Is Opera Mini faster than Mobile Safari – The answer is YES!
Page load is definitely faster in Opera Mini than iPhone’s Mobile Safari. Out of the five or so sites load over Wi-Fi, the average load time of Opera Mini beat Safari by almost 15 seconds! Although the speed will vary if your connection to Opera’s Server is slow or Opera’s Server load is high. So now surfing on Opera Mini highly dependent on its server.
Browser Boot up time
Mobile Safari won this round by “caching” it iPhone System memory, although Safari’s boot up time is slower during cold start. Cold start meaning fresh from reboot of iPhone, when you launch Mobile Safari, it will be slower than Opera Mini. But after caching it, from then on, it only take close to 1 second to boot up.
If you wish to just have a quick check of the web and don’t want to wait 4 seconds for each launch. Safari is the one.
Looks and browsing experience
After using Opera Mini for 2 days or so, I feel it is clean and fast enough to be use as the main browser. Pinch and Zoom works fine, scrolling and surfing the web seems to be close to be as pleasant as browsing on mobile safari.
But the main issue is the rendering, Opera Mini when showing the whole page, rendered it in a very weird matter. Texts and Pictures can’t be seen as clearly as you can see on Mobile Safari. As seen on the picture above, Mobile Safari actually render the page in a nicer way, where you can see text and picture clearly whereas Opera Mini fails to present it nicely.