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My long review

by audreyshow    May 1, 2011, 1:55 AM

Okay, I posted this in another thread, but I really should have just started a new one. I didn't realize I would be limited to 2000 characters when posting under the Reviews tab. So I am re-posting my original review here, in case anyone who reads my short review wants to read my full version (they can find it easier).

I have had my DINC2 for not quite 2 full days now, and so far I am LOVING it! It is very similar to the original, which as I've said before, is fine by me. It's why I've chosen to stick with HTC for a long time to come. They may not have changed it up dramatically, but it's still a worthy follow-up.
I noticed the Dinc2 has skins now, which I like because it gives you the option of having a different looking interface from the original. There are only 4 options as of now, but I'm hoping they will release more later. I have noticed my signal bars are low where I live, usually my husband's phone has exactly one bar more than my phone (he has the DINC1, for those who haven't read my other posts in the forum). But surprisingly, even when my signal was really reaalllly bad (talking -102 dBm), it was still downloading pages about 1 or 2 seconds faster than my hubby's (with a signal around -85 dBm). It didn't seem to affect my speed at all. I mean really, that is surprising. My old Moto Droid would get a signal like that often, and usually would drop to 1x when that happened, and not work at all. I've seen this phone switch twice for all of about 3 seconds. So even with a poor signal, this phone is working it! So, hopefully no issues will arise with the poor signal where I live. I was disappointed this version didn't come with Google News and Weather. Really disappointed. I used that widget DAILY. I googled until I found an .apk file for it though, and I am now super happy. I have everything I need now. My .apk for swype didn't work the first 2 times I installed it, but 3rd time was the charm. That's another one I'd be unhappy to live without.
Oh, it also has this nifty little feature (that I'm sure wasn't original to this phone, but I'd never seen it on a phone before) that will automatically switch you to speaker phone when you lay the phone down or turn the phone over with the back facing up, and switch it back when you pick it up. That will actually come in pretty handy for me. Smile It also has one of those games that you tilt the phone to roll a ball into a hole. I don't play many games on my phone, but I found it amusing.
I think my ONLY real gripe with the phone so far is the dang power button. The button on the DINC1 was really easy to feel and push, but not too easy. On my Moto Droid it was a pain because the button just seemed a little too stiff, even after a year and a half. On the DINC2, it is so flush with the top of the phone, you can barely feel that it's there, and I have small fingers. You have to be very precise where you push the button. Going on my second day with, I have started to get use to exactly where the button is located, so I'm sure with a few more days, it won't be an issue at all. I handed it to my hubby today and told him to press it to see what I meant. He had to try at least 3 times before he got the button pushed lol. My first day was like that a lot. I've only missed it a couple of times today, so a vast improvement. The battery seems to be holding up wonderfully. It didn't have a full charge when I first turned it on, of course. I think I charged it for about 20 minutes and then played with it the rest of the day. I downloaded several apps yesterday, and was really messing with it most of the day, customizing it, using the camera (which works great btw), playing some music, used the wifi for a few installations, etc. The battery never got to critical low, but I did charge it fully overnight to see how it held up today. I haven't played with it as much today, but it has gotten a fair share of my attention and I still have almost half a bar left at the end of the day. Which reminds me, that is one thing I liked about my Moto Droid. It listed the actual percentage of the battery left, whereas the DINC2 just basically shows you a long green bar with sections to represent the charge left. The screen size is definitely nice. I was worried about the larger dimensions of this phone vs. the original, because I really wanted something smaller and lighter than my Moto Droid. Even though it's a little bit bigger, it's still lighter, and I love the size and feel of it. (I found the Thunderbolt to be too bulky for my tastes). It's still slender enough to easily slide in my pocket, and I think my hubby is a bit jealous of the screen size because he has bigger hands and it would be easier for him to maneuver things on this phone. It seems to be a bit crisper than the original as well, although for some reason, it was harder to see outside with my polarized sunglasses than his. Not sure why. If you've ever worn polarized sunglasses, you know that it can distort certain glass surfaces. Well, mine seem to dim the screen on the DINC2, much more than the DINC1. Although I can see it better when not in direct sunlight with my sunglasses on, and just fine in any light without my sunglasses on. Otherwise, the screen is superior.
It has a few other little unimportant features that I fancy, like a red calculator (I know, lame), voice recorder, 7 screens (without modding), and just tons of customization. I haven't really played with my husband's phone enough to know how many features are new, but I know enough to be happy with my decision. If I should start to have any problems with my reception because of the low signal issue, I will report back. Because of this, I'm choosing to give it 4 stars. If, in time, it doesn't prove to cause dropped calls or loss of the data connection, then I'd give it 5 stars. And I'm curious to know if anyone else will notice a lower number of bars than other phones around them. Providing no problems arise with the reception, all in all, this is the best phone I have owned so far!

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