Review: Motorola Citrus
The calling experience on the Motorola Citrus is fine, but it could have been much better. To start a call, tap the phone icon on the homescreen, which takes you to the last calling screen you were viewing, either the dialpad, call log, contact list or favorites. As I mentioned, the dialpad can be slow to respond, so dial carefully. The contact list can also be jerky while scrolling, so it's probably best to hit the search button and type your contact's name.
On the dialpad screen, there is an icon next to the Send button that activates voice dialing. The voice dialing app on this phone was very slow. After I was done talking, it kept listening for a few seconds, so I had to keep quiet until it figured out I was finished. It usually guessed my input correctly, though a couple times it was way off. I'd say it's useful, but only if you're alone in a quiet car with the radio off.
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Of all the Motorola widgets absent from this phone, I miss the great speed dial widgets the most. Other Moto Android phones get a speed dial widget that adds more shortcuts as you make the widget larger. The Citrus gets the plain old direct dial shortcut from Android, but nothing special from Moto.
Instead of using the redesigned contact list on the Citrus, Motorola would have been better off sticking with a stock Android address book, which has a better design and more features. The Citrus' contact list loses some of the social networking features you'll find on better Motorola phones. But it also loses the shortcuts from the stock Android build. When you hold down on a name in the list, for instance, you get an ugly list of options that let you call, message or email your contact. Better Android phones have a cool row of icons that pops up and also let you navigate to that person's postal address, or check their Facebook profile.
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