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LG Stylo 4 Review

We purchased the LG Stylo 4 so our expert reviewer could thoroughly test and assess it. Keep reading for our full product review.

The LG Stylo 4 bears more than a passing resemblance to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note series— both in its appearance and in its included stylus. For about a quarter of the price of a Note, you get a phone that, at least on the surface, appears to offer many of the features of its high-end competitors. In testing, it proved to be a phone that punched above its weight despite being on the older side. 

Design and Features: A magnet for scratches with a useful stylus

The LG Stylo 4 looks as slick and stylish as any flagship phone on the market. It may not have curved edges, questionable notches, or attempt a bezel-less display, but it is by no means ugly or bulky. It’s a traditional design that works just fine for the average user. 

Though the screen seems to repel fingerprints and smudges admirably, the rear of the device is another story. The instant we removed the Stylo 4 from its plastic wrapping it immediately acquired a layer of filth. Anything that so much as comes near it seems to leave a mark, and when we tried to clean it with the included cloth we found to our dismay that small scratches had been left behind. 

Throughout our testing, the rear panel acquired scratch after scratch despite our best efforts to prevent damage from occurring. We recommend purchasing a skin or case for this phone and applying it as soon as you unbox the device.

Writing and drawing with the stylus was surprisingly easy and satisfying, and we were impressed by how accurate it is.

On the other hand, the plastic back could be considered an advantage over the slippery and fragile glass of more expensive phones. It’s easy to get a good grip on the Stylo 4, despite how slim it is. However, it is rather tall and wide with its large 6.2-inch display, so we really had to strain to operate it one-handed.

Button and camera placement is standard, as is the placement of IO ports. If you have ever used an Android smartphone before you should feel right at home with the Stylo 4. What makes it stand out is the stylus, which is located in its own slot on the lower right-hand corner of the phone. 

Again, this is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, but accessing the stylus is slightly finicky compared to Samsung’s implementation. Where Samsung has an elegant press-to-release system, LG has used a far more rudimentary method where the stylus is pulled out with a fingernail. This isn’t particularly hard or inconvenient, but it is certainly inferior to Samsung’s stylus system. Worse is the method of reinserting the stylus, which must be replaced in the same orientation. We never got used to this while testing the phone, and reinserting the stylus was always a little frustrating.

Writing and drawing with the stylus was surprisingly easy and satisfying, and we were impressed by how accurate it was. We had no trouble jotting down legible notes without any practice at all.

We found the fingerprint reader located on the rear of the device under the camera to be fast and accurate. It can also be utilized for more than just unlocking the phone, with fingerprint gestures that allow you to optionally trigger the camera shutter or open the notification bar, among other functions.

Setup Process: Simple and streamlined

Setting up the Stylo 4 was a very simple process, no different than setting up any Android phone. You just pick your language, sign in to your Google account, and agree to all the licensing terms. The phone comes with a bunch of Amazon apps installed, and will prompt you to log in to your Amazon account. Our model came with all the most recent firmware updates preinstalled, which was a nice touch and saved us from having to wait. 

Display Quality: Competent, though basic

The Stylo 4 features a 6.2-inch Full HD+ 2160 x 1080 LCD display that is sharp and color accurate. At a maximum brightness of 476 nits, it is more than adequate for viewing in harsh lighting conditions, and is one of the best aspects of the phone. It is remarkably scratch resistant (especially compared to the back of the device), so you don’t need to use a screen protector unless you want to be extra safe. 

It is worth noting, though, that this is only an LCD, and does not benefit from the deep blacks and incredible vibrancy and contrast of higher-end AMOLED panels. That said, LCD is a perfectly serviceable screen type with good viewing angles, more durability, and less risk of burn-in than OLED displays. Like the rest of the design philosophy, it is practical, if not particularly eye-catching.

Performance: All work and no play

The aging Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor in the Stylo 4 hails from way back in 2017. Though for most day-to-day basic phone use we did not notice any problems, once you try to use the most recent and demanding apps, the phone really starts to show its age.

We ran PCMark and got an overall Work 2.0 score of 4,330, a score that isn’t spectacular compared with newer devices. Interestingly, the score was largely dragged down by the Writing 2.0 (2,806) and Data manipulation (3,077) tests, and if not for those scores the average would have been much higher. It scored particularly well when it came to Video Editing (5,232) and especially Photo Editing (7,296). Web Browsing was firmly in the center place with a score of 4,619.

This is an excellent affordable smartphone for those who really want an integrated stylus.

For graphics testing, we ran GFXbench T-Rex and Car Chase tests. For the T-Rex test, the phone averaged 20 frames per second (fps) and an overall score of 1,115 frames. That’s pretty abysmal compared to most other mobile devices which score in the 2,000 to 4,000 frames range. Car Chase was an even worse experience, with the phone only attaining 3.2 fps with a score of 189.9 frames—that’s between 5 and 10 times worse than most other devices.

With those scores in mind, don’t expect to play graphically demanding games at anything better than the minimum video settings. We played DOTA: Underlords, one of the latest and greatest mobile games, and found that it could only manage minimum graphics settings while maintaining a reasonable framerate. Even then we noticed many graphical glitches and occasional dropped frames. For some reason, the in-game hero Pudge refused to render fully, and only displayed as a ghostly floating red butcher’s apron. 

Connectivity: Perfectly acceptable

The LG Stylo 4 performed reasonably well indoors and outdoors on Verizon’s network, but it’s worth noting that we tested the Stylo 4 in the Southwest Washington area, which is very rural with patchy, inconsistent coverage, and speed varies wildly from location to location. We were able to get 19.0 Mbps down and 8.5 Mbps up in one location, which was consistent with results from the LG K30. We got better results from the Galaxy Note 10, but here in the Pacific Northwest it’s hard to come to a decisive conclusion in terms of connectivity. 

In practical terms, we had no trouble browsing the web, streaming video from Netflix or YouTube, and even playing online games so long as we were in an area with good coverage. 

Wi-Fi connectivity is great, with solid dual-band coverage. You also get Bluetooth 4.2, but no NFC capability. This means that the phone won’t be compatible with software such as Android Pay or some file transfer methods.

Sound Quality: Completely average

The Stylo 4 provided adequate sound quality from the single speaker located on the bottom of the device. Music was reasonably pleasant to listen too, though it could be a little muddy and lacking in the bass range.

The location of the speaker prevented us from accidentally covering it with our hand, as was the case with some smartphone speakers that are located on the rear of the device. That said, don’t expect anything really exciting from the Stylo 4 in terms of sound quality, and for most listening, you will want to use headphones, earbuds, or an external speaker.

The sound quality was perfectly acceptable for phone calls. We were able to hear and be heard even in somewhat noisy environments. 

Camera/Video Quality: Good but not great 

In good light, the Stylo 4 offers reasonably good image quality from its rear 13-megapixel camera. Details were reasonably crisp, and video looks okay. It’s quick to focus and easy to use, giving you good, though not amazing results. Color accuracy was good, but we experienced issues with the camera overexposing highlights.

Low light photography is poor, with lots of noise and muddy, unclear details. Expect good performance in bright light, but you won’t taking a lot of great shots at night or in dim, indoor environments.

You get an odd assortment of different modes with the Stylo 4. In addition to Auto, there is Food mode which essentially allows you to control the temperature of the scene. Match Shot takes a photo with both the front and rear cameras and sticks them together. Guide shot takes one of several sample photos (a bowl of noodles, a lollipop, and a smartphone), and there are several other modes including panorama which we found works moderately well.

The front-facing camera is 5-megapixels, and also provides respectable results. It includes typical portrait modes that clean up blemishes or blur out backgrounds, albeit with a less than consistently pleasing effect.

Battery: Plenty of power

The 3,800mAh battery provided plenty of juice, allowing us to stretch runtime out for about 9 hours before finally running it down. It should easily last the full course of an average workday and then some. It takes about 1.5 hours to charge to 100 percent. 

Software: The basics, Amazon, and stylus apps 

The LG Stylo 4 comes with very little bloatware. Aside from the usual stock Android apps, you will also find a suite of Amazon apps preinstalled, as well as LG’s stylus related apps which can be accessed via a floating dock that opens into a menu with links to various apps. These are used to quickly take notes, capture screenshots, as well as to perform a few other functions. The integration is mostly good, though we sometimes found the default note-taking app to be difficult to use compared to Samsung’s excellent system in its Note phones.

Price: Affordable Note alternative

With an MSRP of $300, the Stylo 4 is a bargain for a stylus-equipped phone. You should expect to be able to find it for much less than that price point too. Of course, what you pay will vary wildly based on where you buy it. In terms of budget phones, you could find something newer for less, but the quality of the stylus and screen could easily justify buying the Stylo 4 at full MSRP. 

If you don’t like the idea of putting down a grand on a phone but want a stylus, then the Stylo 4 is a reasonable budget option.

LG Stylo 4 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Comparing two phones in such different price brackets isn’t fair, but the stylus, form factor, and obvious intent of the Stylo 4 make the comparison inevitable. This is a phone that will immediately appeal to anyone who wants a stylus, but doesn’t want to fork over up to a grand for the Note. 

Put simply, the Note 10 is a premium, high end, flagship device, and each iteration is the pinnacle of its generation of smartphones. If you can afford the chunk of change necessary, you will certainly not regret going with such a high-end device. 

That said, there is an argument to be made for cheaper devices like the Stylo 4. In no way is it a better device, but at a quarter of the cost, you are getting tremendous value for your money. The Stylo 4 is not an exciting device, but it’s basically capable of everything the Note is, if in a greatly reduced capacity. It all comes down to what you want to spend. If you don’t like the idea of putting down a grand on a phone but want a stylus, then the Stylo 4 is a reasonable budget option.

Final Verdict

The budget kind of productivity.

The Stylo 4 will never win any awards for innovation, power, or design, but it doesn’t need to. This is a device that is purpose-built to offer productivity-minded consumers a device with the basic functionality of a Samsung Galaxy Note series device. It does this remarkably well, acting as an affordable smartphone for those who really want an integrated stylus.

Specs

  • Product Name Stylo 4
  • Product Brand LG
  • UPC 6261400
  • Price $299.99
  • Product Dimensions 3.06 x 0.32 x 6.3 in.
  • Warranty 1 year
  • Compatibility Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T
  • Platform Android
  • Processor 1.8 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM450 Processor
  • RAM 2 GB
  • Storage 32GB
  • Rear Camera 13 MP
  • Front Camera 5 MP
  • Flash Single LED
  • Display 6.2” FHD+ FullVision TFT Display 18:9 Aspect Ratio 2160 x 1080
  • Battery Capacity 3,300mAh Lithium Ion
  • Ports USB type-C 2.0, 3.5mm audio port
  • Waterproof No
Sours: https://www.lifewire.com/lg-stylo-4-review-4772459

LG Q Stylo 4 - user opinions and reviews

Had mine since 2018 and its 2021 now and i still have mine still in good condition only when am playing game the mic does not work as it used to but other from that its pretty great

Hi,
I got this phone for free when me and my family switched to boost. My phone touchscreen stopped working july 25 of 2021. I DID NOT DROP THE PHONE. THERE WAS NO CRACK ON THE SCREEN......That said... its worked GREAT for 2.5 years. My parents and my sister still use this phone with no problems. Overall good phone! especially since I got it for free from boost. Thankyou boost.

  • DeathCakes
  • 86R

I've had this phone since first it came out. I don't play games on it but I use it often for texting, web surfing, video watching and other application things. It's still in good working order. Battery still has good life in it even though I've seen diminished performance in maintaining charge. Speaker is not the greatest nor is the camera but they are not terribly bad. Storage space is a little underwhelming, which means external storage might be needed and few applications will probably be installed. Overall, the price-value was pretty good and I would recommend this phone unless better storage, speaker, and camera are needed.

Great inexpensive stylus phone! Have had mine since they came out, on Tracfone/Straighttalk. LED flash/flashlight stopped working (after I dropped it hard), so looking for a new phone on GSMArena. LG not making smartphones anymore, so thinking of a Moto One Fusion +. Anyhow, this has been a good phone, for what I do with it.

  • Alma Marcela
  • MYy

NFC is checked as "Yes", but my phone does not have NFC.

I had this phone for about 2 years, it wasn't great but it worked ok. It doesn't work great with more high intensity apps like games but it's fine for basic stuff like texting, email, pics etc.

However recently it stopped charging to the point where, like many of you, I get maybe 15-20% of battery life after charging it all night. And that is with the phone turned off.

I have literally had it charging, turned on but not using any apps, and it dies while charging.

And I know it's not the cord because I have tried several other chargers.

This phone has a life of 1.5 -2 years and then it's done.

I have mine since 2018, yes it does slow down a lot but since I replaced the battery and also adding heatsink, the phone gets faster than before.

For the first year and a half (since buying it late 2018) I had been pretty satisfied. Slowly but surely, the phone slowed down significantly and I was only able to run minecraft on minimum settings and it still looked like a slideshow. I factory reset it and it did virtually nothing for my phone's performance. This phone did not age well at all and I should have listened to my friends about LG, not terrible but definitely advise against getting a phone of this kind.

  • Anonymous
  • IbE

As of now we are on our 3rd generation of Stylo (3-5) and are pleased overall with the improvements made over time. As my wife just upgraded to the Stylo 5, I was able to go from my beyond worn out iPhone SE into this 4.

I can honestly say that I love the phone overall. The biggest issue thst I have is that my carrier will not allow thr phone to be upgraded to Android 9. Don't particularly care though as it is doing its job and we'll at that.

I have not had any problems with the phones due to having an OtterBox Commuter w/a screen protector that has withstood the wrath of a toddler with special needs and a very good throwing arm.

Overall I feel it is a good all around phone.

Lilly, 18 Oct 2020This was my first android in a decade after switching to iphone so maybe I'm just used to... moreThe LG Stylo 4 is a BUDGET phone and not a mid-range or a flagship so of course it is not going to prefrom well especially in 2021. This phone is too old and if you want a good budget Andriod phone I don't recommend any LG Stylo phones even the 6 based on your use case. Motorola makes amazing budget phones and so deos Samsung, OnePlus, and Poco. The iPhone SE 2020 blows most of these out of the water and it is only 400 dollars for an iPhone so if you want to go that route that's great. Samsung, Oneplus, Xiaomi, and Google make the best Andriod phones but LG makes more budget phones than flagship. I honestly don't know what you were expecting from a phone worth 30 dollars now but hopefully now you have an actually good phone : -)

Slowest phone I ever had

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  • TLP

Lilly, 18 Oct 2020This was my first android in a decade after switching to iphone so maybe I'm just used to... moreare you stoopid. your first android is literally one of the crappiest out there and you complain.

i would complain too if I received a device thats akin to the iphone 5s in speed and hardware lol

  • anonymous
  • r$C

Anonymous, 06 Jul 2020Thats very violent, you should be banned for that.tbf it is really slow

the phone was fine until i had it for a year then suddenly it stopped charging but first it was on and off charging but figured no big deal ill get another lg 4. it it a few months ago it is now stopped charging and i hate i am upgrading to the 6. no it was not the chargers i have used brand new ones like the other day i got two brand new chargers and none are charging the phone but will charge other phones.

This was my first android in a decade after switching to iphone so maybe I'm just used to a different standard of operating power. But after a year and a half I can solidly say I HATE this phone. The front camera acts like a fisheye lens, it catches the edges of my case and makes my forehead look like I'm megamind. I can't ever have more than 3 apps open (if I can get to that many) without lots of freezing and crashing and on several occasion the phone completely crashing and restarting. I moved the smart cleaning app to my home screen because the memory is so limited it reaches it's max several times a week with maybe 10 apps I've put on it and a boatload of bloatware to the point that the darn thing freezes up almost entirely (I didn't realize how badly cell service connection could be affected by lack of memory space). I will say, to its benefit, I have a knack for dropping my phone every time I take it out of the case to clean it, and it's proven much more sturdy to the 3 ft drop off my bed onto hardwood than my previous Iphone 6s- careful though your stylus may go flying as it's not super secure in it's slot. The charging port has slowly stopped working to the point that I may gain 20% in a full 8 hour night of no use. I finally got the kick in the butt to replace this blue brick because the center of the charging port broke off while removing it from the charger this morning- and no I didn't yank it like a barbarian. It was a desperate buy in a pinch, I'm almost glad to have to go spend money I can't afford to, just to be rid of this LG Stylo 4.

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jbee, 16 Sep 2020My wife and I have both had Stylo 4s for two years. We made sure to get cases and screen prote... moreDid you try getting a larger micro sd card for you phone?

xan3119, 11 May 2019I bought this phone after the nightmare of the Samsung j7 perx. Samsung should be investigated... moreAmen!

My wife and I have both had Stylo 4s for two years. We made sure to get cases and screen protectors before we even brought the phones home. Hasn't ever been out of its case except to put in an SD card. My only issue is that the Xfinity phone I have only has 16 GB of internal storage. I wish it had more as I am about to the limit of apps I can install. My wife uses hers to take pictures of our grandsons, and she is very happy with them (the pictures as well as the grandsons!). If you want to have high-end features, you should get a high-end device. Demanding qualities from a budget phone that it cannot have is ludicrous. With our experience, we will be upgrading to the Stylo 6. Great product!

Intrinsic, 05 Jun 2020Am trying to get a battery for my phne but it is so difficult can anyone help me to get a batt... moreThe battery in the LG Stylo 4 cannot be replaced.

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  • qN9

Ralph, 26 Jul 2020Had the phone for about a year and 2 months and the phone really isn't great, The screen ... morethe cam isn't that bad

Sours: https://www.gsmarena.com/lg_q_stylo_4-reviews-9251.php
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Switching from a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to an LG Stylo 4 is analogous to going from a Ferrari 812 Superfast to a Kia Optima. They’re both 2018 smartphones with styluses built in, and they both run the same version of Android (Oreo 8.1). But other than that, they couldn’t be more different.

Where the Note 9 has sex appeal and a high price tag, the Stylo 4 is basic and affordable—even cheap. The Stylo 4 has a quarter of the Note 9’s internal storage (32GB versus 128GB), is made of plastic instead of glass, and is powered by a far slower processor. And it doesn’t have wireless charging or a dual camera or a WQHD+ Infinity display.

stylo 4 note 9 full2Michael Simon/IDG

But much like the difference between a Kia and a Ferrari, the Stylo 4 offers something the Galaxy Note 9 doesn’t: value. And as I used the $250 handset (the cheapest Android phone I’ve used in some time) as my primary device for a fortnight, I began to see just how thin the lines between premium, budget, and mid-range phones really are. I didn’t scale back my use (in fact I set up the Stylo 4 from my Note backup), and while I’ll admit the Note 9 ran circles around the Stylo 4 in nearly every speed test, when you break it down, the two phones really aren’t all that different.

So, do we really need to spend $900 or $1,000 to get the best Android phone? Or to put it a other way: Is the Galaxy Note 9 really 400 percent better than the Stylo 4?

Spoiled by speed

Ever since the first Android phone arrived, we’ve been conditioned to expect a significant speed boost every 12 months. However, while the progression is clear at the high end of the market, with the Snapdragon 821, 835, 845, etc., it’s a bit more muddled for low-end and mid-range phones.

stylo 4 note 9 backMichael Simon/IDG

The Stylo is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor from 2017, and its age certainly shows. Even when comparing it to the newer Snapdragon 636, which runs at the same 1.8GHz clock speed, the Snapdragon 450 is decidedly outdated, with a slow GPU and modem, and a less powerful image signal processor. So it’s obviously slower than the Snapdragon 845 inside the Note 9, and significantly so. The Snapdragon 636 would be slower too, but not quite as noticeably.

The biggest issue is with graphics performance. Normal Android Oreo animations that would normally take less than a half-second on the Note 9 often hang for a second or more on the Stylo 4. It’s something I was particularly attuned to since I had literally switched to the Stylo 4 from the Note 9. Nonetheless, after a week, it wasn’t quite as bothersome.

Apps that were initially slow to load became quicker after their initial launches, and even with just 2GB of RAM, switching became noticeably less syrupy after a day or two. I also began to anticipate when the system would hang, so my fingers didn’t jump to a new task and slow things down even more. 

Auto-rotate was most affected by the Stylo 4’s low-end specs—so much so that I turned on orientation lock. But overall, the graphics were more of a nuisance than a hindrance. The slowness is compounded by LG’s UX skin, which adds unnecessary clutter and interface oddities throughout. I can’t help but wonder how much faster the Stylo 4 would feel if it ran Android One like the G7 One. That said, I have a new appreciation for the Note 9’s Adreno 630 GPU, which makes things buttery smooth despite the Samsung Experience UI.

Everyday speed performance is also noticeable slower than it is on the Note 9, but again, I adjusted my expectations after just a few days. I’ve been using Snapdragon 845 phones for the better part of 2018, so I figured the Stylo 4 would be slow to the point of unusable. But it wasn’t. I missed the speed of the Note 9 for sure, but it didn’t feel like a $750 difference. Besides, most people buying a Stylo 4 will be coming from a similar class of phone, and the Stylo’s Snapdragon 450 is certainly faster than the Snapdragon 429 or 210 they’re likely switching from. The Stylo 4 might be slow, but it’s by no means unusable. 

stylo 4 note 9 portsMichael Simon/IDG

I was most impressed with the Stylo 4’s battery life. With a 3,300mAh capacity, I expected it to be so-so, especially coming from the Note 9’s impressive 4,000mAh battery, but I was pleasantly surprised. Rarely did I have to plug in the Stylo 4 before the end of a day, and even then, I generally had more than 10 percent remaining. Benchmarks weren’t so kind, showing around 7 hours, but this a case where real-world use is vastly superior.

Unapologetically plastic vs. breakable glass

As you’d expect, the Stylo 4 is made of plastic as opposed to the Note 9’s all-glass design, and while it definitely feels less substantial than Samsung’s thousand-dollar flagship, it has a nice build that feels far from cheap. The curved screen and plastic back rests more comfortably in my hand and pocket than the Note 9, and I wasn’t nearly as concerned about dropping it without a case.. At 160 x 77.7 x 8.1 mm, it’s a touch smaller than the Note 9’s 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm frame, and the Stylo’s 6.2-inch screen is smaller than the Note 9’s 6.4-inch display as well.

stylo 4 note 9 cornerMichael Simon/IDG

The Stylo has a lower Full HD resolution screen compared to the Note 9’s WQHD display, but that’s still impressive for a budget phone. It’s as big as the Galaxy S9+, and while it’s not OLED and has only a 390ppi density, the display is vivid and plenty visible in direct sunlight with the brightness slider pinned to the right. You don’t get the display color options that you do on LG’s premium phones such as the G7, but there’s no denying that LG makes some of the best LCDs this side of the iPhone XR. Nothing about the display feels cheap or substandard.

Because the front of the Stylo 4 is mostly screen, the fingerprint sensor is on the rear. It’s fast and responsive, but it’s a bit on the small side and placed a little high for my tastes. I have the same problem with the Note 9, however, so maybe it’s my finger’s fault. And like the Note 9, the Stylo 4 still has a headphone jack.

A surprisingly capable stylus

As its name suggests, the LG Stylo 4 has a stylus built into its frame just like the Note 9. A thin piece of metal with a plastic tip, it doesn’t have any of the S Pen’s character, but it works surprisingly similarly. You won’t get the remote-control Bluetooth features that Samsung added to the Note 9, but many of the classic functions are there: screen-off memos, screen capture, GIF capture, etc.

stylo 4 note 9 pensMichael Simon/IDG

The Stylo 4 even has a similar animated menu when you pull out the stylus, though there’s no eject button like there is on the S Pen. To take the pen out, you need to hook your fingernail under the black tab and pull. Putting it back is an even bigger pain, as there’s only one way it properly fits, so I did a fair amount of spinning before I found the right angle. If they’re not paying attention, I could see someone jamming it into the slot and getting it stuck.

But overall, the stylus on the Stylo 4 works well. The Note 9 Penup artist community will scoff at the lack of precision control and pressure sensitivity, but as a note-taking and navigation tool, the Stylo’s stylus was perfectly fine, even fun to use.

A respectable shooter

You don’t need to see a bunch of sample images to know that the Stylo 4’s camera can’t hold a candle to the Note 9’s dual-aperture lens. While the megapixels are actually higher on the Stylo than on the Note 9’s main lens (13MP versus 12MP), there’s no comparing the two phones’ ability to take pictures.

note 9 stylo 4 camera compareMichael Simon/IDG

That being said, the Stylo 4’s shooting abilities are markedly better than I thought a $250 camera’s would be. At a nighttime outdoor concert a good distance from the stage, I was able to capture photos that were good enough for sharing with friends and posting to Twitter. In side-by-side shots you can see the huge gap in image quality, but as an everyday shooter, the Stylo 4 isn’t half-bad.

stylo 4 photo shotMichael Simon/IDG

While the camera app isn’t as good as the one on LG’s premium phones, you do get some fun features. There’s portrait mode for the front camera, along with a fun hands-free gesture that lets you snap a pic by clenching and unclenching your fist. You also get Match Shot, which lets you take a photo with the front and rear camera simultaneously, and Grid Shot, which lets you assemble four photos into a collage. There’s also a dedicated food mode and Q Lens (LG’s versions of Google Lens), all of which make it feel like more than a budget camera.

There are basically two types of Android users: Those who argue over specs and want the best phone year after year, and those who just want a phone that looks good, works well, and takes good pictures. People in the latter group often get lured into buying more phone than they need through carrier deals and seductive advertising, but more OEMs should be making and marketing phones like the Stylo 4.

note9 stylo 4 displayMichael Simon/IDG

It’s not nearly as fast nor as powerful as the thousand-dollar Note 9, but for a phone that Prime members can buy through Amazon for around $200, it certainly wasn’t $800 worse. Now, I know I’m probably not going to sway many people who are willing to spend $1,000 on a handset to buy an LG Stylo 4 over the Galaxy Note 9. And, quite frankly, I’m not trying to. The Note 9 is one of the fanciest Android phones you can buy and the LG Stylo 4 is one of the least, and that’s all some people will see.

However, if you’re tired of spending insane amounts of money on your phone and really want a phone with a stylus, your $250 will be well spent on the Stylo 4. And with all that extra money in your pocket, you can start saving for that new Ferrari.

Sours: https://www.pcworld.com/article/402577/lg-stylo-4-review.html
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LG Stylo 4 Review



Display


LG went with a 6.2-inch, Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 px) LCD display on the Stylo 4 and the results of which are mostly satisfying. Colors appear somewhat accurately, although there is a slight tendency towards a bluish tint. Reaching 476 nits at maximum brightness and 3 nits at minimum, the Stylo 4 is easy to see and read in almost any lighting.

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Interface and Functionality


When it comes to the interface, LG has equipped the Stylo 4 with LG UX 7.0 built on Android 8.1, Oreo – the same combination you’ll find on the higher-end LG G7 ThinQand V35 ThinQ. While performance naturally will have some differences due to lower-end processing components, the general layout and look will be quite similar. Our Prime-exclusive Stylo 4 comes with a suite of Amazon software, including Alexa, worked into its layout. Unfortunately, Alexa can’t be summoned by your voice alone, and must be triggered via the software button before fielding requests.

Fingerprint gestures are also incorporated, enabling functions like triggering the camera shutter, capturing screenshots, or opening and closing the notification bar. These are nice additions to an already fast and responsive piece of biometrics.

Overall, the experience here is tidy, good-looking, and intuitive – characteristics we also appreciate in the additional stylus-related software bits.

Pen functions


The included stylus provides the most unique features of this device which include functions for screen-off memos, screen capture and markup, and quick memo features. Screen-off memo can be switched on or off via settings, and once enabled, allows the user to simply pull out the stylus while the screen is off to start writing a quick note from the lockscreen, which is then saved to your QuickMemo+ notebook.


Within the OS, pulling out the stylus brings up a floating icon which, much like the floating bar we’ve seen on other LG devices, provides shortcuts to various apps and functions. Being a pen-related feature, the first few of these five default shortcuts are for quick memos, as well as screen capture and editing. Any app can be swapped into one of the five slots, though.

Writing with the pen is easy and responsive, but no hand rejection software is at work and the pen is rather skinny, so the writing angles aren’t the most comfortable or natural. We also hope that QuickMemo+, the default note-taking app, will soon gain functionality for its eraser to delete entire strokes, rather than having to trace pixel by pixel to erase your marks. Even without a battery in the pen, though, LG’s created a location-based feature which reminds you that you’re walking away from your pen if you get up and do so.

Processor, Memory, and Performance


Equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB storage
(expandable via MicroSD), the LG Stylo 4 unfortunately isn’t the smoothest operator. While we wouldn’t necessarily call our experience buggy, we did run into a few force-closed apps, and general navigation seemed a step behind; stutters and hangs were easily apparent in multitasking and app-launching. It’s not an overly frustrating experience but it certainly isn’t the best, even in this price range.

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Connectivity


The Prime-exclusive variant of the Stylo 4 comes with all the proper antennas to work on 4G LTE with Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, and of course, any prepaid carriers using their towers. We also very much appreciate the inclusion of USB-C fast charging. Otherwise, you’ll find the requisites like Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band Wi-Fi, but no NFC, and therefore no Android Pay.

LG Stylo 4 Camera Quality


Packing a 13 MP, single camera, the LG Stylo 4 has the requisite functions you’d hope to find in this department, and not much else. This means functions like auto-HDR, phase-detection autofocus, and filters are all included.

In terms of performance, the LG Stylo 4 is a formidable point-and-shooter for this price range. The camera focuses quickly and exposure, though not always perfect, does its job in short order, as well.


Color capture is solid, displaying very good color accuracy. The only thing that can get in the way of this is the camera’s tendency to sometimes overexpose brighter areas. It also has some troubles with letting in movement in lower-light scenarios, obscuring its otherwise impressive proclivities in detail capture by blurring areas of the shot – textures, and text can get a bit muddy. Otherwise, colors and details are very well-captured in ideal lighting, such as bright landscapes. The LG Stylo proves to be an impressive shooter for outdoor adventures in the day time, but night time shooting’s shortcomings are more apparent.

The LG Stylo’s 5 MP front-facer shoots some pretty good-looking selfies too; details and color capture look pretty on-point. Using the switch to capture a wider field of view is easy and effective, as is the experience using portrait and beauty modes. Auto-beauty cleans up blemishes well but can appear noticeably airbrushed, while the portrait features do a solid job separating the background and creating a pleasing bokeh effect.
QLens is a camera mode meant to add a bit of AI functionality to the Stylo 4, but instead of using algorithms to improve photo capture, QLens is more akin to Google Lens in its feature set. Functionalities within exist solely to photo-search Pinterest and Amazon, or scan QR codes. Predictably, it’s not very useful or effective.

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Video


Video capture tops out at 1080p on the Stylo 4 and results are a bit mixed. While audio sounds loud and clear, and color accuracy is high, details are a bit grainy of course at 1080p, and there’s a pronounced bit of stutter and jitter when moving the camera – even at slow speeds. Exposure too is a bit slow to adapt, and overall not quite as adept as in photo capture.



Call Quality


The calling experience on the LG Stylo 4 is a pretty good one. We had no issues with dropped calls or connection, but the rear-mounted speakerphone could use a little more oomph, and we mean in both decibels and bass. The earpiece does its job well, though, and should be easy enough to hear in most environments.

Battery Life


Clocking a very solid nine and a half hours in our custom battery drain test, the Stylo 4 performs quite well in the battery department. In our day-to-day usage we averaged over a day of use, even with heavy use. Fast charge was also nice to have, juicing up the phone’s 3300 mAh battery in about 90 minutes.

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Conclusion


LG’s turned in a decent performer in most regards with the Stylo 4. The camera’s quite impressive and note-taking abilities set it apart from other devices. Nailing the basics like the screen and battery life help round the device out, but the computing performance leaves something to be desired. It’s not unusable by any means, though, so it may be a worthwhile compromise for everything else the Stylo 4 has to offer.

Being a stylus-equipped device helps narrow its competition a bit, but there are other large-screened devices in this price range to consider. This includes the Moto E5 Plus and G6, for instance. Both of which perform better than the Stylo when it comes to speed and fluidity and compete well in the camera department, as well. The E5 Plus also has a massive 5000 mAh battery to sweeten the deal. Not to mention the Nokia 6.1lives in this price range and has similar strengths in processing and photography.

If size is of no consequence to you, then the Essential PH-1 is typically found in this price range, as well. Even LG’s own G6 can be had for just about $100 more as a Prime exclusive. But, of course, if a stylus is what you desire, the Stylo 4 will provide you a decent device to go along with it.

Sours: https://www.phonearena.com/reviews/LG-Stylo-4-Review_id4559

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There are not many smartphones with a screen larger than 6" but Tracfone has just released the LG Stylo 4 which features a massive 6.2" screen. If you prefer larger screens, this might be a great option for you. The phone also comes with 16 GB internal storage, 2 GB RAM, an octa-core processor and 13MP rear camera.

Another big feature on the new Stylo 4 is the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system it comes with. Most Tracfone smartphones are still running older Android versions so users may find it very enticing to upgrade to the latest OS. (note that Android 9 Pie is just starting to be released, but only for flagship phones)

-Only 16 GB Storage and 2 GB RAM
-A little expensive (comparison to Moto G6 Play below)


The huge screen with great resolution plus Android Oreo are two key factors that make the Stylo 4 very interesting. But like many Tracfone devices, it is limited in that it only has 16 GB storage and 2 GB RAM.

Another key bit of information to note is that this phone is for use with CDMA networks on Tracfone (primarily Verizon cell towers) and we don't see any information about a GSM version coming anytime soon. Tracfone has released very few GSM smartphones in the last year as they appear to be catering towards CDMA users or markets.

As for Triple Minutes for Life, the Stylo 4 does not come with it as far as we can tell. Tracfone's plan is to not include it with any phones released past April 2017 and they appear to be sticking with this policy. For more on this, visit our Guide to Tracfone Ends Triple Minutes.

Now here are the full list of features and specs for the Stylo 4.

Tracfone LG Stylo 4 (L713DL) Features and Specs

Below are the features followed by the technical specs
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 4G LTE capable using CDMA networks (Verizon)
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS
  • Alarm
  • Access to over 1 Million Apps on Google Play
  • MP3 Player
  • Voicemail, Caller ID, Call Waiting
  • SMS and MMS
  • USB-C Port
  • Accelerometer
  • USB Cable/Charger
LG Stylo 4 Technical Specifications 
  • Size: 6.30'' (H) x 3.06'' (W) x 0.33'' (D) and 6.07 oz
  • Camera: 13 MP Rear Camera with Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF), flash, portrait mode and more. 5 MP Front Camera
  • Screen: 6.2" FHD FullVision TFT display at 2160x1080 resolution
  • Processor: 1.8GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ SDM450
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Storage: 16 GB (about 8 GB usable) and up to 256 GB via Micro SD Card
  • Battery: 3300 mAh with 13hrs talk time/11 days standby
The manufacturer of the Stylo 4 is one of the largest electronics manufactures in the world. LG has a variety of different phones ranging from budget to flagship and a number of them are compatible with the Tracfone BYOP program.

There is actually an unlocked version of the Stylo 4 on Amazonwith slightly different features. It comes with 32 GB internal storage, 3 GB RAM and is compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks. Beyond these differences it appears to be the same and is currently listed for $50 more than the Tracfone version.

Let's get intot the details of what the LG Stylo 4 has to offer with our full review.

Tracfone LG Stylo 4 (L713DL) Review

Touchscreen
The biggest feature (pun intended) on the Stylo 4 is the screen at 6.2" with a resolution of 2160x1080. It is larger than the previous model (the Stylo 3 had just a 5.7" screen) and has the best resolution of any phone from Tracfone in this price range. It also features the popular 18:9 screen ratio.

The screen is so large that the phone includes a stylus, which is helpful for some users. In many cases we see large screens sacrificing on PPI - Pixels Per Inch, where a higher PPI is generally better. The Stylo 4 has about 390 PPI making it better than most other Tracfone devices in this category.

A large screen does make it easier to watch media, or type on the keyboard, however it also makes it more challenging to handle or fit in a pocket. Smartphones with large screens aren't for everyone, but if you do prefer it, the Stylo 4 comes with a very good screen for the price.

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LG Stylo 4 Review

Internal Specs - Processor, RAM and Memory
The Stylo 4 comes with the standard 16 GB storage/2 GB RAM almost every other Tracfone smartphone in this price range has come with in the last year. This phone only has about 8 GB storage space for the user to install apps and save pictures so you will find this very limiting. But if you don't plan to run very many apps, it is less of an issue.

The processor on the Stylo 4 is actually quite good, featuring a 1.8 Ghz Octo-core processor from Qualcomm. It is a powerful yet efficient processor that was recently released.

The processor on the Stylo 4 won't hold users back, but the RAM and Memory might so keep that in mind.

Camera
A 13 MP rear shooter is on the Stylo 4 with Phase Detect Auto Focus for better autofocus performance in videos and in darker environments. There are a umber of other features also included such as Portrait mode, Burst shutter, Timer, and Flash.

The Front camera is a very standard 5 MP wide view camera capable of selfies and more.

The cameras on the Stylo 4 are good and capable of capturing some nice images. This phone easily has one of the better cameras versus other Tracfone devices in this price range.

For video, the Stylo 4 has 1080 HD recording at 30 fps which works well for capturing videos to share with friends or family.

If you're looking to get better images, see our 8 Tips for Better Cell Phone Pictures.

Battery
The battery capacity is 3300 mAh which gives users approximately 13hrs of talk time and about 11 days on standby. With the size of the phone we would have expected a larger battery, like the 4000 mAh battery in the Moto G6 Play. With the help of the new efficient processor, the battery life is pretty good overall.

Android OS
The Stylo 4 is the first Tracfone smartphone to feature the newer Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. With each new Android iteration there comes a variety of cosmetic and functional changes, usually for the better, that help with the efficiency and usability of the phone.

Because Tracfone smartphones are not able to receive Android updates like unlocked devices, it is important when purchasing a new phone to make sure you get one with a newer OS so you don't have to worry about security issues in much older versions.

See Best Android Apps for Tracfone

Conclusion
With any phone in the budget price range it will have to sacrifice in some areas to keep the price low and with the Stylo 4 we see that especially in the storage and RAM for the phone. However, the screen and processor are both quite good, leading to a great overall experience as long as you don't need a lot of storage and won't be playing resource intensive games or applications.

The fact that it also features Android Oreo is also a huge plus, and the camera on the Stylo 4 is also good for a phone at this price.

The main consideration for most users will be if they want a phone with a 6.2" screen which will be great for watching videos but may be hard to hold or fit in a pocket. For a phone with a smaller screen but otherwise similar features, consider the LG Premier Pro.

Let's look at what may be the closest competitor, the Moto G6 Play.

Comparison: LG Stylo 4 vs Moto G6 Play

The Moto G6 Playis an unlocked smartphone available at the same price, about $199, and has a variety of pro's and con's compared to the LG Stylo 4.

The Moto G6 Play has more RAM, at 3 GB and also more internal storage, 32 GB, compared to the Stylo 4. The G6 is unlocked and compatible with either GSM or CDMA networks and can be used with Tracfone BYOP. As for battery life the Moto G6 Play is a beast in this category with many users getting two days of use off of a single charge.

Both the Stylo 4 and G6 Play have similar 13 MP cameras and they both run Android Oreo.

When it comes to screen size, the Moto G6 Play has a smaller, 5.7" screen with less resolution and DPI. The G6 Play only has a quad-core processor compared to the superior octo-core processor in the Stylo 4.

Each of these phones have some great features, and some areas where costs were cut. Right now you can get the Moto G6 Play on Amazon for just $191.

Where to Buy the LG Stylo 4

The LG Stylo 4 is available from several different retailers and we expect to see it offered from more in the near future.

The best deal at this time is through HSN which is offering it with an Airtime bundle and additional accessories for $229

View the LG Stylo 4 with Airtime Bundle on HSN

We have also found it on Amazon for $229 .

And the Tracfone website also has it for sale for $229

That concludes our review of the LG Stylo 4 from Tracfone. We hope you found this review helpful. Leave a comment with your thoughts or questions!

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4.0 out of 5 starsExcellent features with beautiful display

Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018

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If you live in the Amazon ecosystem as I tend to do, a feature-rich smartphone that integrates Amazon's resources on a budget is worth considering.

The LG Stylo 4 (Prime Exclusive) Unlocked Smartphone offers Prime consumers an Android phone that has cool accessibility and security features like a fingerprint reader, on-body detection, face recognition and a stylus built-in (located on the lower right-hand corner of the phone inside the body) to use to write QuickMemo+ notes.

It's not a high-end smartphone, but it's not 'cheap' either. Some users who are looking for all metal construction will be disappointed, but for those who are looking for a reasonably priced unlocked smartphone with lots of fun and useful features, the LG Stylo 4 will be a good choice.

What I like about the LG Stylo 4 Prime Exclusive Phone:

➤ The sharp FHD edge-to-edge display at 6.2" is a pleasure to use at 1920x1080 resolution. Text is sharp and photos are too. Colors are accurate and I just enjoy looking at it! The stylus works well with it too.

➤ The cameras (both front and back) produced good photos in low light, inside and outside. Yes, there are better cameras, but for most the 13MP rear-facing and 5MP front facing cams will be good enough to capture both photos and video. Portrait mode and the ability to setup a gesture to take selfies are features that should come standard in all phones, but don't. This one has them.

➤ Security with the built-in fingerprint reader and the ability to setup facial recognition is generally only found in higher-end phones.

➤ The 1.8Ghz octa-core Snapdragon engine powers the Android Oreo 8.1 operating system. Powerful and smooth in its launching of apps.

➤ You can use the stylus to jot down notes by simply pulling it out of its housing inside the phone. The screen comes up automatically when the stylus is pulled out.

➤ Wi-fi calling capable; if your service allows for it. Mine does, so it's a great option to have when wifi is available and cell service is spotty.

➤ Call quality is good both with the handset and via speakerphone. The phone paired easily with a Bluetooth speaker and I was able to make a call that way too.

➤ Unlocked is the way to go! For both CDMA and GSM networks. I have Simple Mobile service (uses T-Mobile towers) and this phone immediately connected to the Simple Mobile system just by swapping the SIM card from my unlocked iPhone 6 to this phone.

☆ NOTE: This phone is universally unlocked. Compatible with major U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Also compatible with prepaid carriers, such as Cricket Wireless, Boost Mobile, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, Total Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, Mint, and H2O.

➤ You DO NOT have to be an Amazon Prime member to buy or use this smartphone. But if you are, you will find that one login to Amazon will give you access to all your Prime perks like Prime Video, Prime Music, etc. Plus you'll have a widget that provides customized deals just for you. **Super useful if you're a daily Amazon shopper like me! **

➤ Supports 4G LTE speeds where available, and backward compatible too.

➤ If your service supports it (Simple Mobile does...) you can enable your phone as a hotspot to provide internet to nearby devices you authorize.

➤ It STILL has a 3.5mm headphone jack! Not a big deal for those who use Bluetooth headphones, but nice for those who still have some wired ones hanging off their ears.

➤ Records at 1080p HD video if desired.

➤ You can double tap the volume down button to access the camera without waking the phone otherwise.

➤ 18:9 photo possibilities - makes for wider photos; great for selfies, and the display allows for you to view two apps at one time!

➤ Facial recognition software unlocks the phone in 1-3 seconds. The BEST I've ever used! Even works in low light.

➤ Can receive and send both text and photo messages (if supported by your carrier).

➤ 3300 mAh battery is good enough for most users to enjoy this phone throughout the day without a need for a recharge. It does take a few days of usage for the phone to know 'how' you use your phone and adjust accordingly. Approximately 20 hours of standby time is estimated. If you are a heavy user in terms of watching video, you may want to invest in a backup battery to carry along with you for top-ups of this battery.

➤ Facial recognition is easy to set up in Settings (search for 'Facial Recognition') and is a feature generally not found on phones at this price point.

➤ Internal storage can be expanded UP TO 2TB which is pretty amazing. The drawer for the SIM and storage card isn't flimsy. And the phone ships with a tool to open the door to the SIM and storage holder. (Although a paperclip works too!)

➤ The Amazon app integration with Google's app suite makes this a fantastic option for users like me who use both on a daily basis.

➤ Premium feel to this phone even though it's still what I'd consider budget-friendly. The build quality is very good and the display is beautiful!

➤ DTX Surround Sound is excellent when paired with Bluetooth speaker thanks to this sound technology. Onboard speakers are good too.

➤ Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology is good and the phone charges with Type-C USB charger in approximately 60 minutes from a battery that's at below 10%.

➤ Fingerprint reader is on the back of the phone. (Make sure your case doesn't obscure it if you want to use it.)

➤ The price is excellent for an unlocked smartphone with all these awesome features!

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What I wish was better about the LG Stylus 4...

♦︎ The back of the phone is plastic. It makes it more vulnerable to breakage and thus a good case (I prefer Otterbox or similar) is a must!

♦︎ The 3GB of memory is not enough for power-users and the Oreo 8.1 operating system takes up a good sized chunk of it, effectively leaving the phone somewhat underpowered in this respect.

♦︎ The 32GB of internal storage on this phone isn't nearly enough for a decent number of apps and a few photos. You will have to buy a microSD card to provide additional storage space. While this is a cheap upgrade, it could be avoided if there was a minimum of 64GB instead of the paultry 32GB. With the operating system running and little else, you only have a littel over 12GB for all other apps with this phone out of the box. (See photo.)

♦︎ Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology is still fairly slow, but can be improved upon by turning the phone to Airplane mode and closing all apps. Charges with Type-C USB charger.

♦︎ The front-facing camera is relatively low resolution as sine other phones at this price point have better ones.

♦︎ Microphone for video recordings is not great, but can be boosted by attaching a cheap lavalier type microphone via the 3.5mm jack. It's not terrible without it, but this can enhance it.

♦︎ Battery cannot be removed to be replaced if needed.

♦︎ Case is sealed, but the phone IS NOT water resistant or waterproof.

♦︎ The backside of the case is plastic and shows fingerprints very easily. (Not an issue if a case is on the phone.)

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Overall, this is a great phone that can work with multiple carriers with ease.

I'd give it a 4.5 star rating if that was available as it really is a good choice if you are looking for a happy balance between budget price and premium features.

The ability to use a stylus, facial recognition security, and up to a 2TB expansion of this phone (card not included) are huge selling points.

The biggest negatives to this phone are the inability to upgrade the internal memory or remove the battery as the case is sealed.

Impressive features, great display and the seamless integration of Amazon's apps at a fair price in an unlocked smartphone make this worth considering.

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NOTE: I have owned Android smartphones including these - Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia and others by ZTE and LG. I currently use an iPhone 6 as my daily use phone. Switching from iOS to Android takes some effort - turning off iMessage to the iPhone in order to receive texts on an Android phone for example, but this phone has me considering it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent features with beautiful display
By Andrea Polk on September 2, 2018

If you live in the Amazon ecosystem as I tend to do, a feature-rich smartphone that integrates Amazon's resources on a budget is worth considering.

The LG Stylo 4 (Prime Exclusive) Unlocked Smartphone offers Prime consumers an Android phone that has cool accessibility and security features like a fingerprint reader, on-body detection, face recognition and a stylus built-in (located on the lower right-hand corner of the phone inside the body) to use to write QuickMemo+ notes.

It's not a high-end smartphone, but it's not 'cheap' either. Some users who are looking for all metal construction will be disappointed, but for those who are looking for a reasonably priced unlocked smartphone with lots of fun and useful features, the LG Stylo 4 will be a good choice.

What I like about the LG Stylo 4 Prime Exclusive Phone:

➤ The sharp FHD edge-to-edge display at 6.2" is a pleasure to use at 1920x1080 resolution. Text is sharp and photos are too. Colors are accurate and I just enjoy looking at it! The stylus works well with it too.

➤ The cameras (both front and back) produced good photos in low light, inside and outside. Yes, there are better cameras, but for most the 13MP rear-facing and 5MP front facing cams will be good enough to capture both photos and video. Portrait mode and the ability to setup a gesture to take selfies are features that should come standard in all phones, but don't. This one has them.

➤ Security with the built-in fingerprint reader and the ability to setup facial recognition is generally only found in higher-end phones.

➤ The 1.8Ghz octa-core Snapdragon engine powers the Android Oreo 8.1 operating system. Powerful and smooth in its launching of apps.

➤ You can use the stylus to jot down notes by simply pulling it out of its housing inside the phone. The screen comes up automatically when the stylus is pulled out.

➤ Wi-fi calling capable; if your service allows for it. Mine does, so it's a great option to have when wifi is available and cell service is spotty.

➤ Call quality is good both with the handset and via speakerphone. The phone paired easily with a Bluetooth speaker and I was able to make a call that way too.

➤ Unlocked is the way to go! For both CDMA and GSM networks. I have Simple Mobile service (uses T-Mobile towers) and this phone immediately connected to the Simple Mobile system just by swapping the SIM card from my unlocked iPhone 6 to this phone.

☆ NOTE: This phone is universally unlocked. Compatible with major U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Also compatible with prepaid carriers, such as Cricket Wireless, Boost Mobile, MetroPCS, Simple Mobile, Total Wireless, Tracfone, Net10, Mint, and H2O.

➤ You DO NOT have to be an Amazon Prime member to buy or use this smartphone. But if you are, you will find that one login to Amazon will give you access to all your Prime perks like Prime Video, Prime Music, etc. Plus you'll have a widget that provides customized deals just for you. **Super useful if you're a daily Amazon shopper like me! **

➤ Supports 4G LTE speeds where available, and backward compatible too.

➤ If your service supports it (Simple Mobile does...) you can enable your phone as a hotspot to provide internet to nearby devices you authorize.

➤ It STILL has a 3.5mm headphone jack! Not a big deal for those who use Bluetooth headphones, but nice for those who still have some wired ones hanging off their ears.

➤ Records at 1080p HD video if desired.

➤ You can double tap the volume down button to access the camera without waking the phone otherwise.

➤ 18:9 photo possibilities - makes for wider photos; great for selfies, and the display allows for you to view two apps at one time!

➤ Facial recognition software unlocks the phone in 1-3 seconds. The BEST I've ever used! Even works in low light.

➤ Can receive and send both text and photo messages (if supported by your carrier).

➤ 3300 mAh battery is good enough for most users to enjoy this phone throughout the day without a need for a recharge. It does take a few days of usage for the phone to know 'how' you use your phone and adjust accordingly. Approximately 20 hours of standby time is estimated. If you are a heavy user in terms of watching video, you may want to invest in a backup battery to carry along with you for top-ups of this battery.

➤ Facial recognition is easy to set up in Settings (search for 'Facial Recognition') and is a feature generally not found on phones at this price point.

➤ Internal storage can be expanded UP TO 2TB which is pretty amazing. The drawer for the SIM and storage card isn't flimsy. And the phone ships with a tool to open the door to the SIM and storage holder. (Although a paperclip works too!)

➤ The Amazon app integration with Google's app suite makes this a fantastic option for users like me who use both on a daily basis.

➤ Premium feel to this phone even though it's still what I'd consider budget-friendly. The build quality is very good and the display is beautiful!

➤ DTX Surround Sound is excellent when paired with Bluetooth speaker thanks to this sound technology. Onboard speakers are good too.

➤ Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology is good and the phone charges with Type-C USB charger in approximately 60 minutes from a battery that's at below 10%.

➤ Fingerprint reader is on the back of the phone. (Make sure your case doesn't obscure it if you want to use it.)

➤ The price is excellent for an unlocked smartphone with all these awesome features!

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What I wish was better about the LG Stylus 4...

♦︎ The back of the phone is plastic. It makes it more vulnerable to breakage and thus a good case (I prefer Otterbox or similar) is a must!

♦︎ The 3GB of memory is not enough for power-users and the Oreo 8.1 operating system takes up a good sized chunk of it, effectively leaving the phone somewhat underpowered in this respect.

♦︎ The 32GB of internal storage on this phone isn't nearly enough for a decent number of apps and a few photos. You will have to buy a microSD card to provide additional storage space. While this is a cheap upgrade, it could be avoided if there was a minimum of 64GB instead of the paultry 32GB. With the operating system running and little else, you only have a littel over 12GB for all other apps with this phone out of the box. (See photo.)

♦︎ Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology is still fairly slow, but can be improved upon by turning the phone to Airplane mode and closing all apps. Charges with Type-C USB charger.

♦︎ The front-facing camera is relatively low resolution as sine other phones at this price point have better ones.

♦︎ Microphone for video recordings is not great, but can be boosted by attaching a cheap lavalier type microphone via the 3.5mm jack. It's not terrible without it, but this can enhance it.

♦︎ Battery cannot be removed to be replaced if needed.

♦︎ Case is sealed, but the phone IS NOT water resistant or waterproof.

♦︎ The backside of the case is plastic and shows fingerprints very easily. (Not an issue if a case is on the phone.)

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Overall, this is a great phone that can work with multiple carriers with ease.

I'd give it a 4.5 star rating if that was available as it really is a good choice if you are looking for a happy balance between budget price and premium features.

The ability to use a stylus, facial recognition security, and up to a 2TB expansion of this phone (card not included) are huge selling points.

The biggest negatives to this phone are the inability to upgrade the internal memory or remove the battery as the case is sealed.

Impressive features, great display and the seamless integration of Amazon's apps at a fair price in an unlocked smartphone make this worth considering.

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NOTE: I have owned Android smartphones including these - Samsung Galaxy, Sony Xperia and others by ZTE and LG. I currently use an iPhone 6 as my daily use phone. Switching from iOS to Android takes some effort - turning off iMessage to the iPhone in order to receive texts on an Android phone for example, but this phone has me considering it.

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Sours: https://www.amazon.com/LG-Stylo-Unlocked-T-Mobile-Exclusive/product-reviews/B07D3QKRW1?reviewerType=all_reviews

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