The first beta of the Opera Mobile 10 for Symbian devices is now available for both S60 3rd and 5th Edition devices. The browser supports multiple tabs, a speed dial and a very speedy performance which gets an even bigger boost when you enable the ‘Turbo’ mode which uses server side compression akin to its sibling Opera Mini.
The browser also features on screen keyboards QWERTY keyboards (both Portrait and Landscape) similar to the Opera Mini application. The tabs are very easy to navigate and the whole interface seems snappy with more than a hint of eye candy.
(Website rendering is quick, you can double tap to zoom)
(The QWERTY keyboard is a pleasure)
(Tab management is intuitive, tap to switch)
(The settings menu slides in with a bit of eye candy, is easy to navigate)
(Opera Turbo enables server side compression like the Opera Mini)
(Landscape mode is available as well, kinetic scrolling is minimal)
(There is sadly no flash support, there was a video after the second paragraph)
I will be playing with this release a little more over the next few days and will let you know what I think, meanwhile I suggest you go ahead and download anyway, its free after all. If nothing else, think of it as a native Opera Mini on steroids. The beta is free to download to your computer from http://www.opera.com/mobile/next/ or directly to your mobile phone from http://m.opera.com/mobile.