Apple's iPhone supplants RIM's BlackBerry as the #1 Opera Mini device in the US

Apple's iPhone supplants RIM's BlackBerry as the #1 Opera Mini device in the US
Opera Mini has long been available to a handful of devices ranging from feature phones to RIM's vast line of BlackBerry smartphones, but now it's clear that Apple iPhone owners have a liking for the popular web browser. Although the iPhone itself sports one of the best native web browsers around, Opera Mini has equally made its presence by offering a rich experience – which interestingly has beaten out every other handset in supplanting itself as the device of choice for Opera Mini in the US. Having been available for just a mere few weeks, Opera Mini for the iPhone has surpassed all others and left them biting in the dust in the US according to the amount of installs for it. When it comes to a global standpoint, the iPhone ranks number three on Opera Mini's list behind Sony Ericsson and Nokia devices. Despite taking the number one spot in the US, it's tough to say if those iPhone owners still use Opera Mini readily as opposed to mobile Safari. Although there are probably millions of downloads for the browser, it doesn't point to the true facts behind retention rates for using it.

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9 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

If APPLE allows a SKYFIRE app, then it will easily surprise OPERA...

2. biggie3d

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

It seems to me that people are actually sick of Safari...

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Well, who wants a browser where you need to download an app to view things like Youtube?? With Skyfire, about the only I cannot do is go to NETFLIZ directly to view movies. I can go to XM radio, without an app, online, and log in and listen to music. I can go to ESPN gamescast with SKYFIRE and view the game action (so to speak). WIth APPLE and SAFARI you cannot. Those VERIZON droid commercials are stupid and do address what IPHONEdon't. Verizon needs to change its DROID commercials and be more direct on what a DROID can, or IPHONE cannot, do.

5. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

If they did that then there would never be a vzw iphone though. I know you may not care but think about the people who do.

6. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I wouldn't say people are sick of Safari. I downloaded Opera on my iPhone. I don't like it near as much as I like Safari. Opera loads really fast, but the pinch zoom is not near as effective as Safari. I use both, but Safari much more.

7. biggie3d

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Thanks for correcting me. I agree with all of your points. 5 years after its debut, it seems like people are just ready for a change.

8. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

What you should be asking networkdood is who the hell would view YouTube with an iPhone on Safari when they have a built in app for that? That's one of the major things the iPhone is known for, they have apps for everything you pointed out that are specialized for each specific thing. It might be nice to do it directly from the browser, but I'd rather have an app that was made specifically for each task as opposed to having it run in the browser.

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Again, you need an app for everything on an IPHONE. Why have an app for everything that a browser should be able to do on its own? I have an old TILT and can do more on SKYFIRE than those with IPHONES.

3. tuminatr

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

hmmm interisting

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