ORLANDO, Fla.--back in late February, the HTC Merge is due to hit North American carriers this spring. Fortunately, HTC brought the Android smartphone to CTIA 2011, so we were able to get some hands-on time with the device, and we're liking what we see so far.
First off, it's nice to see another Android-based world phone coming to the CDMA carriers, since the selection has been lacking. Verizon currently has the
The phone's design is similar to another Sprint phone, the
The slider mechanism on the Merge isn't the smoothest we've seen, though that's not to say that it's difficult to push the screen aside, and the slider feels quite sturdy. The keyboard features good-size rectangular buttons and a decent amount of spacing between them, so most users shouldn't have a problem with it.
The Merge is running Android 2.2 with HTC Sense and is powered by a next-gen 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 processor. It may pale in comparison to the dual-core phones coming out, but as we've experienced on the Evo Shift 4G and
Overall, the HTC Merge looks to be a good device for those on CDMA carriers looking for a world phone. It'sthat the Merge will be headed to Verizon Wireless, but hopefully we'll get some official news soon. For a closer look at the phone, check out our photo gallery below.