Opera Mini Browser Aiming for iPhone, Begging the Question: Why?

mini-iphoneIt looks like in many aspects of the mobile space, picking fights is becoming de rigueur. Ahead of the Mobile World Congress, the folks behind the Opera browser are announcing that they’ve got a Opera mini client ready for the iPhone and are offering some sneak peaks to attendees at that event. Of course wide release, is all subject to Apple and its App Store whims. If history is any indicator, it probably won’t be allowed. So, this seems like a set up for a tussle to me.

I’m not an Opera user on any platform, so I’d love to hear thoughts on this from those who are.