Having released a budget phablet device under the name of G Stylo, the Korean manufacturer decided to cast away all hesitations by beefing up its specifications. The stylus and the large display will remain as a major selling point here as the software has been upgraded to equalize mid-range handsets in the market. Does it count? Let’s dig it out on this review.

PROS:

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight huge screen
  • Has a stylus
  • Removable battery

CONS:

  • Tacky UI
  • Poor high-end display performance

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The frame is made of polycarbonate and just like any entry-level Samsung devices, the LG Stylo is grilled with faux metal plastic on edge. There’s USB port and 3.5mm earphone jack on the bottom, while the stylus is placed in the top right corner. Although difficult to grasp by one hand, it only measures 7.62mm thick and weighs 170 grams.

Similar to Asus Zenfone 2, the volume rocker and the power button are assigned to fill the spot below the rear camera. Moving to the front, you’ll find a 5.7-inch 720p IPS LCD which is technically not really crisp. Given its large display, a 1080p should be a standard. But you can’t complain too much considering the cut-rate price tag. At 258ppi, you’ll notice some grain especially when watching videos and play games. But overall, it’s doing fine when navigating through the most part.

The Stylo 2 packs 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410, on par with many under $200 devices offered by several top players in the industry. It scored an average 26,822 point for overall system performance test on AnTuTu. The chipset is paired with 2GB of RAM which is relatively adequate to handle multiple heavy tasks at a time. There’s 16GB internal storage expandable with the help of microSD.

It runs Android 6.0 Marshmellow but we barely recognized it as the stock OS is covered in muddy LG’s UI. Everything from app icons to settings menu has been changed into somewhat an iOS style. Those who crave for pure Android experience won’t be pleased.

As of the camera, there’s a 13MP primary shooter compared to 8 on the first iteration. Overall, the quality is decent but not that exceptional. Capturing images outdoor should give you a clear impression, but it barely can recognize objects under the low-light situation. You can record video up to 1080p at 30fps. The 5MP front shooter is pretty appropriate to handle your daily face-to-face communications and selfie of course.

There’s a 3000 mAh battery which in our experience should easily make it last for a full day. It’s also removable, meaning you can replace it at home whenever it’s void or having a spare battery when go mobile.

Conclusions: For $99 (locked version offered by Boost Mobile) LG Stylo 2 is arguably on par with any device worth $175-$200 on the market. Even though the screen doesn’t stand out for too much, and the 13MP battery is just “okay,” but we have to admit that LG has done much to revamp the spec sheets to ensure the phablet uniquely stand against fierce competition on the price level.