Inexpensive Smartphone For The Masses

Not having money but buying a smartphone does not have to be mutually exclusive. The Motorola Citrus is proof. This is a smartphone with a touch screen that can sub for the real thing. Get a closer look at the Motorola Citrus here in this article.

A Motorola Citrus may not be the first choice for a new smartphone, but it beats nothings at all. This is designed to be an entry into the world of mobile phoning. It is small enough to be put into a pocket and comes with a processor and operating system, just like a computer. The size of the Citrus is just over four inches tall and.59 inch thick. It looks like any other bar formatted smartphone, and is sold without a manual keyboard.

The display on the Motorola Citrus reflects the price. It is equipped with 240 by 320 pixels of power on a screen that is three inches in size. That is enough to be able to get around with during navigation, but not enough for high levels of clarity for video or photos. Otherwise, the screen has an accelerometer a proximity sensor, touch sensitive buttons and multi touch input. This smartphone has one extra feature that other competitors do not have; a “backtrack” input. This is a trackpad on the back that can be used to navigate on the screen without having a hand in the way of viewing it.

The internal memory for the Motorola Citrus is 100 megabytes. Motorola provides a two gigabyte MicroSD card for free to help add to that. If needed a card up to 32 gigabytes in size can be added for truckloads of storage. The processor is running at 528 megahertz, which is not bad for this price level. The chip is created by Qualcomm, the same people who make the lightning fast one gigahertz models. 256 megabytes of RAM and 512 of ROM round out the hardware set.

This may be an entry level smartphone but it still comes with Wi-Fi. That means it can take advantage of those hotspots for a quick check of your updates or a website. Bluetooth and 3G round out the limits of wireless connectivity for this smartphone. There is no radio, but there is a 3.5 millimeter head phone jack. A MicroUSB cable connection is included for wired networking with other digital devices.

A 3.15 megapixel camera is installed on the back of the Motorola Citrus. It comes with one feature; geo tagging. This is the ability to assign a GPS coordinate to a photo as it is taken. The geo tag function can be turned off in the menus if a sensitive item or person is photographed. The camera supports taking video and does so at thirty frames per second, which is super considering the price of this handset.

Android 2.1, the Eclair version, is running the show for the Motorola Citrus. This is free software that is being loaded on many smartphones and tablet PCs. It has 150,000 apps for keeping track of daily life or saving money. Version 2.2 (Froyo) is already out, but will likely not be loaded on the Citrus. Bing, the search engine from Microsoft, is included from the carrier; Verizon.