LG G Stylo Review
Muddy details and its poor low light performance makes this camera forgettable.
A step down from the G4’s arsenal, the LG G Stylo is fashioned with an 8-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash. Indeed, it’s not as imposing as the G4’s camera, but it still receives the same laser auto focus assist. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera packs a 5-megapixel snapper.
Running the camera app, there are no surprises to find us exposed to a very familiar looking interface. While it appears to be the same superficially to the G4’s interface, it actually is far more elementary in what it offers. Essentially, we’re given only a small fraction of features and shooting modes, such as panoramic, HDR, and gesture shots – while missing out on a manual mode of some kind.
After relishing on so many phones that take incredible photos, there’s no denying that the bar is now set higher when it comes to quality. Unfortunately, the LG G Stylo completely misses it and falls way behind the pack with its dull overall results. While it’s decent for situations when lighting is ample, details become significantly muddier under low light – not to mention, its HDR shots appear a bit more over-exposed at times. Just look at how some of the background elements in the shot with the statue in the front become overexposed!
In addition, there’s nothing astounding with its 1080p video recording quality as well, which fails to capture even a smidgen of our interest with its lackluster results. In particular, its slow auto focus adjustment, jittery exposure, and light details just don’t do justice in making us believe we’re looking at high-definition footage.
It gets the job done, but video watching multi-tasking can only be achieved via Dual Window.
Even though the screen is rather dull looking in our opinion, the phone is still more than capable of running all sorts of videos with no fluff at all. Since it lacks the QSlide functionality, we can only achieve multi-tasking by using its Dual Window feature – so there’s no floating window for playing video here.
LG’s music player is on board as an alternative to Google Play Music. Of course, there’s nothing new at play here because it’s the same music player we’ve seen before. As we’re playing music, the audio quality favors a flatter quality, despite the 74 dB of audio power coming from its rear speaker.
Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
LG G Stylo 0.335
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 0.611
Asus ZenFone 2 0.428
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
LG G Stylo 74
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 76.6
Asus ZenFone 2 72.7
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