...the interesting part is not who won, but how. So... how did Safari manage to beat Opera? Even more, where did this happen? These are exactly the questions who need answers, and that's what we're going to do right away - give some answers!
First, I'll give you the location - the App Store. Why the App Store? Because that's the place where Safari could beat Opera without any scratches, and without having to do anything. It was enough to yell "Dad! That big, bad Opera wants to beat me!" - <-125x125 Button - right->it may sound like a joke, but that's the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!
The story goes like this(the "how" part I mentioned above) - Opera Mini has been ported for the iPhone already, but it can't get into the App Store. The reason is that Apple's rules reject anything replicating the core functionality of the iPhone or iPod Touch, even if they do it better.
Other than the above, it's mumbo-jumbo. Apple is leaving the users behind, and pushes forward its own products, taking away freedom of choice. Afraid of seeing Safari kicked down by Opera Mini, guys?