HTC Desire vs HTC HD2: Browser Performance video

Here’s a video a shot showing the performance of the HTC Desire vs the HTC HD2 when it comes to loading and rendering web page using the default browser on both handsets. The first thing you will notice is that both devices are nearly identical in speed when loading the web page but things are quite different once you start navigating…Pages are always render fully zoomed-out and fit perfectly in the whole screen on the HTC Desire (same as on the iPhone) unlike Opera Mobile on the HD2. The second advantage of the HTC Desire is the fact that you will never witness any checkerboard pattern once the page is fully loaded and even-though text re-flow is present it doesn’t mess up you ability to zoom into pictures like Opera does on Windows Mobile. Finally the Desire’s browser support flash (not Flash 10.1 yet AFAICS) but as I mention in the video, the quality of the videos played through the browser is sub-par so you will need to check them out in the native YouTube application to experience them in the fully glory. Check out the video below:

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Opera Mobile 10 & Opera Mini 5 final available now for all mobile platforms

Opera announced today the official availibility of the final version of Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5 on Windows Mobile, Android, Symbian & Blackberry.

Today, Opera Software released the final versions of the world’s most popular mobile Web browsers, Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10. Now, nearly any mobile phone can support an Opera-driven Web experience, complete with unmatched speed, style and cost savings. Simply go to to download it directly to your phone today.

Today’s release puts the finishing touches on the Opera mobile-browsing duo. The focus is on delivering the best Internet experience on nearly any mobile phone, along with a unified look and feel and innovative favorite features, such as Speed Dial, password manager and tabbed browsing.

“Keeping in mind the needs and wants of our 50+ million users, we have emphasized speed, desktop-like functionality and data savings in our mobile browsers. Today, we have made it even easier for everyone to surf, search and socialize on the Web,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.

Grab it here or by pointing you phone’s browser to

Opera Mobile 10 Beta 3 released

Opera has just released the Beta 3 of Opera Mobile 10 for Windows Mobile & Symbian devices. The major new feature is the addition of FalshLite 3.1 support on Windows Mobile devices (it’s still experimental and from what I’ve seen it doesn’t work quite well even on the HTC HD2). There’s still no Text-Reflow or pinch-to-zoom support though and it looks like screen rotation is gone..

- Complete bookmark sync in Opera Link
- Support for non-latin characters in the UI also when phone is set to latin locale (requires international build)
- A lot of input and keyboard related fixes
- Fixed text selection
- Visual indication of input mode also for non-latin input modes
- General bug fixing (stability, UI)

Windows Mobile
- keypad/smartphone support
- Flash Lite 3.1 support (disabled by default)
- Complete bookmark sync in Opera Link
- BIDI support also for language extensions
- phone numbers in plain text are converted to links
- support for background sound
- general bug fixing (stability, UI)

Known issues include:

- Opera Link: Bookmarks saved in Beta 2 are lost when upgrading to Beta 3
- Hotmail does not work, please use the mobile version “”
- Dragonfly – need to do ‘connect’ two times in a row to get a connection working

- After permanently accepting an untrusted certificate, you get an error when trying to load the https:// page again. Workaround: In the S60 device menu go to the Settings -> General -> Security -> Certificate Management -> Trusted site certificates and delete the certificate for the problematic site

Windows Mobile:
- Flash is only a preview/in alpha state, expect instabilities, performance degradation during use
- Flash is only supported on touch devices
- Need to double-click on Flash content to view it in full-screen, another double-click to return
- right-to-left support is not complete in the UI
- On certain WM5 Smartphone/WM6 Standard devices, the dictionary is not disabled in the password field
- Unable to type special characters on Moto Q9
- Certain HTC devices with TouchFLO will force Opera back to portrait mode if visiting home screen when Opera is in landscape
- Some input method editors are known not to work well with Opera because they do not comply with Microsoft’s SIP and/or IME standard. When such an editor is detected by Opera, Opera will use a known (default) input method instead. An exception is EzInput v1.5, where the phone keypad and compact QWERTY, ABC mode doesn’t work, but the rest of the modes work fine. We recommend upgrading to EzInput v2.0 to avoid this.

You can grab it here

HTC HD2 vs Google Nexus One browser performance

Brandon at Pocketnow just blessed us with a HTC HD2 vs Google Nexus One web browsing comparison video. As I’ve poiinted out in the HD2 review, Opera Mobile 9.7 seems to have some problems rendering webpages (you can cleary see it in the video) something the Nexus One doesn’t seem to have a problem with. On the other hand the HD2 seems to have the upper hand when it comes to navigation (zoomin looks painfull on the N1, same for opening a new tab). All in all, Safari Mobile on the iPhone is still the king of the hill…

Source: Pocketnow

Opera Mobile 10 Beta 2 updated on Windows Mobile

Opera just released an update to their beta of Opera Mobile 10 on Windows Mobile. This new version adds:

Changelog from Beta 2:

Support for auto-rotation

Support for right-to-left rendering of web content

Quicker launch, up to 70% faster on some phone models

Nicer shortcut icon for WM 6.5 (requires device reboot after install)

A few stability fixes

Several other minor bug fixes

Grab it here

New Opera Mobile 9.7 build 35627 for the HTC HD2

If you don’t feel like flashing the latest T-Mobile 2.01 ROM you can still install the latest build of Opera Mobile 9.7 (35627) on your HTC HD2. So far it seems like the browser is a tiny bit faster when switching from portrait to landscape and a bit more responsive. Just grab the cab here. FYI the previous build number was 35577. You can also download the latest version of HTC Album here.

Via: XDA

Opera Mobile 10 Beta and Opera Mini 5 beta updated

Opera Mobile 10
Opera just announced that Opera Mobile 10 Beta for Windows Mobile and Symbian and Opera Mini 5 beta have been updated today:

Sync up your phones
Opera releases new betas of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile
Oslo, Norway — December 2, 2009
Opera today launched the second beta versions of Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10, available as free downloads. In this second beta release, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile users can now enjoy popular desktop features, such as Opera Link and the Download Manager, from their mobile phones.

With Opera Link, users can synchronize personal browser settings with their Opera desktop browser, as well as all their connected devices, ensuring that their bookmarks, Speed Dial and search engines are always accessible. The Download Manager gives users a better way to control and speed up downloads to mobile phones.

You can download Opera Mini 5 here and Opera Mobile 10 here.

Here’a video of Oprea Mobile 10 beta on the Samsung Omnia II:

Source: Opera

Opera Mobile 10 Beta available on Windows Mobile

Opera Mobile 10 winmo
Hey look what we got here, Opera Mobile 10 is now available on Windows Mobile devices. After being releasedon Symbian phones a few days ago it’s now WinMo’s turn:

Head over here to download it.

Source: Opera via Twitter

Opera Mobile 10 beta update released

Opera Mobile 10
Looks like I (& many others I guess) missed this one a few days ago. Opera has released an updated version of the Opera Mobile 10 Beta browser for Symbian phones. This updates includes the following fixes/features:

The multi-language build includes a font package covering several Asian languages.

In addition to this, both builds contain some minor fixes:

- Font handling fix
- Cache size is calculated at a different point in the loading process
- Reduced frequency of error messages when out of memory occurs
- RTSP support is added to enable videos on

Known issues:

- If RealPlayer is the default media player, you will need to set the access point in RealPlayer to the same access point Opera is using.
- The multi-language build does not cover all character sets. Please take a look at this forum comment for more details.
- Soft keyboard is shown even though hard keyboard is slid out and in use.
- Only partial IME support.
- Occasional freezes under stress conditions.
- Opera Link is not included in the beta.

For more information about this new build go to Opera Mobile’s blog here

You can download the browser here

HTC HD2 browser test

Pocketnow posted a video showing the HTC HD2 Opera Moile 9.7 in action against Safari on the iPhone 3GS. Brandon also demos the SkyFire browser:

Opera Mobile 9.7 on the HD2 is a great step forward in terms of improved browsing experience on Windows Mobile, but Safari on the 3GS is still IMO the best mobile browser around (no-flash support and the lower resoution beeing the only downsides).

Source: Pocketnow

HTC HD2 vs iPhone 3GS video comparison

The Itatlian boys at another HTC HD2 video, this time demonstrating the browser’s speed (Opera Mobile 9.7) against the iPhone 3GS.

As you can see, the iPhone 3GS either slightly faster or equal to the HTC HD2 (who btw doesn’t render the correctly). It should be noted that the HD2 is rendering 2.5x more pixels than the iPhone 3GS.


A few more HTC HD2 videos

Frist is a short look at the HTC HD2 done by Tracy & Matt in the UK:

Srouce: YouTube

The second one is a video of the full boot-up sequence of the device followed by the setup:

Source: YouTube

Video of Opera Mobile 10 on the Samsung OmniaHD

Here’s a video of the newly released Opera Mobile 10 beta running on Samsung‘s highend Symbian smartphone the OmniaHD. Everything seems to be working perfectly fine, panning and scrolling is smooth:

Source: YouTube via

Opera Mobile 10 Beta launched on Nokia phones (Symbian)

Opera Mobile 10
Opera just launched the latest version of their critically acclaimed mobile browser exclusively on Symbian / Nokia smartphones. Opera Mobile 10 beta packs a lot of new features and is also faster than its predecessor.

New in Opera Mobile 10

Intuitive interface

Opera Mobile 10 beta boasts a powerful new user interface. Merging the best from our desktop browser with new innovations for mobile phones, Opera Mobile is advanced and highly intuitive to use.

Faster browsing

Opera Mobile 10 beta is faster at rendering pages, zooming, panning and almost everything else you do with a browser. Page downloading is now 50% faster than the previous version of Opera for Symbian/S60 phones.

Speed Dial

Get to your favorite Web page with just one click, with a set of visual bookmarks that appear when you open a new tab. To add a new page, simply click on an empty Speed Dial slot.


With tabbed browsing, you no longer need to interrupt one session to start another. Check your Web mail in one window, Facebook in another, Twitter in a third and all that while checking the latest sports results.

Head over here to download it.

Windows Mobile probably won’t get this new version given that Opera Mobile 9.7 is only officially starting to ship now on the HTC HD2 (Opera frequently skips versions on different mobile platforms). Still no news on the Android version though.. Check out Opera Mobile 10 running on the OmniaHD here.

Source: Opera & PR

A few more HTC HD2 multi-touch videos

The boy at are on a roll today. Three more videos showing the pinch-zooming gesture on the HTC HD2 have been uploaded:

HTC HD2 vs HTC Touch HD in Opera Mobile:

HTC HD2 vs HTC Hero:

HTC HD2 pinch-zooming in TouchFlo and third-party apps:


Mobile Browser test: HTC HD2 vs Acer neoTouch vs iPhone 3GS

SoloPalamari just posted a quick browser comparison between the HTC HD2 (Opera Mobile 9.7) , Acer neoTouch (IE Mobile 6) & iPhone 3GS (Safari). Unfotunitely the test doesn’t really mean much because the Opera Turbo mode was enabled on the HTC HD2 (page are compressed on Opera’s proxy server to boost download speed) & the browser cache wasn’t cleared on all the phones.

Source: SoloPalmari

Lengthy HTC HD2 Review

The German boys at Areamobile just posted their lengthy review of the HTC HD2. There’s a really huge picture gallery that you should make sure to check out. Unfortunately the website is horrible to navigate (and slow as hell for me in IE & FireFox). But if you have some time use Google Translate to read the whole thing. Here’s their conclusion:


With the sales launch of HD2 iPhone losing its dominant position in the mobile market. Technically, the HTC smartphone, in all respects preferable to use at least comes close to the cult phone. Only the small battery could prove a major weakness of the HD2 – but that will only show the detailed testing.

The remains unmatched advantage of Apple is the perfect software ecosystem that was created by the company during the past two years. Download and buy music and programs from iTunes and App Store are simply unbeatable. But if one sees the gigantic high-end mobile phone from HTC besides the iPhone, then it is suddenly aware of the many drawbacks of compulsory binding to the PC’s iTunes software, the rudimentary Bluetooth support, the rigid arrangement of the user interface, the camera without flash that is not replaceable battery – but especially the high price and the adhesion contract with a network operator. It has been approvingly accepted with the knowledge, the best phone in the world in your hand and hold. But the competition is the development deficit made up. The HTC HD2 marks the beginning of a new generation of high-end smartphones, the Apple phone can suddenly look very old. The user can rejoice, because he is finally faced with a choice between different smart phones and operating systems, even if he has high standards.

Hit the link here

Source: AreaMobile

Full HTC HD2 review

WINMO.NL finally posted their Full review of HTC’s HD2 (we posted the first video earlier today). According to them the device feels really solid and sleek. Camera quality isn’t bad either. The device also came bundled with CoPilot GPS. Unfortunitely the review doesn’t really go in-depth so there’s nothing really new, just head over here to read the whole thing (using Google translate obviously):

capacitive But it is getting used, the combination capacitive screen + Windows Mobile.
HTC has gone to very good through the Sense HTC lot capacitive finger-friendly, but for those years with the counterpart, the resistive screen (based on real pressure on the screen) has worked to change the capacitive to practice .
In particular, typing on the virtual keyboard screen is suddenly a lot slower, because you screen compared to a resistive touchscreen just another way to touch.

Multitouch coming to Windows phones! Thanks HTC. Windows Mobile 6.5 supports ie not multitouch, but HTC’s Sense and the Opera Web browser interface is nice.
The principle is simple but well-known (of course the iPhone): with two fingers can now make all sorts of gestures to things happening on your screen.
The most famous, the “pinch” the HD2 is supported, allowing you to squeeze a motion picture, text and websites can zoom in and out.

Opera Mobile 9.7:

Video Playback:

Source: WINMO.NL

HTC HD2 Sense UI video walk-through

One more HTC HD2 video for you viewing pleasure today. This time from WINMO.NL showing us a quick walk-through of the Sense UI (TouchFLO 2.5):

Update: Full review here

Source: YouTube