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Opera 8.5 Beta for Windows Mobile

I tried out Opera 8.5 Beta for Windows Mobile. It’s shareware with a 45-day trial, and I imagine the non-beta will be $29 like the other mobile versions of Opera are. If I carry on using my PDA for much longer it may be a worthwhile investment as it’s a big step-up from Pocket IE, which is based on Internet Explorer 4 and doesn’t really work that well with pages that haven’t been optimised specifically for mobile devices.

Incidentally, although I have a stylesheet for handheld devices, Opera ignores this and tries to render the normal one with is designed for 800×600+ resolutions, which means it looks a bit screwed up. Opera does, however, allow you to ‘zoom’ pages, and at 50% this site actually looks okay. WIth my eyesight, 75% seems okay for almost all pages and it does do a much better job at rendering normal pages than Pocket IE. Its user agent is essentially the same as Pocket IE but with Opera/8.5 [en] on the end of it, so presumably most web statistics packages will detect it as Opera, like they do when Opera is in IE-spoofing mode.

The interface is nice and simple too. Ever since Opera for Windows Smartphone came out I’ve been waiting for this and I’m not too disappointed.

One Comment

  1. It didn’t work on my Treo.