Review: Motorola Citrus
The Citrus gets all of the standard Android messaging options, which is nice, but Motorola usually offers some interesting extras on Android devices, and these are all absent. So, you get a basic text messaging app. It looks good and displays conversations in the threaded format I prefer, with picture messages appearing in line with the text.
There is an email app for POP, IMAP and corporate exchange accounts, and another for Gmail. You don't get the universal inbox Moto usually offers, which groups social messages, texts and emails (but not Gmail) into one convenient spot.
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There is an IM app for Google Talk, and an archaic app for Yahoo, AIM and Windows Live chat. It looks like the same app Verizon has been using on its cheap feature phones for years. It works fine for simple back and forth chatting, but it needs a serious interface overhaul.
As I mentioned, the keyboard on the Citrus suffers at the hands of the poor touch response. If I typed any faster than a snail's pace, the phone started missing letters. This problem was only compounded by the phone's “fine” auto correct feature, which did not fill in the missing letters but instead corrected them to what it assumed I meant. The results could range from funny to disastrous. You'll definitely want to double check messages before you hit send. Actually, you could also dictate messages using the phone's speech-to-text feature. I found this was even more accurate than my typing, so it is a viable option.
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