Listed below are some tips for increasing battery life and as to the internet browsing there are only two tips I can think of: 1) Get one of the browsers from the market (Dolphin HD and xScope are the two most popular and I personally think both are faster than the native browser). 2) Try to use a wifi connection for surfing anytime you can. It's much, much faster than 3G and it uses less power than 3G.
Here's my battery tips:
1. (Doesn’t apply to all phones) Go to settings/wireless & networks/mobile networks/Enable always-on data. Uncheck always on data. Your phone will still receive email, text, & phone calls as before as well as internet usage but your battery will last a lot longer.
2. Emails: I don't know what email app you use, but try this. It saves battery power and in some cases emails arrive quicker. This scheme will have you using only the Gmail app on the phone for all email accounts whether they are pop3 accounts or Gmail. Go to the Google Gmail inbox on your computer and log into the Gmail account. On the top right of the screen is an option called Settings. In there is an option to have the Gmail program poll your regular, non-Gmail accounts. Provide the email address and the password. The Google Gmail program will then poll your other accounts on a frequency from 1-5 minutes and push the email immediately to your phone. The polling frequency is determined by each account's activity - more emails = faster polling. It will always be no less frequent than every five minutes. This saves battery power because on the android OS pop3 accounts are polled at a frequency of 1-30 minutes and that really eats battery. Because the phone goes and checks those accounts for mail whether there is mail there or not.
3. If you are using Live Wall Papers, stop!
4. Use wifi any time it is available. It uses a lot less power than 3G and it is much faster.
5. If there are widgets that automatically update (facebook, weather, etc.) change their update frequency in their settings menu. Set them to 30mins or 1 hour.
6. Oh, almost forgot, get the extended battery from Verizon.
7. Turn off the GPS unless you are actually using it. There are some background apps that can burn a lot of power via a live gps.
8. The Power Control Widget is a good tool for easily turning on and off some of these features (gps, wifi, screen brightness, etc.).
9. From the home screen do the following: menu/settings/About Phone/Battery Use. This graph will show the 10 biggest power users on the phone. It should always be Screen as the top user and the android os, android system, phone standby and phone idle should be the other top users. If there is an app listed you should determine if it’s an app you actually use a lot or do you have a rogue app that needs to be uninstalled.
10. Get Screebl. It will turn your phone off anytime you are not actively using it.
11. If you have either a task killer or an anti-virus app installed, you should uninstall.
12. Go to data>system>and delete batterystats.bin after you've charged your phone to 100%
There are multiple threads on running ROMs (rooting) on the dinc, just check some of the stickies and such. Removing pre-installed apps is not possible until the device is rooted. These are not really going to slow the device on their own anyhow, so unless you're committed to getting elbow deep in the nuts and bolts of your device, I would leave it alone.
I agree with the Porsche guy. Just start reading and when you think you understand, read some more. Both of those endeavors are fraught (great word, huh?) with danger and should not be undertaken lightly. Study Grasshopper, study!!