This topic title may be a bombshell for some of the Dingoo (and other Chinese handhelds like the Gemei's and the Letcool's) lovers like me. I want to buy a classic (read: 2D, emulator) gaming handheld for in my coat-pocket. For those boring moments in a train, a waiting room, during commercial breaks on TV etc. etc. .
So you might think: a Dingoo with Dingux on it is perfect for that. Atari 2600, Mame, Snes, Megadrive, PDF reader: the lot! However, the Dingoo is from a time, not so long ago, when devices like that were quite expensive. The $85 it, and its equivalents, cost (and I'm not even starting about shipping costs or arrival time) are getting closer and closer to the price of 2nd hand PSP's and smartphones (read: Android!!) . Those devices can do a lot of "Dindoo things" and they're getting cheaper and cheaper. Not to mention that now-a-days friends and employers are slowly starting to expect from you that you simply own a smartphone.
Android is based on an Linux just like Dingux, so it might be very hackable too. And some Android devices, like the Archos micro tablets/mp3-players, can even dual boot
into Linux! Just like a Dingoo boots into Dingux.
Apart from the fact that a Dingoo-like device has many buttons for gaming (a smartphone hasn't): what's tha added value of a Chinese Gemei/Letcool/Dingoo today? Bear in mind that only the Dingoo (and the ?ber expensive gp2x Wiz) can emulate all platforms as well as a PSP and only Dingux has all those nifty extra apps like a pfd reader, text editor, etc. etc.
In my opinion the only way our beloved Dingoo(-like) devices will survive is if the Chinese manufacturers make their tech specs open
and if the community
makes Dingux-like operating systems for them! In my opinion the manufacturers let us wait too long for the devices themselves (vapourware! A380!) or for a proper set of emu's (i.e.: NO Dingux yet
for any device other than the Dingoo itself)
The Gemei A330
seems like a nice follow up to the Dingoo. It's build quality is better and it's cheap. But: no Dingux, no glory!
And Dingoo A320 production has stopped already a while ago. They started again, but for how long? Just like the MP3 player has been obsoleted by cheap mobile phones w/ micro-sd cards I fear that the Dingoo's time will be over pretty soon...
What's your opinion: should we forget about the Dingoo era just like the (dingux-community) developers have? Or is there still a future? Footnotes:
 After frying my first Dingoo, I lost my 2nd which I just repaired/re-soldered because of the bad build quality. Aaaarghhh. Bye bye beloved Dingoo.
 Example: the all new and improved Samsung Galaxy Gio w/ Android 2.1. Costs about ?140 (prepaid). Or for free w/ certain cheap mobile provider subscriptions.