I had been long planning to try and see if I could get some sort of mobile browser running on my Archos 9. Yes we have full featured plug-in enabled browsers that do the job, but I really wanted a super light, browser with just AMAZING touch scrolling on my A9. EDIT:
Opera Mobile has a Windows native developer version... so no emulation needed, check my second post. Fennec\Firefox Mobile is also available!
Opera Mini to the rescue. I've been playing with it for the past few minutes and is soooo quick, the scrolling is soooo smooth, and having a nice big keyboard pop up whenever I enter a text field is awesome. Additionally having the interface supersized and really touch centric like you'd find it on the iPad is really refreshing. Granted a mobile browser has several limitations, but this is great for a quick browsing session and great for when you hand the A9 over to a friend as it makes the device seem super smooth.Directions
To get it running I installed JAVA, then followed these directions http://www.bizzntech.com/2008/04/04/how-to-use-opera-mini-on-your-pcTips:
I keep my startbar on the right side, and so set the JAVA program resolution to 960x600.
I set Opera Mini's settings to HIGH image quality and LARGE text.
I also set Opera Mini to fullscreen and since I use Opera on my desktop I was able to just pick up my bookmarks thorugh the cloud/Opera Link.
Finally, Opera's keyboard can be enabled or disabled, but I really like it... So its staying enabled.
I don't know how much use it'll get since desktop Opera is so powerful and also supports touch (sadly no super smooth inertia) but its fun to play with
Here's a screenshot of how it looks, that I grabbed off the web. The screenshot is using Kemulator, but I'm using Microemulator. I'm hoping to skin the emulator so that its menus are completely hidden.