Summary: Having sadly left BlackBerry for an Android platform I felt I needed a true QWERTY keyboard. I very soon found out how easy a touch screen was to operate and seldom bothered sliding out the keyboard. I do like the durability of the Merge. One of its downsides, weight, is probably also its redeeming quality. Since it practically lives in my pocket, the heft is sometime a problem.
Pros: It's fast compared to what I have been putting up with... only 3g here where I live & I had a 4g but that was useless if your not in a Area that doesn't have 4g. It's a little heavy but that is because I chose a Keyboard.
Cons: The Text part of the phone. Not use to the words coming up to help me pick a word. So if I am not paying attention or in a hurry it puts STUPID words in that make my sentence make no sence. I need to find out how to make that go away.
Summary: This is prolly one of the better phones I have owned. I had a LG optimus before the merge and didn't even compare to this phone. The battery life wasn't the best so I purchased a new one a couple weeks after I bought it. It took some time to get used to being I never owned an HTC before but once I did I found it very easy to use. Overall I'm very pleased with this phone.
Summary: Good phone; Its slim despite their keyboard. Easy to carry and with good reception. There are a gingerbread upgrade for US Cellular branded Merge,and it boost usability. Good photos with embebbed flash and gps. Cons: Drain quickly battery, and worst on gps usage. Hard to find accesories as spare battery door or a good glove case to take care of it.