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Review: Motorola Citrus

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I’m not sure how this phone made it past Motorola and Verizon Wireless’ test group. The performance is plain lousy, whether you’re browsing the interface, dialing a phone number or typing a message. The poor touch response and sluggishness make the phone difficult to use. Plus, there are serious bugs on this phone. Whether it’s the screen jumping around and throwing a fit, or the gallery app with almost no features that worked properly, it’s hard to imagine this phone was properly tested. Perhaps these problems were excused because the phone is so environmentally friendly? I think not, especially since it only uses 25% post-consumer plastic. That doesn’t sound very green to me, though it is admittedly better than phones that don’t use any recycled material at all.

The Citrus makes good calls. That’s the only good thing I can say about it. If you don’t misdial, your calls will sound nice and clear, and the battery won’t die on you in the course of a day’s use. But the phone skimps on so many of Motorola’s best social networking features and custom widgets that I’d have a hard time recommending this phone over any other Motorola Android device, or just about any other smartphone, period. This phone may be partly recycled, but it’s one for the compost heap, for sure.

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