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Opera vs. Pocket IE – First Impressions

In honor of today’s release of Opera for Pocket PC, and as part of my testing it out, here are side by side screenshots of Opera and Pocket IE (Windows Mobile 2003) rendering Google’s home page. Opera on the left, Pocket IE on the right.

Yup – Opera’s still ugly. 😉

Button text and address bar fonts are atrocious. Who uses Courier in a UI anymore? The page wrapping feature doesn’t work nearly as well – see the cut off text? Yes, there’s a little horizontal scrolling in PIE, but that’s particular to this page.

Opera still just feels ugly, and very “beta”. Oh, and a 5.5MB .cab file install? Way too much space to take up for a browser. And no option for a desktop installer – you have to be comfortable copying the .cab file to your device and running from there to install.

I really wanted to like you, Opera, but this first impression just didn’t do much for me..

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