Interface and Functionality

While it employs most of the same experiences found in the G4, there’s nothing too great that makes exceptional use out of the stylus.

On the specs front, there’s a considerable disparity between the LG G4 and this, but it’s really swell that the LG G Stylo is running the same software experience as its highly esteemed sibling. That’s fantastic, as it blends the same flat styled interface with a comprehensive set of useful software tools to make it incredibly powerful. The tools in its arsenal that are at its disposal include Knock On, Glance View, Knock Code, Dual Window, and EasyHome. Best of all, it’s running all on top on a very up-to-date build of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Noticeably absent, though, are the set of QSlide apps meant for mini multi-tasking.

You’d think there would be some kind of additional enhancement to make use of its stylus, but there’s not. Rather, the smartphone comes with LG’s QuickMemo+ app, which is something that’s been a common staple app amongst LG’s phones. At its core, it’s a note taking tool that we can use to quickly jot down notes, or even use it as a canvas to draw something – albeit, the stylus here lacks the precision and sensitivity of Sammy’s S Pen stylus.

Processor and Memory

Benign tasks are handled well, but not much for everything else.

The LG G Stylo’s classification as a mid-ranger is made more poignant by the quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC that’s powering things behind the scenes. Accompanied with 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 306 GPU, the entire package is decent at handling most benign tasks, but it’s hardly the kind of thing equipped for gaming and intensive operations. For example, there are some delays when heavily using Dual Window – and some skipped frames with gaming.

A miniscule tally by today’s standards, the 8GB of storage available with the LG G Stylo can fill up quickly, but it’s comforting that LG has been consistent with offer microSD card slots with its devices; this one included.

AnTuTu Higher is better
LG G Stylo 21530
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 12142
Asus ZenFone 2 41442
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
LG G Stylo 793
Asus ZenFone 2 1368
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
LG G Stylo 1952
Asus ZenFone 2 3407
Sunspider Lower is better
LG G Stylo 1522.9
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 1237.9
Asus ZenFone 2 789.5
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
LG G Stylo 9.6
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 7.5
Asus ZenFone 2 27.6
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
LG G Stylo 4
Asus ZenFone 2 12.7
Basemark OS II Higher is better
LG G Stylo 535
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 476
Asus ZenFone 2 1243
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
LG G Stylo 451
Asus ZenFone 2 908
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
LG G Stylo 1407
Asus ZenFone 2 1938

Internet and Connectivity


The web surfing experience, whether it’s with Chrome or LG’s own, is typical of most anything nowadays. It’s good in the way that pages load quickly and navigating is smooth, but its low screen resolution makes full views somewhat tough to distinguish. As for the stylus, we find it most useful in making precise selections – such as trying to click on a link or something.

Our particular review unit is the CDMA version meant to play nicely with Sprint’s network domestically, but there’s a GSM variant as well that’s sold by T-Mobile as well. Donning respective LTE radios, it’s accompanied with the usual suspect of connectivity features – they consist of S-GPS for enhanced location accuracy, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Sorry folks, there’s no NFC here!



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17 Comments

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

10. willk

Posts: 25; 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.

9. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

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

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.

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

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; 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?

2. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Once again, an overpriced midranger.

1. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

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

4. tonyv13

Posts: 131; 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
G Stylo
  • Display 5.7 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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