Not always but it is a general perception that big-screen phones usually come up with a high price tag. But we may say that LG G Stylo is a unique 5.7 inch display phone which just costs you around $199 in United States. In addition to its less price, the phone also has Android 5.1 Lollipop version of operating system along with an enduring battery and a decent well behaving 8-megapixel camera. And let me tell you that it also has a built-in stylus as well.

 It is true that the pen with this handset is not as useful as the pens with Samsung Galaxy note series. Samsung also packs its series with all sort of smart features. But if you’re looking for a phone that will amp up your productivity then you will be sorely disappointed with the LG G Stylo phone.

But in general observation if you consider the device as a whole and take the stylus for what it features, a little useful pen that come up with this device is handy and useful from time to time. So, we may call this handset a reliable and competent device. Though it may not be the best phone ever comparing to its cost but it is better than every cheap tablet on the market like the ZTE Grand X Max+ for example, its budget price makes it a strong contender as far as affordable devices are considered.


In the United States, this phone is available for $199 on prepaid carriers such as Boost Mobile and Metro PCS. T-Mobile in United States also offers it with a 13-megapixel camera instead of the usual 8-megapixel camera phone but with an increased price of $290 without a contract. Sprint users can have this phone for $49 with a two-year agreement or without agreement, $288 in United States.

Design and display

LG G stylo offers you a 5.7-inch IPS display with a 1280×720 pixel resolution along with 258 ppi. The LG G Stylo also sports a wide and rectangular premium design that is same as LG’s G4 flagship phone. The larger display of LG G Stylo feels a bit heavy in the hand. The subtly arched back of this phone does make it comfortable to hold but we may say that made this phone a bit good in grip. Talking about the weight of the phone, it has around 166 grams of weight which is around 5.85 ounces. Because the rear control buttons of LG G Stylo and the back cover are made out of a lightweight plastic case, the device feels some cheaper than LG’s higher priced smartphones. In overall look a few dashed lines running horizontally across the phone making a texture add a dash of style and luxuriousness in the look of phone.

The top edge homes the 3.5mm earphone jack and stores the stylus (more thereon later), whereas very cheap phone has the Micro-USB port for charging. The rear options the power/sleep key moreover because the volume rocker. On top of the management buttons are the rear lense, flanked by its laser-guided specialize in the left and its flash on the proper. At the very bottom could be a tiny slit for the audio speaker. A little indentation on the left edge permits you to pry off the rear plate. Once removed, you will gain access to the swappable battery, and also the slots for the small Mount Rushmore State and SIM cards.


The phone’s show encompasses a 720p resolution. With a keen eye, you will be able to notice tiny pixelation and aliasing with text, icons and pictures, however the resolution is not therefore poor that it’s distracting or irritating. In fact, videos and photos are sleek enough for the foremost half and are straightforward to look at. The screen is additionally awake to the bit and encompasses a wide viewing angle. Once brightness is turned on goop, it is also snug to look at outdoors.

Working with the stylus

The enclosed stylus measures a touch over four inches (102mm) and contains a soft rubbery tip. According to the research, the pen is found to be a small amount too skinny even for my petite grip, however it’s still durable and comfy to write down with.

Unlike the styluses that equip Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, LG’s stylus does not have any good options, therefore it’s not sensitive handy pressure, cannot hover over text or have a click-and-select button like Samsung’s S-Pens. It’s simply a daily stylus that may faucet, swipe and drag.

A stylus is usually helpful if you have got gloves on and you cannot use your fingers to swipe, and with LG’s signature QuickMemo+ app, you’ll sort, write, doodle, draw, cut and duplicate to your heart’s need. The app includes tools to create lists; amendment your brush vogue (to a pen, brush, highlighter or chalk piece) and switch out the stylus’ color, transparency and sizes. You’ll additionally import media into your notes, like videos, footage and screenshots still as use the keyboard’s write-to-text feature. A watered-down version of the QuickMemo is additionally offered in G Stylo’s pull-down menu, wherever you’ll additionally annotate notes directly onto the screen.


All in all, the stylus does not add a monumental quantity of productivity or tools to your arsenal just like the Galaxy Note will, however it’s nice to possess it as Associate in Nursing choice once you nonchalantly would like it. This is often very true given the device’s generous screen size, which supplies your ample area to create notes and draw doodles. Since you’ll additionally tuck the stylus showing neatness into the telephone set, and it does not take up any area or need extra handling. Whereas I do not advocate it for any serious powerhouse user, the stylus could be a helpful bonus on Associate in Nursing already cheap phone.

Software and other options

• Android five.1.1 Lollipop
• LG program includes KnockCode, GlanceView and QuickMemo+
• 8GB of internal storage which is also expandable up to 32GB of storage via micro SD

In addition to QuickMemo+ mentioned higher than, the G Stylo includes a few of different signature options from LG like KnockOn and KnockCode, that allows you to awaken or unlock the device with numerous sound gestures whereas the show is asleep. With GlanceView, you’ll check the time, date and any lost notifications on the sleeping screen by swiping your finger downward from the highest edge.

Boost Mobile throws in its own apps too, tho’ luckily, you’ll uninstall them if you would like. There’s one Weather, the social-networking portal AirG, Boost Music, the digital Boost billfold and Boost Zone, wherever you’ll check your usage and account info and keep updated with carrier news. Messaging+ is Associate in Nursing SMS and video job service, and PlayPhone could be a gambling portal. Lastly, Boost411 could be a directory that allows you to explore for native businesses and other people.

You’ll get the standard slew of apps from Google like Gmail, the Chrome browser, Maps, Hangouts, Docs, Photos and YouTube to call simply a number of, still as another pre-loaded third-party apps like Scout navigation, the rideshare service Uber, Next Radio and therefore the security app convenience Guardian. And after all, you will have basic stuff sort of a calendar, a calculator, a weather hunter and therefore the like.


Camera and video

• 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, records 1080p video
• 5-megapixel front-facing camera, records 1080p video

Similar to different high-end LG devices, the G Stylo contains a laser-guided auto-focus. However, whereas the telephone set takes good footage, do not expect them to appear as crystal clear or the camera to figure as quick because the ones on the G4 or the G Flex two. Indeed, compared to those phones, the photos from the G Stylo are not as razor-sharp (especially at full resolution), and you’ll see a notable quantity of digital noise within the pictures. However, that does not mean the camera itself could be a deal breaker. In general, if you are looking for a camera that may take casual shots, this can satisfy. With adequate lighting, footage were in-focus and objects were simple to create out and showed true-to-life colors.

Video quality was additionally fared well. each distant and close audio picked up clearly, and therefore the camera was ready to specialize in each still and moving objects. The camera adjusted for lighting and focus during a timely manner as I affected the camera around, and there wasn’t any noticeable lag between my moving of the device and what I saw within the view finder. Colors additionally were correct and therefore there cording was sharp. You’ll additionally pause video whereas recording and capture photos.

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