Review: Motorola Citrus
The camera app on the Citrus is very basic, and slow to respond. It took about five seconds to open the camera after I pressed the camera button. There are almost no imaging controls. You can adjust the digital zoom (which I avoid at all costs since it reduces image resolution), or change the resolution. That's all. There are no exposure controls, white balance options or other shooting modes.
Once you snap a picture, the camera offers the photo for review. You must review the photo, you can't turn this feature off. Though I had the review set for 2 seconds, it always took longer. A few times I tried pressing the camera button again, hoping this would dismiss the review screen, but this usually just caused the camera to snap another photo immediately as soon as it was ready again. Then, more review time and waiting. It was a very frustrating camera experience.
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The image gallery is very basic, and somewhat broken. It offers a list of photo groups and albums, with a couple thumbnail previews next to each group's name. Tap a list and you get a thumbnail grid of all the photos in that group. Tap a thumbnail and you get a close up look at a picture.
Want to see the next picture in the group? Good luck with that. I tried swiping from right to left, and the next picture would start to appear from the side of the screen, then snap back into place when I let go. I tried using the Backtrack to browse photos, and the same thing happened. Even when I managed to get the entire photo onscreen at once, it would always snap back to the right, leaving me viewing my original photo. The only way to change images was to back up to the thumbnail grid and choose the next photo manually.
There were other problems, as well. When I tapped the Share option in the menu, I got an error saying that there are no apps that support video sharing. But I was looking at a photo, not a video. There is an edit menu, but the only editing it offers is a rotate feature. Even then, the rotate feature was greyed out and unavailable for every picture I viewed, whether I shot the photo in a landscape or portrait position. Even the “Set as” feature didn't work, so I couldn't set my pictures as a wallpaper for my homescreen.
How did this get past Motorola and Verizon testing? The gallery is almost completely broken and useless.
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