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Earlier today we saw the HTC Merge rise from the dark, officially this time, and we wonder, might this affect your decision on the HTC Thunderbolt? Of course, we are still unsure if the HTC Merge is even Verizon-bound at this point, or an exact launch date, but, heck, we don't know when the HTC Thunderbolt is coming either. So, will you be waiting for the Merge, sticking with your thought of purchasing the Thunderbolt, or is it to early yet to tell? Let us know your thoughts on the topic, and be sure to vote for your choice in the poll here!

 

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Would the HTC Merge sway your decision of getting a Thunderbolt?

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I will be waiting for the thunderbolt or something else maybe the lg revolution depending on what the heck is going on with the thunderbolt and how far it is delayed. I like htc better though but I don't like physical keyboards so no htc merge for me

No, the Thunderbolt being delayed/never offically announced swayed me to an Atrix! This phone is UHHHH-MAZING!

How do you like that PenTile screen?
I bought an Atrix which I listed on eBay the same night. Never intended to keep it. Got as much out of it as it costs for a NAM Desire Z for that line AND I get to keep $10 unlimited data on that line.
The PenTile screen sucks. Makes it look worse than 800x480 RGB screens and the colors sucked on it, too.

Will the Bionic have the same Pentile screen? I was holding out for the Bionic simply for the qHD display. Perhaps I should nab a Thunderbolt instead?

I don't even know if I want the HTC Thunderbolt at this point. I might just wait for the Droid 3 or better at this point.

How come we don't here anything more about the Droid Bionic?? That is the phone worth waiting for!!! (at least on VZW)

You will be hearing a lot about the Bionic - and it will be all release rumors. It will be here on May 12th.... no May 5th, no June 9th, no June 30th, no June 6th, no August 25th, no May 12th was correct, no June 30th was correct, no.........

Let's see...

Bolt has bigger screen, more RAM, better camera, 4G capability.

Merge has...a keyboard.

Stickin with the Bolt on this one.

lost all interest in the merge... im merging to the TB. plus 6 months later if there isnt a hardware update... its defiantly outdated already or will be very shortly

Like either will ever get here. funny... lol....give me my pre order for my bolt...and easily the bolt......4g and i don't go over the world...if i did i would get this though....

Question: Since the world will eventually use all 4g lte...would verizon's 4g phones then be world phones?

@motox2 4g is data only at this point like 3g what, makes a phone a world phone is the ability to make voice calls over foreign networks. Today this is accomplished by replacing the sim card in a gsm phone, or in the case of cdma like sporting and verizon there has to be a gsm as well as a cdma radio in it for it to be considered a world phone. So even if every cell network in the world adopts 4g lte the thunderbolt, like my evo, won't be making phone calls. Except if some how the lte network were opened up, expensive surely, then you may be able to call voip, which is what I do now with wifi when traveling.

Coming from an OG Droid, I need a bigger screen. I do a lot of media on it and an extra .1 inches is negligible. Add that in with the Bolt coming almost certainly before the end of March and the fairly certain rumor that 4G will be the same price as 3G (at least for now) I can't see going for the Merge. At 4.1 inches or above and throw in a 4G radio with that great looking keyboard and I'm sold. As the specs are now? Not quite enough.

I mean this is a pretty stupid question. I dont think the two phones have anything to do with one another. the market of people who were into the T-bolt and the market of people into the merge are totally seperate. it is asking would would rather purchase a BMW M3 or wait till the mazda 3 comes out.

one is a power house all touchscreen lte power phone

the other is a smaller less powerful 3g world phone with physical keyboard...

The Merge was the one I wanted before the TB emerged. Even with the delays and all for the TB it will still not sway me from purchasing it. The Merge is a nice looking phone and all but no thanks. Give me a TB!

I prefer a physical keyboard but until I can some hands-on time with both phones and compare them side-by-side I'll reserve judgment.

HHHMMMMM, just throwing this out there, but wonder if Apple has the patent on the "Thunderbolt" name with it's new line of Macbooks & the "VZW Thunderbolt" will now be the "HTC Merge".....whatcha think??

There's no way they would announce a device without a trademark on it. They can't be that stupid. I think...

@motox2 4g is data only at this point like 3g what, makes a phone a world phone is the ability to make voice calls over foreign networks. Today this is accomplished by replacing the sim card in a gsm phone, or in the case of cdma like sporting and verizon there has to be a gsm as well as a cdma radio in it for it to be considered a world phone. So even if every cell network in the world adopts 4g lte the thunderbolt, like my evo, won't be making phone calls. Except if some how the lte network were opened up, expensive surely, then you may be able to call voip, which is what I do now with wifi when traveling.

No way I have an evo and probably won't get another phone till the evo 2 comes out but I am thinking about the HTC flyer

the keyboard for the Merge are flat but nice, was very surprised on this phone at the Engadget meetup where HTC had there booth. Love the hardware

Clearly the Merge is for ppl like myself whose #1 priority feature on a cellular device is the physical keyboard...so if you do not care about the physical kb then why would you buy the merge over any other device that has better hardware specs without a keyboard...these physical kb devices shouldnt even be compared to a virtual kb device as they target 2 different consumer markets. Everyone who says ooohh the thunderb has more this or more that and is better here and there, well then the merge was never intended for you from the start, because clearly it makes no difference if it has a kb or not to you. No matter how much better the thunderbolt is over the merge it will never have a keyboard off the screen. This is a stupid comparison and shouldnt even exist...
it should be will the htc merge sway your decision over the motorola Droid 2? As they are the 2 competing physical keyboarded verizon devices. Obviously anyone considering the droid 2 could change there mind now that Htc Merge is coming.
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Will the Htc Thunderbolt sway your decision over the moto bionic, lg optimus, or moto droid X 1 or 2 as they are all on verizon, all are 4.3" non keyboarded devices that all target the same consumer market and can easily compared with pros and cons to narrow your purchasing decision.

The htc incredible or samsung galaxys are also non physical kb devices but shouldnt be compared to the 4.3" devices as they have smaller screens and are not in the same class of phone for that reason.

This web poll is basically asking for example...would a Honda oddessy mini van sway your decision over the honda NSX sports car. Well clearly thats a retarded question cause if i was originally buying a 2 seater sports car i wouldnt change my mind for a 6 seater mini van. Does this make the mini van less valuble or a worse product....absolutely not because the van is going to be used specifically for its cargo space and the sports car used for its performance. Is the oddessy going to affect the overall sales of the nsx? No because they target 2 completely different buyers needs and have no business being compared against each other much like the Android slider, or the Android candybar.
Either your in it for the keyboard or not...
unless the merge had the identical hardware specs and also was a 4.3" display like the thunderbolt but it had a physical keyboard then that would make these 2 devices a worthy comparison...if that was the case...and the merge was a thunderbolt with a keyboard then i bet your answers would be a whole lot different.

That's like asking if someone would forego getting an EVO for an EVO Shift. The answer is no, unless you were wary on the EVO in the first place either because 1) you think the screen is too big, or 2) you love hardware keyboards.