LG G Stylo Review

LG G Stylo Review
LG G Stylo Review
LG G Stylo Review
LG G Stylo Review
Introduction


Ah the stylus. As much as people want to proclaim it to be dead entirely, it continues to live on most profoundly in Samsung’s line of Galaxy Note devices. To be fair, though, it’s still something that’s alive and well in other devices too – like in some of LG’s models to be exact. The latest one in the company’s portfolio to feature a stylus, the LG G Stylo, is aiming to popularize the aged tool once again by giving us creative control at a moment’s notice. Will it reinvigorate interest in the stylus? Let’s find out.

The package contains:

  • LG G Stylo
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Stylus
  • Get start guide
  • Important information

Design

Following LG’s design philosophy, it looks similar to the G4, but there’s an inferior quality to its construction and materials.

Undeniably employing LG’s current design philosophy, the G Stylo doesn’t deviate from the aesthetics we’ve seen. One can argue it looks exactly like the company’s flagship, the G4, due in part to its size and subtly arched plastic casing. What’s different, though, is that it flaunts a plastic rear casing with a dimpled pattern – giving it a slightly grippier feel in the hand.

While it bears a style that’s reminiscent of the G4, it clearly doesn’t achieve the same level of premium craftsmanship. Frankly speaking, it’s a few notches down below it, but that’s all within the scope of it being an affordably priced mid-ranger – so its subdued design qualities are practical for this particular phone.

Following in suit, its volume controls and power button are all placed on its backside, which has become a signature design principle for LG’s smartphones of late. Above all, the phone is arguably most notable for the stylus that’s tucked away into the upper right corner of the phone. Don’t expect anything extraordinary with this, seeing that it’s just your plain, ordinary, and simple stylus. It’s just there as an alternative to touch interaction with your finger, and nothing more!


LG G Stylo

LG G Stylo

Dimensions

6.07 x 3.12 x 0.38 inches

154.2 x 79.2 x 9.7 mm

Weight

5.8 oz (164 g)

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.21 x 0.35 inches

157.9 x 81.5 x 9 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

ZTE Max+

ZTE Max+

Dimensions

6.5 x 3.25 x 0.4 inches

165.1 x 82.6 x 10.2 mm

Weight

6.87 oz (195 g)

Asus ZenFone 2

Asus ZenFone 2

Dimensions

6 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches

152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

LG G Stylo

LG G Stylo

Dimensions

6.07 x 3.12 x 0.38 inches

154.2 x 79.2 x 9.7 mm

Weight

5.8 oz (164 g)

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.21 x 0.35 inches

157.9 x 81.5 x 9 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

ZTE Max+

ZTE Max+

Dimensions

6.5 x 3.25 x 0.4 inches

165.1 x 82.6 x 10.2 mm

Weight

6.87 oz (195 g)

Asus ZenFone 2

Asus ZenFone 2

Dimensions

6 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches

152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


LG G Stylo Review

Display

Ouch. There are too many unfavorable qualities at play here.

Phones with gigantic displays are tougher to interact with, so that’s possibly part of the reason why the LG G Stylo is accompanied with a stylus. The requirement of a stylus is made more apparent when we look at its 5.7-inch 720 x 1280 IPS display, which is undoubtedly generous with the real estate, but it’s hardly the sharpest looking around the block. That’s because of its 258 ppi pixel density, which makes fine text a bit tough to decipher.

Looking into the screen’s other parameters, it simply reveals that we’re dealing with a very ho-hum panel that’s content with being less than average. From its color temperature of ~7200K, to the inaccuracies with its color reproduction, the entire things just looks blah. Visible distortion at wide angles doesn’t help either, but it’s just the subdued appearance that makes the screen a turn off.



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17 Comments

1. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

the tmobile stylo is alot better do one for the tmobile pls

4. tonyv13

Posts: 109; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

the tmobile one only has 1gb of ram more which should help when multitasking other than that they're the same. Close to 300$ i was expecting more for the same price the zenfone 2 4gb looks more appealing.

7. sosharpdevy

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

I have the T-Mobile version. It has 2gb of ram. The Sprint version has 1gb.

8. Phonewbie

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

T Mobile's also has a 13MP camera

2. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Once again, an overpriced midranger.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The name alone is reason enough for me to avoid it.

18. top69cat69

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

why would you avoid?

5. Dragoonslayer12

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

I've been using the T-Mobile Stylo for almost a month, and it's really good. I don't do anything heavy, so I can't truly say what this is truly capable of, but it is snappy and responsive as hell. I like to edit photos I draw on paper, and this stylus helps a lot in that aspect. I actually like it better than the G3

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The review title should specify that this is for the Sprint version. The T-Mobile/MetroPCS version has 2gb RAM and 13mp laser-assisted autofocus (leftover G3 modules, perhaps?), which should give better benchmark results and definitely better camera results.

9. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I wanna give this a try, at least for me looks nice.

10. willk

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

I'm totally flabbergast after reading this review. First of all, it is unfair to test an inferior version of the phone. Admittedly, this is mostly LG's fault. Why would they release two different versions in the first place?? I have the Tmobile version. I change phones frequently. I've had the Note 3, LG 3 and LG Flex 2 of late. The Stylo is superior. It has the best screen I have ever had for outside use in bright sun. The best battery life of any smartphone I have ever had. The call quality is only second to the Lumina 635 that I once had. It never lags. I will admit that the camera in low light is not that good. It is a big phone. But the way it is shaped, it is very secure to hold in one hand because most cases have to have an opening in the middle of the bottom to accommodate the charge port and your pinky fits well there. Very well balanced. The stylus is really great for taking notes or surfing the web. The main frustration I am having with this phone is that I always want something new. Tmobile is having great deals on the G4 and IPhone 6 but I realize they cost a lot more with no real extra benefit.

11. socaligeekchic

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I have had a number of LG Smartphones however the T-Mobile LG Stylo I have has much better specs than what I expected, I literally never need a computer my phone does everything I want and more. I am looking forward to the LG V10 . Im a happy camper!

12. hscofield

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

Don't waste your money. The specs are impressive with the low price tag... but it's a bust if you don't get what you're promised. And that's exactly the case with this model of phone. These phones have tons of known defects. I've been through 4 warranty claims and STILL don't have a properly working device. GPS does not work on ANY of the devices. The phones are NOT compatible with 32g SD cards as manufacturer promises (It will corrupt your files over time unless you have a 16g or lower SD card in it). There are issues with the sounds and settings (this model actually "forgets" how to work at times!) Lost calls, lost texts... wifi calling feature errors... the list goes on.

13. top69cat69

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I have the virgin mobile version of LG Stylo my GPS works fine as does my 32 gig SD card i am completely happy with my Stylo and talk about defective phones my last HTC phone(never had a problem before with htc)was the HTC desire 510 that was a square turd

14. caesarmoridon

Posts: 1; Member since: May 21, 2016

I am writing this using my stylus on my Stylo from T-MOBILE. I have big fingers and while a stylus may not seem like a big deal to most, to me it is. The phone cost me $180 at Walmart. I have a 64 gb micro flash that works fine with it and I can load apps on it. For the money, there is no better deal in my opinion. The 13 mp camera is cool, especialy the panoramic feature. I us real photography equipment, so all cell phone cameras suck in my opinion, but this one is pretty good for the price. All in all, a great phone.

16. tonyquez1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 28, 2017

The LG Stylo is a wonderful phone with one exception. The battery does not hold a charge. I know three people including myself who has this phone and the battery is the only problem we have. I even bought a brand new battery but it does not last either. I can talk for 15 or 20 minutes and the power bar is at 80% or lower. This phone cost too much to not be able to use it a day without charging it three or four times a day.

17. top69cat69

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I had the LG Stylo for Virgin Mobile and the LG Stylo 2 for Virgin Mobile and both phones work well never had any problem with having to charge multiple times and I use mine a lot for checking email,texting,watching videos,and calls I unplug the phone when I get out of bed and plug in when I go to bed call quality as well as other uses is great granted I did run out of memory on the first one but not on the second one.And the people that claim they get dead batteries frequently maybe there were times that you didn't allow the phone to fully charge?that will cause the battery to crap out quickly maybe should do a warranty exchange if still under warranty
G Stylo
  • Display 5.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h talk time)

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