HWM (Singapore) - - LEARN - by ZacharyChan

The way we use a mo­bile de­vice is dif­fer­ent from a desk­top com­puter. Take soft­ware for ex­am­ple. On com­put­ers, you gen­er­ally know ex­actly what you need. Smartphones in­tro­duced the con­cept of the app store, which is more of an ex­ploratory ex­pe­ri­ence. Sim­i­larly, the way you browse the in­ter­net can be dif­fer­ent. Most web­sites de­fault to sim­pli­fied ver­sions when they de­tect a mo­bile de­vice. And even if you force the desk­top ver­sion to load, you’ll of­ten run into nav­i­ga­tion and lay­out is­sues. If you’re look­ing for an al­ter­na­tive ap­proach on your iOS de­vice, you could try Opera Coast, which has re­cently had a ma­jor up­grade to ver­sion 4.0. Here are four rea­sons why you should give Opera Coast 4.0 a try.


Opera Coast is de­signed for touch-based nav­i­ga­tion. Yes, you can bring out the search bar if you want to specif­i­cally visit a page. How­ever, like the App Store, re­sults are vis­ual rather than just plain text. Also, in Opera Coast 4.0, there is a new Dis­cover fea­ture where you’ll get cu­rated con­tent pushed to you when you bring up the search bar. When you’re on-the-go and don’t re­ally have time to sit down and di­gest your daily book­marks, this is a great fea­ture to hop around with top­ics that seem in­ter­est­ing. Who knows, you might just find a new fa­vorite site.


Most web­sites have some form of share but­ton, but it’s not al­ways ap­par­ent, and some­times they don’t have a link to your pre­ferred so­cial net­work or mes­sag­ing app. Copy-past­ing links from a web­site on a smart­phone can also call for some fin­ger gym­nas­tics. Opera Coast 4.0 has its own built-in share but­ton that al­lows you to post just about any con­tent to popular mes­sen­ger and so­cial net­work­ing sites like Face­book, Twit­ter, What­sApp and Line. Again, it does this in a vis­ual man­ner so you link looks like a cus­tom­ized im­age rather than a text URL.


Opera Coast 4.0 sup­ports Hand­off, which is part of Ap­ple’s new Con­ti­nu­ity fea­tures. This be­comes a great way to con­tinue surf­ing from your iPad to on your Mac once you’ve reached home (or the of­fice). You can now jump be­tween dif­fer­ent browsers, screens and other de­vices too. While this fea­ture is not limited to Coast, your other de­vices/browsers will need to sup­port or have Hand­off en­abled.


Lastly, Opera Coast 4.0 fi­nally comes with Opera Turbo com­pres­sion tech­nol­ogy. This fea­ture was pre­vi­ously only avail­able in the Opera Mini ver­sion of the browser for iOS. Opera Turbo is a server-side com­pres­sion tech­nol­ogy which routes the pages you’re load­ing to ded­i­cated Opera Turbo servers first, which then try to re­duce data sizes as much as pos­si­ble be­fore send­ing it to you. This of­ten re­sults in lower band­width us­age for you and helps load pages faster. While Turbo doesn’t work on all con­tent, es­pe­cially en­crypted ones like on­line bank­ing, it is very use­ful for gen­eral surf­ing es­pe­cially if you have a low data cap or in an area with very bad con­nec­tion speeds.

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