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Motorola Citrus Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)

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2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.56 inches, 2.36 inches, 0.54 inches
  • Weight: 5.92 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches ; 5.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004AM5IPQ
  • Item model number: Citrus
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,183 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

Product Description

Tthe Motorola CITRUS for Verizon Wireless delivers an affordable, customizable smartphone experience in a compact design that is easy on both the eyes and the earth. The 3-inch full capacitive touch screen display delivers fluid flick, swipe and pinch-to-zoom navigation. And it's quipped with Motorola's innovative BACKTRACK, a touch panel located on the back of the device that enables you to navigate and scroll through web sites, home screens, e-mails, music, and more without obstructing the display.

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Powered by Android 2.1, the Motorola CITRUS for Verizon Wireless delivers an affordable, customizable smartphone experience in a compact design that is easy on both the eyes and the earth. The 3-inch full capacitive touch screen display delivers fluid flick, swipe and pinch-to-zoom navigation. And it's quipped with Motorola's innovative BACKTRACK, a touch panel located on the back of the device that enables you to navigate and scroll through web sites, home screens, e-mails, music, and more without obstructing the display.



The easy-to-customize Motorola CITRUS with the
power of Android (see larger image).

With integrated Google technology, the CITRUS brings one-touch access to the popular Google mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, GTalk instant messaging (with presence capabilities), YouTube, and Picasa. The CITRUS also provides easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. And through Android Market, you'll get access to thousands of useful applications, widgets and fun games to download and install on your phone, with many more apps being added every day.

The CITRUS phone housing is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, is CarbonFree Certified through an alliance with Carbonfund.org, and is both PVC and BFR free. The packaging is made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper.

You'll stay on course thanks to the VZ Navigator GPS turn-by-turn direction service. And with the optional Visual Voice Mail service, you'll be able to quickly and easily scroll through your messages and pick the ones you want to listen to.

Messaging is simple and easy with the virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring Swype technology, which allows you to input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard. Other features include a full HTML web browser, 3-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth stereo music, microSD memory expansion (to 32 GB), Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g), Bing Search and Bing Maps, and up to 6.3 hours of talk time.

Key Features

  • Fast 3G connectivity thanks to the reliable Verizon Wireless EV-DO, Rev A network
  • GPS navigation capabilities via VZ Navigator service plus pre-installed Bing Maps and Google Maps (available via Android Market)
  • Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Powered by the Android operating system (version 2.1) with deep integration of Google services and access to thousands of apps to customize your phone via the Android Market.
  • Skype Mobile compatibility provides unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and IM while in the U.S. to anywhere in the world. Plus, with Skype Mobile you get low rates to international land lines and cell phones (requires Skype account).
  • Seven home screen panels that can be tailored with an array of available shortcuts; applications; and pre-loaded widgets such as sticky notes, weather, messages and calendar
  • 3-inch capacitive touchscreen display with auto rotation and virtual keyboard


    The BACKTRACK navigation pad, located to the right of the camera on the back, is similar
    to a laptop touchpad.
  • Swype input system allows you to input text faster and easier by gliding your finger around the keyboard, moving from letter to letter in one continuous motion. The Swype technology then calculates what word you're intending to type (learn more below).
  • 3-megapixel fixed focus camera/camcorder with digital zoom, white balance settings, and geo tagging.
  • Video capture capabilities up to 24 fps (frames per second)
  • Digital media player compatible with MP3, AAC, and WMA (version 10) music formats and MPEG4, WMV (version 9) and H.264/H.263 video formats
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.0) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • Rich HTML e-mail application seamlessly syncs your e-mail, calendar and contacts from Gmail as well as most other POP3 or IMAP e-mail services. The Gmail application provides features such as conversation view, spam filtering, search, and labels that Gmail users enjoy on their computer while offering new features such as integration with the phone's contact list. And it multitasks, so you can read a Web page while also downloading your e-mail in the background.
  • Full HTML Web browser enables you to view more pages and enjoy better Web content delivered efficiently to your phone.
  • Instant messaging support for Google Talk, as well as AOL, Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. It also supports advanced text messaging features, enabling you to easily flag, delete or move groups of messages and keep track of group conversations through threaded text messaging.
  • Text (SMS) and picture/video (MMS) messaging
  • Google Calendar app syncs with the Web-based version, so any event that you add to your phone will show up on the Web-based Google Calendar (and vice versa).
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 528 MHz processor
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility = M3/T3

Vital Statistics

The Motorola CITRUS weighs 3.88 ounces and measures 4.09 x 2.32 x 0.59 inches. Its 1150 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6.3 hours of talk time, and up to 300 hours (12.5 days) of standby time. It runs on the CDMA 800/1900 frequencies as well as EV-DO, Rev 0 3G frequencies.

What's in the Box

Motorola CITRUS handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide, user manual

Verizon Wireless Services

  • Reliable 3G Network: With support for the EV-DO high-speed data standard, you'll enjoy fast access to the Internet and Verizon Wireless multimedia services (additional charges applicable), with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps. (Learn more about where EV-DO coverage is offered.)

  • VZ Navigator Capable: With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.

  • Visual Voice Mail: This innovative service enables you to delete, reply, and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Visual Voice Mail is the ideal tool for the busy mobile professional who may need to prioritize which messages he or she listens to first. Features include on-screen access to voice mail message status, save up to 40 messages for 40 days (or archive permanently), create up to 10 different caller ID-based greetings, and reply via call back, text or even voice mail.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbiased review January 17, 2011
Considering how big my hands are, the Citrus is a very comfortable to hold phone. Its not as slippery as most all other phones Ive had either. It does what the description above says. Ive read reviews on this device that state that the battery life is very weak, which It is. I dont use my phone much during the day (a few phone calls, and texts, maybe google something here or there) and when I get home (sometimes 14 hours after I unplugged it) I have half or slightly less than half of a charge left. This is a little annoying, but I have ordered a car charger (I work for Fed Ex) to solve that problem. There were also complaints of screen lag and issues with the device freezing. To this I say, its a mini computer in the palm of your hand. Think of all the problems there have been with computers over the years, and that technology is decades old at this point. This device does what it says, sure the screen freezing is annoying (only because everyone seems to want things RIGHT NOW!) but this is a really cool phone.
My only complaints are: the camera. There are NO settings for white balance (the description says otherwise, I cant find it) there are no settings for black and white, ISO, timed exposure. Basically you can point and shoot. You cant even edit photos that you have taken. (This was a feature that I LOVED on the Samsung Reality) And there is no flash (Which makes a few apps pointless).
The only other thing that I dislike is that there seems to be no way to transfer downloaded apps to my SD card. And I have yet to find an option that allows me to select the card as my primary save space for apps. Phone also only comes with 256 meg of internal memory, which fills up fast when there are thousands of free apps.

The Citrus was dubbed a starter smart phone. I disagree.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I love it and I don't love it. March 22, 2011
***UPDATE***
My previous review stands to some extent but, after owning the phone for eight months now, I thought I'd do an update. The more I use this phone, the more I hate it. I do really like the Android style but, honestly, if you can't afford a better one, DON'T buy this one. It's cheap because the phone is cheap. Here are the things that are making me TOTALLY crazy after extended use:

1. The car charger is completely useless. If the phone has powered off, I can turn it on and use it if it's plugged into the car charger but it goes off as soon as I unplug it. It won't take a charge from the car charger at all. When I took it to Verizon, they said there was nothing they could do. Sucks.

2. The camera is very nearly useless. It takes so incredibly long to load that the moment is long gone before the camera even comes up. On top of that, it takes a ridiculous amount of time to actually TAKE the picture. Last time I took a picture, I counted to ten before the picture actually snapped. This is indefensible.

3. The chip on this phone just can't handle the load. I wouldn't mind so much if it took a while to load web pages and such (which it does) but it can take two or three minutes just to bring up a basic text message. And, god forbid, I actually RECEIVE a text while I'm trying to type one. My phone freezes for about ten seconds and whatever I was typing goes completely wonky. Again, I addressed this with Verizon and they just explained that the memory chip on this phone isn't very robust.

I hate, hate, HATE this phone and spend each and every day hoping it will get run over by a car or something so I have an excuse to buy a new one. Otherwise I have to wait another 14 months (I don't know if I can stand it) before I have an upgrade option. Ugh!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Crippled Device February 6, 2011
I bought this phone for my wife, who needed an upgrade, but we had to pay full freight, so we opted for an inexpensive Android. But after a few days of use, this phone is a big disappointment.

This phone is small and physically well designed but has very serious flaws so I would not recommend it. Several important apps do not appear on the Marketplace at all, including Weatherbug and the excellent Curvefish battery meter. Verizon tech support informed me that they were not visible because this phone is not a full powered device. I don't understand why - the phone is lower powered than some other phones, but not that bad. This is a deal breaker and I will probably return it.

The processor is clearly slower than other phones (I've used the Motorola Droid and HTC Incredible), giving the phone a sluggish feel, and causing a visible lag in rendering menus and lists (like emails). I also thought the sound quality on the music player was not as good as it should be. I haven't tested the camera.

On the plus side, the call quality is very good (better than my HTC Incredible), and I like the Motorola interface, which is very well done and intuitive. This phone also has "backtrack," a little touch pad on the back that lets you navigate with your forefinger of the hand holding the phone. I think thats a great feature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars slow, crippled, cheaply made August 14, 2011
By Tom
I have literally owned about a dozen Android phones and this one is the worst of the bunch. In terms of hardware, it has poor screen resolution, unresponsive touch screen, cheap construction, and most importantly, a slow processor. It also doesn't charge reliably with some non-Motorola USB power adapters. In terms of software, it runs Android 2.1 (really old), Motorola's UI is arguably worse than Android's native UI. Verizon made some kind of deal with Microsoft to put Bing on the phone; you can't install Google's search application, and Bing intrudes randomly and annoyingly into apps like Google Maps. The phone comes with Swype, which is actually an OK choice for small screen devices like this (but Swype language packs are limited to English and Spanish). Just about the only nice thing one can say about it compared to other Android phones is that it is small and light. Note that like most other Verizon phones (and unlike T-Mobile and AT&T phones), this phone is only ever usable on Verizon's network. Verizon's minimal prepaid plan ends up costing $75/month: $45/month for the minimal voice service you must buy (you can't pay by the minute or day, you must buy 450 minutes), plus $30/month for data.

Prepaid doesn't have to be this bad. Other prepaid providers offer the LG Optimus, which is a much better phone all around: better built, faster, better touch screen, etc. And the Optimus is also often cheaper. And you can get good prepaid service with tons of data starting at around $25/month from other providers.

Why bother with a Verizon prepaid phone at all? I bought it for a trip across the country--because Verizon still has a monopoly in many rural areas of the country; either you get their phones or you get none at all.
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