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HTC Merge review: Rare CDMA world phone

The HTC Merge is a sturdy, respectable midrange Android smartphone that's also got an eye out for intercontinental travelers.

HTC Merge
Josh Miller

In most respects, the HTC Merge for U.S. Cellular is a fairly standard Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone. It's got a decent but standard touch screen, a nice but not superlative 5-megapixel camera (with 720p HD video capture and playback, we might add,) and an unremarkable keyboard that's nevertheless sufficient.

The phone's primary point of difference lurks below the back cover, a SIM card slot that international travelers can use while taking the phone abroad. Even if you never step foot outside the continent, there are plenty of other features to keep you handy and connected. The Merge may not be a standout--except for its notable weight, thanks to classy aluminum components--but it gets the job done, and also happens to be one of U.S. Cellular's more advanced offerings.

Catch the video, photos, and the full Merge review here.