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Review: The Eco Friendly Motorola Citrus on Verizon

Motorola introduced a whopping 7 new Android devices at the CTIA show in October in San Francisco.  One of those phones is the Motorola Citrus. A mid range eco-conscious Android device on the Verizon Wireless network.

What makes the Motorola Citrus eco friendly?  The casing is 100% recyclable and made from 25% post consumer recycled water bottles.  The box is made out of post consumer paper and the manuals, and literature in the box are made from 100% recycled paper and the ink used is soy based ink. As an extra they throw in an easy return bag to recycle your old phone.

The Motorola Citrus is proof that good things come in a small package.  The Motorola Citrus features a 3 inch QVGA TFT Capacitive display. It’s not nearly as vibrant as the Droid line of Motorola products but bright colors and images still pop.  In the direct sunlight it’s not as easy to see as we’d like, but in low light situations and indoors it’s clear.

Android 2.1 is standard now on most devices and the Motoblur experience makes quick updates to your favorite social media networks a cinch. The Motorola Citrus did not require that we set up a motoblur account to access the device however it has all the MotoBlur widgets which are now fully customizeable making motoblur an ala carte experience and even as an experienced Android user it didn’t get in the way.

The Citrus comes with the standard Verizon bloatware. We see no use for VCast Tones on an Android device there are plenty of free soundboards to customize your ringtones however it’s there.  BUT, we have found that the Vcast Video comes in handy with a three year old in toe and access to plenty of kids snippets for free.  Vcast navigator is a toss up with thedroidguy staff, it’s an awesome navigation experience and sometimes more accurate than Google Maps navigation however it’s $9.95 a month and why pay when you get VZW Maps free.

Functionally it’s quicker than the Motorola DeVour and the form factor and size make it easy to keep in a pocket. The customization is great and the fact that the phone is good for the environment makes it even better.  We would recommend anyone to the Motorola Citrus that is coming from a feature phone and needs a nice solid midrange device.

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