Years before the existence of the Apple Pen, Steve Jobs was once quoted infamously saying, “Who needs a stylus?” (sigh). To be fair, the stylus wasn’t dead, and it still continues to be one of the main selling point in the Galaxy Note flagships. Last year, Samsung’s compatriot LG decided to take quite an unusual approach by bringing the stylus in their bubbling low-range devices. One that we will review today, LG G Stylo, even comes in similar size with 2015 iteration of the Note. How does it perform? Let’s check it out below.

PROS:

  • Affordable price
  • Widescreen
  • Durable, yet removable battery
  • Comes with free stylus

CONS:

  • Poor display
  • Small amount of RAM

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Employing LG’s integrated design philosophy, the physical appearance of G Stylo doesn’t differ much from LG G4. But other than the price range, the difference comes in rear plastic frame, which in G Stylo’s case, happens to be textured. It makes the overall grip more comfortable, although seems feeble.

The requirement of having a stylus forced the G Stylo to bolster the screen size to 5.7 inches. But the phablet-ic size doesn’t get followed by an appropriate resolution, as it stands at 720p which only counts at 258 ppi. The color temperature and reproduction is just meh, but you have no choice but to admit it entirely.

The LG G Stylo status as a mid-range device doesn’t help as it receives a slightly below satisfactory power unit package. There’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset paired with just 1GB of RAM and Adreno 306 GPU. It’s indeed capable enough in handling daily communication task, but as soon as you start conducting intensive operations, the thing will be bogged down. The 8GB storage isn’t the largest amount either, so you’ll be forced to insert a microSD card which thankfully had been made available in a dedicated slot.

As of the camera department, there’s 8MP primary shooter on the back which has less resolution than 2015’s G4 camera. Nonetheless, the G Stylo receives the same technology found in the flagship, such as laser autofocus assist, and an upgraded LED flash. The front camera comes in 5MP which should do a nice favor to your selfie effort.

Powering the device is a removable 3000 mAh battery which is below par considering its screen size. Surprisingly, we were wrong. It could easily outlast a day, partly since the internal unit isn’t that power-hungry. Afterall,  and only takes 135 minutes to do a full charge.

Conclusion: For a device currently selling at $59.99 (on-contract with Virgin Mobile) with a customized stylus, the LG G Stylo literally have no comparable rivals on the same level. If you crave for a big screen with long term usage, this handset will hands-down serve you the best.