LG G Stylo Review
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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- Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, 1GB RAM
- Storage 16GB, microSDXC
- Battery 3000 mAh
Android 5.0 Lollipop