Screen

The HTC Merge has a 3.8-inch WVGA screen that looks nice and bright, although it's not the top of the market. The Merge uses HTC's Sense interface.
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Heft

Heavy in the hand (7 ounces!), metal finishings lend the Merge its noticeable heft.
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Slider

Sometimes our hands slipped when trying to open the sliding mechanism, sometimes we had no problems.
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QWERTY

Typing was fine with the keyboard's smallish buttons, but we've felt snappier. We do, however, like the indicator lights above the keyboard, and the customizable A1 shortcut key.
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Back

A partially brushed-metal backing gives the Merge a more premium feel.
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Side view

HTC's phones are rarely boring to behold.
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Secret SIM

Although this is a CDMA-only phone in NOrth America, you can slip a GSM SIM card into the dual-mode Merge when traveling abroad.
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