CNET First Look
Motorola Citrus (Verizon Wireless)The Motorola Citrus is small and devoid of high-end features, but it works as a beginner Android phone.
-Hi. I'm Kent German, senior editor with cnet.com. We're here today to take a first look at the Motorola Citrus. This is an Android phone for Verizon Wireless. It is designed as more of an entry-level smartphone, so it has a more of a budget price than what we'd see on other Android handsets but it really won't blow you away. Overall, the design is pretty basic, just standard candybar design. It is pretty small. The screen isn't quite as big as I'd like on a smartphone especially a touch screen smartphone. The web browser will feel a little small. And some of the menus, you can see I have to do a lot of scrolling around but this will be a personal thing. It's just a little small for my taste. It does have Motorola's backtrack feature so that's a touchpad that sits on the back of the phone. You can see it right here that allows you to navigate by moving your finger around it. I didn't find myself using it a whole lot simply because I just migrated towards the touch display. I guess that's out of habit. It is there, though, if you'd like to use it, so you can run your finger over. You can then move that around. And if you tap again, it will just open whatever feature you're on. The phone has Android 2.1 Ã?Â?clair so it brings all the features that come with that OS update. It also has 7 home screens for your customization. You can do that with folders and widgets and all sorts of things that you can usually do with an Android phone. It does run Motoblur which is Motorola's personalized interface which takes all your e-mails and social media updates and sort of rolls them into one. On the other hand, the phone does come with Bing search. That means when you go to the search bar, the main screen or you go inside, you will be searching through Bing. It also runs Bing Maps as well. Other things you'll see of course are access to social networks like Facebook and MySpace. You do have a 3-megapixel camera, the basic Android music player, web browser, and personal organizer, HTML. So probably what you'd expect of an Android phone but certainly on the lower end. If you're looking for a budget phone with Verizon, this isn't a bad buy. Just wanna make sure you can navigate that small display. I'm Kent German and this is the Motorola Citrus for Verizon Wireless.