"Not cutting edge, but solid smartphone build."4.5 starson by cobracommand0
Pros: Battery life: 5 of 5. I charge my electronics every night anyway, but the Dinc2 has been lasting all day even with heavy music/video/web use.
UI: 5 of 5. Customization is fantastic, snappy response times.
Camera: 5 of 5. Replaced old P&S camera.
Cons: Price tag is a little high, since the phone lacks 4G.
Native music app is bass heavy (not in a good way), but fixed by using PowerAMP app.
Movies do not rotate during playback. (see summary for issue).
Screen washes out in bright sunlight.
Summary: This phone does exactly what I expected it to do; I wasn't looking for a cutting edge phone, but for a solid smartphone with Google integration, a snappy processor, and usable battery life. I also wanted a decent camera on board to replace my aging P&S camera that was on its last legs. I also needed a GSM phone since I'm probably getting deployed in the next few months to Europe. My final requirement was to have a decent music player since I didn't want to carry a phone and an iPod touch.
I love how customizable the Dinc2 interface is. The phone comes with a very cluttered interface, with lots of widgets and other battery draining clutter mucking up the UI. These are very easily removable/replaceable by the user to make for a very clean and battery friendly UI.
I use Twitter/Google more than Facebook for news/social and so the Friendstream widget was useless for me, but I guess it could be appreciated by someone who uses social networking often. The Google integration was perfect, I was able to easily sync contacts, Gmail, Gdocs, and Gcal to the phone and add widgets where I needed them. Also, Skype and Google Talk have worked very well over 3G, but no video chat with Skype/Gtalk yet (even though Google did release video support for mobiles a few days ago).
Battery life has been better than expected. Running a large screen, 1ghz proc, and 3G data can definitely eat up a battery quickly. The Dinc2 battery has been lasting all day with moderate/heavy music, video, and web searches. I only dropped to 0.25 battery life on the first day, which was without a full charge from the store to begin with. I used ATK (Advanced Task Killer) for the first/second day because I was worried about battery life, but this hasn't been an issue in the long run. I do switch to wireless when I'm not on the go, and run the screen at the middle brightness level; but I still run Skype/Gtalk throughout the day with music/video and I am not experiencing any shortage of battery life.
The camera has done well, definitely better than the old P&S I was using. The front facing camera seems to be okay, but without video chat it seems kinda useless. The photos from the rear camera can get a little noisy in low light; but the dual LED flash works pretty well, but can over expose on occasion. I'm still playing around with the settings, but I'm pretty happy with the camera performance.
The main issues I have with the phone are twofold; the included music player is rubbish, and the video playback will not rotate (still trying to find a work around for this). The surround sound option on the included music app is decent, but it really just puts an emphasis on boosting an artificial sounding bass that muffles the mids and highs. This is easily fixed by using the PowerAMP app (I'm currently using the free trial). PowerAMP is the best fix I've found so far, the EQ is amazing and I am satisfied with music playback after this workaround.
The non-rotating video REALLY annoys me, and I'm trying to fix this ASAP. I have a case with a stand, which works great for watching movies, except that the mini-usb is located on the lower left hand side of the phone. So, it's impossible to use the stand and have the phone plugged in at the same time, because the screen will not rotate (and the usb sticks out of the bottom side of the phone). This really isn't a huge deal, but it is annoying nonetheless.
I'm really pleased with the phone, all of the features are exactly what I needed from a smartphone and it has replaced the other electronic devices that I needed it to. I would not recommend this phone to someone who wants a phone that "just works". The iPhone is definitely a better choice for someone who is looking to use the device right out of the box and who isn't interested in customizing little details and getting the most out of a phone. Not that a non-technical person would be unable to use this phone, but the Dinc2 is definitely better suited for techies in my opinion. As a linux user, I prefer to set up my own user experience with my electronic devices; which is why I went with this phone to begin with.
If you do your research and learn the benefits and limitations of the Dinc2, you can definitely appreciate this smartphone. I'm very pleased with the overall experience and would definitely recommend the Dinc2 over the 4g phones that are available, simply because of the reliability of the Incredible. The Dinc2 isn't cutting edge, but it's solid technology that works like it was designed to.