It's not me saying that, there are all test you might want to double check or try by yourself.
- Opera Mobile VS Chrome mobile, a browser available only in latest hardware, and Safari Mobile for iOS 6, and we all know how good is the hardware here. Here the result, with Opera Mobile scoring more than anything else
- Hardware Acceleration, something possible on canvas you might want to test in this old prototype of a map, the same I have presented at Front Trends in 2010
- multi touches, so that an interaction with more modern UI based on gestures could work without problems. Here the tesla experiment
In Android 2.X TooThis is the part I love the most about this browser ... I mean, if you assume you have best hardware ever under the hood it's easy to be cool, right?
I am looking at you Chrome and Safari Mobile, and I am leaving Firefox Mobile outside this challenge since, unfortunately, it never competed against stock browsers, in terms of performance. They are getting better, and have to, with Firefox OS, but in an Android 2.3 ... not sure where they are :(
I have a Galaxy Ace, an Android 2.3 phone, that scores with Opera Mobile 406 plus 12 bonus points.
Basically, if all web apps out there would support Opera Mobile, people should not spend more to update their hardware because there is a browser that is kicking every other browser asses in term of performance!
Symbian TooCorrect, good old NOKIA phones could be up to date without problems simply using Opera Mobile, no need to spend that much to get a Windows Phone there, if the problem is the browser you can have touches and multi touches plus extreme performance boost simply downloading and using by default Opera Mobile: as easy as that!
Definition Of Best BrowserA browser that is able to bring to the user every possible modern feature, without requiring HardWare or Operating Systems updates. This would be, in my opinion, the best browser in the world, the missing piece we all have and somehow keep ignoring, in this web scenario.
Why Is ThatI start thinking Opera Mobile team has a really bad marketing support. I cannot believe my stock browser scores 200 against 406 in Opera Mobile and there's no usage percentage in global stats about this browser if not about the Opera Mini version, a completely different beast?
Wha the hell is going on? Why aren't we all developing for this browser too? It's also the easiest to test since available in many platforms ... so, as summary, when I think about any HTML5 product that does not support Opera Mobile is kinda lame, while if it does not support Opera Mobile at its best, using all features that are available, usually twice as those available by default stock browser and in a really performant way, we should rethink our priorities, also because once again, this browsers is available in multiple platform so it should be the preferred target, rather than the least considered one. This usually means profit too so ... I am just saying, and thank you for listening!