operaOpera Mini, which is probably the best browser for BlackBerry, Nokia, HTC and other Java enabled mobile phones, just got better.

Opera today released a new version of Opera Mini that includes tabs so you can open multiple web pages in the same browser simultaneously without having to close the previous ones. This feature is especially optimized for touch screen phones – you can browse through all the open tabs without moving the existing one to the background.

Opera Mini adds a new "Open in Mini" option to your BlackBerry email client so you open hyperlinks in email messages in either Opera Mini or the default BlackBerry browser. In my limited testing, this feature works only with plain text emails.

Other new features in Opera Mini 5 that lot of you may find useful are copy-paste and a built-in password manager so you don’t have to type your logins and passwords over and over again. The passwords are saved on your phone itself.

Screenshots of Opera Mini 5

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Opera Mini 5 is still in beta but the good part is that you can install it alongside your existing installation of Opera Mini 4. To download Opera Mini 5, visit m.opera.com/next from your mobile phone browser and download the Opera Mini 5 installer specific to your phone.