Opera mobile: 8.49mb
If opera is less bloated than the bloated Dolphin it must be very badly written.
Trying Opera again now.
I rarely search from a browser, I follow links.
Opera loads it's own shite home page before opening yours
Opera opens its splash image before that
Opera opens in overview mode so you always have to zoom. Stock opens at the right size
This is not fast browsing
I hate all of operas naff design. I think the designers must love android 2.x
Have to say the size of the app is of very little relevance to me - it's how it works that matters.On load, it opens a speed buttons page. I find this useful to be honest. But it certainly takes no longer than opening a home page which might not be the one I want to use!
I don't "get" the issue with overview mode. If it's a mobile-optimised site, it displays fully. If it's a desktop site, it opens in overview. That's surely the most useful way on a small screen, a quick double tap any you're at the area you want. Stock doesn't open in a "useable" way for me on desktop sites, I have to pan around to find what I want.
I can understand the dislike of the button interface, but I'm voting for functionality over form. I'm not talking "2millisecs" here either - Opera realistically loads pages significantly (several seconds in some cases) faster than other browsers. I honestly don't think I would use my phone for browsing anywhere near as much as I do if I had to use one of the other browsers.
I really hope they don't mess up the new Opera Beta, because it's performance is awful - or at least kepe the current version of Mobile available rather than force an upgrade.
I guess it's all down to opinions.