30 October 2017

Uganda: Opera Mini Gives You Worthwhile Browsing

opinion

Yes, we are still talking about avoiding burning a hole in your pocket by saving yourself some data, and yes, we are still in the Opera stable.

The other week, we looked at Opera Max, an app that compresses your data and blocks access from other apps that you wouldn't want using your data all the time, overall giving you more control over your own data usage.

This time round, we are going to look at its 'younger' sibling, the Opera Mini. Whereas Max takes care of your wallet by tackling offending apps, Mini champions the same cause by being an astute browser.

You might not need to compress all your data, but if you spend a lot of time browsing the web on your smartphone, then Opera Mini is something you should look at.

What makes it special? Writing on www.androidcentral.com, Richard Devine says, "The party piece here is the data compression allowing you to browse the web and use less of your precious GeeBees while you do it.

You don't have to use the data saving modes at all, if you're using Opera Mini." It has two settings: High and Extreme. Devine says he managed to save up to 87 per cent of data on Extreme after a browsing session.

This mode boosts data savings and speeds on poor networks. Some heavy pages don't work seamlessly on this mode, though.

I have personally opted for Opera Mini as my browser whenever I'm faced with a poor internet connection, especially while opening heavy pages such as Facebook.

So, what else do you get besides the data compression? My absolute favourite is its ability to save pages for later offline reading. As such, I'll often open a page of interest (of course using Opera Mini as the browser) and immediately save it for later reading, this as much for saving data as for saving time.

Opera Mini also features a versatile ad blocker. "We logged on to a couple of websites that usually bombards us with ads, and we saw the difference," writes Devika Chitnis on gadgets.ndtv.com's 'Gadgets 360°.'

There is a speed dial feature where you can add websites to the main page, making it easier to get to your favourite sites; here also, you get a selection of top current news feeds.

Now, just because you are conserving doesn't mean you don't still need to download files from time to time. Opera Mini will let you handle multiple downloads in the background and give you an easy way to get at them inside the browser.

You can also view pages in night mode to avoid eye strain.

Devine's final verdict of the app: "If you're on a tight data plan, it could definitely help you out, and since it's free, there's no reason not to at least give it a whirl."

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