Call Quality

Thin sounding voices through the earpiece and the muffled tone of its speakerphone makes it tough having conversations.

Having phone conversations is challenging at times, despite its good handling of noise-cancellation. Through the earpiece, voices sound extremely thin toned, which doesn’t help either when the volume output isn’t as strong as we’d like. Switching to the speakerphone, there’s nothing better either because it tends to muffle voices. Its saving grace, however, is experienced on the other end of the line, as our callers mention being greeted with tones that have a lot of emphasis.

Battery

It’s good, but nothing really extraordinary.

Giving life to this phone is a 3000 mAh battery cell, which undeniably seems like a small capacity for a big phone like this, but a removable one at the very least – enabling us to swap it. In our experience, the phone has some serious longevity, powering us through an easy one-day of normal usage. However, our custom battery benchmark test reveals it’s nothing more than an average performer with its tally of 7 hours and 43 minutes. Regardless, it only take 137 minutes to get it back to 100% capacity.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
LG G Stylo 7h 43 min (Average)
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 7h 2 min (Average)
Asus ZenFone 2 7h 34 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
LG G Stylo 137
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 210
Asus ZenFone 2 58

Conclusion


After living with the LG G Stylo for some time, it merely reveals that the stylus here adds nothing new or refreshing to the overall experience. It’s just your simple, ordinary stylus – and nothing more. To that degree, it reaffirms Samsung’s position of being the innovator in the stylus arena because its S Pen technology is unmatched.

Currently, the LG G Stylo can be fetched for $49.99 on-contract through Sprint – or $288 off contract. Needless to say, its affordable cost is enough to attract those who are tight on a budget and looking for a big phone, but its included stylus hardly achieves anything unique that we can’t do with our own physical digits. The savings is the most promising thing with the LG G Stylo. Besides that, it’s just an underperforming phone that attempts to draw people in with its pointy, outdated tool.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 5.1.1
Build Number: LMY47V
Kernel Version: 3.10.49




Pros

  • Employs nearly the same experience as the G4
  • Moderately priced at $50 on-contract or $288 off-contract
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • No enhancements made to the stylus experience
  • Poor call quality
  • Speaker audio quality is dull and flat
  • Sluggish performance with heavy multi-tasking
  • Boring looking display

PhoneArena Rating:

6.5

User Rating:

8.8
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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: 132; 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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