October 17 2018
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LG G4 Stylus Review – The Affordable Stylus phone

The LG G4 Stylus is a phone that has addressed a rare aspect in the market – a mid-range stylus phone. Not many companies want to experiment with a Stylus phone and when they do, they actually end up keeping the phone out of a mid-range consumer’s price range. With the G4 Stylus LG has chosen to go on a different road altogether. It retains its name and shape from the LG G4, but not the price. If you happen to have the taste but not the pocket for the G4, then this could be a second choice.

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LG G4 Stylus specs:

  • 5.7 inch display
  • 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
  • 1.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 13 MP primary camera
  • 5 MP front facing camera
  • Android v5.0 Lollipop
  • 3000 mAh battery

Hardware

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The G4 Stylus is bathed in a plastic body made to look like chrome. From afar, it might look like the LG G4, but the difference would be pretty evident, the moment you take the phone in hand. The 720p display is a little dimly lit, but doesn’t feel too bad in extended usage. You do have to set the brightness according to your convenience rather than rely on the auto-brightness option.

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The stylus slot is located atop the phone and when you pull it out, the stylus looks great. It is accompanied by the 3.5mm audio jack. The MicroUSB slot is located at the bottom of the phone along with a microphone.

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The back of the phone accommodates the 13-megapixel rear cam accompanied by the LED flash and laser autofocus. Below it you would see the typical LG power button and volume buttons above and below it. A speaker is located close to the bottom of the back. The sides have been kept clean as usual.

Both the front and back of the LG G4 Stylus look stylish and pleasing to the eyes.

Display

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The G4 Stylus provides you a 720p display, even though many phones priced similarly offer full HD ones. But the one thing LG has on its side is display technology. The display is sufficiently well-lit and offers great colour saturation and viewing angles.

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The display responds well to touch and mostly transitions between the lock screen and home screen are up to speed. Even the capacitive buttons located below the display have a good touch response.

The 5.7-inch display doesn’t feel too big and provides you ample room to do things. It does sometimes acts fuzzy when you read texts.

Software

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The LG G4 Stylus comes with Android 5.0 onboard. The UI has been kept on the same lines as the flagship and some features have been retained from the flagship, such as the Dual Window Mode and Quick Memo.

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You can easily switch between apps and both SIMs.

Camera

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The G4 Stuylus comes with a 13-megapixel rear shooter and a 5-megapixel front shooter.

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The camera app works well and offers you features such as Gesture Shot – which lets you take shots by clenching and unclenching your fist.

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Indoor shots in artificial light

The Indoor shots came out a little fuzzy even though well-focussed thanks to the laser autofocus. The blacks come out well though.

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Outdoor shots in daylight

Outdoor shots, though is where the camera actually shines through. The focus, the colors and the clarity all came out pretty well. Color saturation though could be better.

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Regular shots

Other shots that we took came out good but the light interpretation truly needs some work.

Performance

Under the hood, the G4 Stylus comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC. Its one of the old ones, yet, we would prefer it over a Snapdragon 415 – there is not even a hint of overheating!

The internal storage is 16 GB while the RAM has been kept low at 1 GB. Gaming worked well mostly, but you can’t really push this phone, when it comes to high-end games.

The call quality on the G4 Stylus is mostly good and we did not have any call drop issues. The phone suports 4G on both SIMs.

The Stylus itself is there only as an additional accessory rather than something that defines the phone. You can use it or totally skip using it too, as there are no Stylus specific functions on the phone. Or maybe we have been spoilt by the multi-functional stylus we have seen lately.

The Battery life on the G4 Stylus mostly gives you great output and can last you a day of heavy usage.

Verdict

As a mid-range phone, the LG G4 Stylus gives you some good things to strive for Рa big and responsive display, great battery life, better than average camera and good look and feel.

The G4 Stylus is a good phone, but only if you don’t go by its name – especially the G4 and Stylus part. It mostly responds well and if you aren’t a geek, but are just looking to get through a regular day with calling, skyping and instant messaging, it will last you well.

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