LG’s Stylo handsets have just about the only budget-friendly phones on the market to come up with a built-in stylus For years. but now they finally have some competition in the form of Motorola’s upcoming Moto G Stylus. However, the Stylo 5 ($299.99), also known as the Stylo 5V, Stylo 5+, and also Stylo 5X, has an upper hand in the stylus department. It falls short just about everywhere else, along with slow performance, a lackluster camera, poor speaker quality, and also with a dated version of Android. The Moto G Stylus offers a faster processor, better cameras, solid stereo audio, and a nearly stock version of Android 10 for the same price, which makes it the better buy. Let’s read this article to know more about LG stylo 5 reviews.
Display 6.2″ FHD+ (1080p) FullVision™ Display with Stylus Processor 1.8Hz Snapdragon 450 RAM 3GB Storage 16 or 32GB (varies by model) along with microSD card support Battery 3,500mAh Cameras 13MP PDAF rear and 5MP wide-angle front Software Android 9 Pie Dimensions 6.34″ x 3.09″ x 0.34″, 6.39oz Connectivity USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi Price $199.99 at Boost Mobile, $229.99 at Cricket
Design The back of the Stylo 5 has a strange plastic texture, However, the rest of the phone feels well-built. There’s no notch, either. The stylus The stylus is good for drawing or navigating around applications. Headphone jack It has one!
Software LG’s flavor of Android does not add much in the way of useful functionality, and there’s small chance this phone will get Android Q. Camera Like most of the phones in this price range, the pictures are mediocre at best. Availability The Stylo 5 is only sold by Boost and also Cricket in the U.S. right now, it’s not available unlocked.
Design | LG stylo 5 reviews
The Stylo 5 measures 6.30 by 3.06 by 0.33 inches (HWD) and almost weighs 6.4 ounces. An unlocked version of the phone is also available in black, but other colors, that include pink, platinum, and white. That is limited to specific carriers.
The front part of the phone is dominated by a 6.2-inch LCD with very bulky bezels, for a 79.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. The resolution comes in at 2,160 by 1,080, for 390 pixels per inch, along with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Colors are on the cool side, but the display is sharp and also bright enough that you will feel comfortable using it for an extended period of time.
However, on the back, you will find a single camera lens and also the fingerprint sensor at the top. And LG’s logo is at the bottom. Carrier editions of the phone may have additional branding.
The top edge of the Stylo 5 is bare, however, the bottom is home to the stylus, headphone jack, USB-C charging port, and also the speaker. You will see the volume buttons and a hybrid SIM slot on the left, and the power button on the right side. The buttons are responsive and also very easy to reach with your one hand.
Moreover, the LG Stylo 5 comes with a plastic back that should be able to handle everyday dings and drops. But it’s unclear if the phone features a Gorilla Glass display or not, and it lacks any sort of water or dust protection. We suggest you to use a sturdy, waterproof case.
Performance | LG stylo 5 reviews
The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset and also 3GB of RAM. Storage comes in at 32GB, of that 18GB is available out of the box. If in case you need additional storage, you can also add up to 2TB with a microSD card. It’s worth noting that the amount of available storage you get will vary significantly depending on the version of the phone you buy.
We found its performance to lag with just about every task, from unlocking the phone to opening applications. If you have more than six apps open simultaneously slows response to a crawl. We also tried playing PUBG: Mobile and Asphalt 8. Somehow we managed to get Asphalt 8 open after a noticeable delay, we experienced lag and dropped frames, and PUBG kept shutting down.
Software | LG stylo 5 reviews
The LG Stylo 5 ships with the dated Android 9.0 Pie along with LG’s heavy-handed UX skin. Just about everything from the Settings menu to the shape of icons looks a bit different from the stock Android.
Just like Samsung, LG has duplicated versions of all the pre-installed Google applications. The Stylo 5 also has a healthy dose of bloatware on the top, that includes Facebook (barf) and a handful of Amazon applications. The launcher does not have an app drawer, but at least that can be fixed easily.
It’s also essential to note that LG is just about the worst phone manufacturer when it comes to updates. Such as the G7 ThinQ (LG’s mainstream phone for 2018) is just now getting Android 9 Pie in the United States. That update was released by Google almost a year ago. LG has not said a word about Pie coming to last year’s Stylo 4, so the Stylo 5 will likely never receive the huge Android update.
The software experience is not all bad, although. LG has included some useful utilities for use with the stylus. That includes a memo pad (also accessible from the lock screen), a screenshot markup, or a cropping tool, a GIF creator. And also a coloring book. The coloring book was a fun distraction whenever I had some free minutes. The stylus also works as another touch input, so that you can navigate the apps and click on things. Like if you were using your finger, and drawing in third-party apps such as Google Keep works fine.
Another high point for Stylo 5 is battery life. I ended most days with more than 50% battery remaining, so most people could easily get two days of use out of a single charge.
Camera | LG stylo 5 reviews
The LG Stylo 5 features a single 13MP rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture, as well as a 5MP front-facing camera along with an f/2.2 aperture.
However, our test shots in good lighting featured solid color accuracy and depth of field. We also noticed a lack of fine detail at a distance. Low-light performance, meanwhile, is really poor, along with muddy, noisy test shots. The front-facing camera performed poorly no matter the light.
Video quality is also kind of disappointing. However, the phone can record in 1080p at 30fps, we also noticed skipped frames, especially when panning. White balance also appeared to be off, because everything had a little bit of a blue tinge.
Just like most budget phones, Stylo 5 can take acceptable photos along with lots of light. But the quality falls apart in the dark environments. The image processing is worse than the sensor — it actually gives a watercolor-like effect to photos. Just similar to images taken with older OnePlus phones. You probably won’t notice the effect unless you zoom in, but yes it’s there.
Audia and Call | LG stylo 5 reviews
The LG Stylo 5 is available unlocked and in different variants for each and every major US carrier. It’s also important to note that different versions of the phone support different LTE bands. So some may not work good ell if you move them from one carrier to another. If you buy an unlocked version from directly from Amazon, it has to support LTE bands 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/41/66/71.
We performed a network test with a Stylo 5 variant made for Verizon’s prepaid Visible brand. Testing the phone in Brooklyn and Manhattan, we recorded underwhelming average speeds of almost 13.4Mbps down and 9.8Mbps up.
These speeds are likely because of the phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon X5 Category 4 LTE modem. An older 2x20MHz modem along with 64-QAM modulation. The Moto G Stylus, in comparison, has a 3x20MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 modem along with 256-QAM modulation. In layman’s terms, this means you must see at least a 40 percent increase in network speeds on the Moto G Stylus as compared with the Stylo 5.
Apart from network performance, call quality is good. Maximum volume for the earpiece clocks in at 84dB, that is actually loud enough to hear on a busy street. Speaker quality is decent, although we noticed some distortion, and noise cancellation is adequate. But did not completely block out the construction or sirens.
Further LG stylo 5 reviews
The bottom-firing speaker is loud, along with a maximum volume of 102dB. Unfortunately, it sounds worst at just about any volume. Tonal balance is overly bright and tinny, however, mids sound boxy to the point that we thought maybe the speaker was being muffled in the hand (it was not).
You also get Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless audio and wearable connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi, and NFC, the latter of which isn’t included on the Moto G Stylus and is a requirement for most mobile payment systems.
Buy it or not?
Yes, in case if you need a stylus phone. If you really want a budget phone with a stylus, and the lack of future Android updates is not a concern, then the Stylo 5 is not a bad choice actually. It offers a great design, good performance, and also a fantastic battery life. There’s a lot more to like here, even if LG’s flavor of Android isn’t my personal cup of tea.
If having a stylus isn’t your priority, then the Nokia 6.1 can be found for around the same price (~$230, as of the time of writing). And also offers a better software experience and slightly faster performance. But, the Nokia 6.1 won’t work on carriers like Sprint and Verizon, as it does not support CDMA networks.
There’s also a good chance carrier will offer deals on the Stylo 5, which maybe outweigh the phone’s disadvantages for you. Boost Mobile is already taking $40 off the $199.99 MSRP, Such as.
- If you really want a device with a stylus.
- If two-day battery life is important to you.
Do not buy it:
- If you want an Android Q update.
- If camera quality is important to you.
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