Review: Motorola Citrus
The Citrus uses the standard Android kit for Web browsing. The browser did a fine job rendering full HTML pages. Like most apps on the phone, it could be very slow to start and also slow to load pages, even using a Wi-Fi connection. But once a page loaded, the browsing experience was nice and smooth, with steady scrolling and good use of the Backtrack pad.
My only real problem with the browser has to do with the low-res screen. Viewing a full page on screen, most text was completely illegible. Even up close, the screen produces text that is jagged and unpleasant to read over a long period. I wouldn't use this phone to read my RSS feeds or the entire New York Times homepage, but for simple browsing and Google searches, it will suffice.
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Sure, there are plenty of options to customize the Android homescreens, but I can't help feeling disappointed at how many features are missing. The phone doesn't support Live Wallpapers. All of the best Motorola Widgets are absent. There are still some resizable calendar widgets and settings shortcuts, but these pale in comparison to even the cheapest Motorola Android phones for other carriers, like the Charm or the Flipout.
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