You have a nice, shiny new G1 from T-Mobile or Rogers, and you’re all excited to try out 3G coverage in your area for the much-tauted HSDPA 3G speed, right?
If you’re like me, it’s one of the first things you did when you unboxed and set up that bad boy.
But like me, you may have noticed how horribly sluggish the Chrome browser built into Android really feels when cruising around. Oh, sure. Cupcake has brought us many wonders, among which is multi-touch support for Chrome on Android. But is it really that necessary? I would say that speed counts over flashiness any day.
And for that, you have but one option in the mobile world: Opera Mini.
This browser lacks some of the niceties of Chrome, but it offers one fantastic feature: compression!
All the web has to offer, compressed in size so as to be delivered up to 10x faster than traditional browsers can deliver it.
That 150k page may only take 5 to 10 seconds to load in Chrome (who wants to wait that long, anyhow) even on a 3G connection, but in Opera, that same page is compressed down to about 20-40k, meaning you can cruise the web (even on EDGE connection) at lightning speed.
I highly recommend you stop by the Android Market and pick it up today. If you’re like me, it will have a permanent home on your home screen.