Softpedia has managed to get the first hands-on session with Opera for iPad at MWC 2011 in Barcelona today. According to Softpedia, Opera for iPad is â€œblazingly fast!â€. Apparently their man on the show floor was particularly impressed with the browserâ€™s speed when you pinch to zoom in and out. Softpedia says that not only is the browser fast, it also runs very smoothly. Operaâ€™s â€œVisual Tabsâ€ feature lets users have several web pages open at once, and switching between them, via tabs, is also apparently very quick and easy. Each tab enables the previewing of a thumbnail, the page title and page icon.
Interestingly, Softpedia says that the Opera for iPad browser also has its own virtual keyboard that you can use instead of the iPadâ€™s virtual keyboard when you want to type in information on a page, but that seems to be the one feature that their editor was not too enamoured with!
Although Opera did not give Softpedia a specific release date, they say to expect the browser to appear in the App Store as a free download in approximately one week.
Source: MWC 2011: Opera for iPad Preview - Softpedia Exclusive - Softpedia