The new version of Opera Mini is here. I have only tested it for 3 hours, but my initial thoughts are not 100% favourable.
Some problems below which didn't appear in Opera Mini 4.2 (hope to resolve them soon)
- Entering passwords. The new version does not show the character briefly before showing an asterisk when you press a key. It just shows asterisks. This is problematic, as you have to "guess" if you've pressed the right key.
- The shortcut keys have changed. Normally, pressing '#' then '2' brings up the bookmarks, but here it opens the search field.
- The menu is not easily accessible. I need to press at least 3 keys to get to it.
- Where is the Page Down? One of the most valuable feature of Opera Mini is the ability to page down using the right D-pad key. This is great in mobile view where everything is on 1 column, and there is no need to scroll left or right. Mobile view on the new version does not allow for this.
- Search within page is good. The new find function is great, and is "search as you type".
- Tabbed browsing. Works quite well, with screens changing quickly when you toggle tabs.
- Copy and paste (and search). Press and hold the main center button for a few seconds and it will show up a dialog, "Select Text". Then move the cursor to your start point and press the left soft key. Move using the D-pad to select the text. Then press the left soft key again. Pop up dialog will have 3 options, Copy, Search, and Search With.