The LG Stylo 6 is an affordable but flawed device with a stylus

The LG Stylo 6 is a sub-$300 phone with a built-in stylus, which belongs to the monopoly. The $299 Motorola Moto G Stylus is almost the only direct competitor. At $270, the Stylo 6 offers excellent battery performance. Large and bright screen; It is a convenient pen derivative function provided by Stylus Life. But it was as fun as scribbled on a generously sized screen, but it’s too slow to recommend.

It’s a shame because I really enjoyed the aspect of using this phone. Even on days of heavy use, the battery didn’t seem to be draining less than 30%, and I experienced the real pleasure of texting my spouse with an animated graffiti of a fart ass accurately. The photos look great on a vivid, wide 6.8-inch screen, and I was in a good mood to discover while looking back. Chernobyl (Don’t worry, talk to the therapist about this) There are stereo speakers.

Unfortunately, whenever my phone used an extra bit to switch between apps, open Twitter, load my Instagram feed, or start Google Maps navigation, that fun was obscured. It’s not too slow to use, but it’s pretty slow. If you have the patience of a small insect like me, there is a fine line between the two.

Stylo has a large 6.8-inch screen.

LG Stylo 6 screen and performance

The Stylo 6 is a big phone, as you would expect a phone with a stylus. It offers a standard 60Hz refresh rate and a 6.8-inch 1080p LCD with a decent bezel. It is similar to the larger phone, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, except that it is slightly larger in size. The screen itself is bright enough and vivid, and the aforementioned stereo speakers make your video viewing nicer.

Overall, I found that the phone was too big to be comfortable with one hand, and I felt awkward even in a large coat pocket. But if you’re considering a Stylo, you probably already know you want a big phone.

The Stylo 6 comes with the Mediatek Helio P35 chipset and 3GB of RAM. Here’s the problem with the Stylo 6, this processor and RAM combination doesn’t provide enough power for this phone. On Twitter and Instagram, I often stuttered when scrolling through media-rich screens. The same goes for the slow opening and switching between apps mentioned earlier, and the camera also slows down processing.

I sometimes tapped the screen and then wondered if the phone recognized the tab or everything I was trying to do before opening the app. Conversely, I tapped the screen too lightly or quickly and waited another second before realizing that it wasn’t registered. It’s because I’ve gotten used to giving my phone a little extra time to do everything. This is all more forgiving on a $200 phone (although still disappointing), but depending on where you get the Stylo 6 it will get you closer to $300 and actually get better.

The brightest thing about the phone’s handling problem is its long battery life. It may be a side effect. The Stylo 6 has a 4,000mAh battery, and after a typical day with more than two hours of screen-on, it’s usually reduced to 70%. I was convinced that the days I use Google Maps Navigation, Spotify and more social media scrolling more than usual would be natural, but not. It didn’t discharge enough to get a low battery warning before plugging it in at night.

There is only one configuration that comes with 64GB of internal storage, which is not good, but it can be expanded via microSD. It comes with Android 10 and, unfortunately, a lot of preloaded apps and games that users don’t want. LG isn’t known for a generous upgrade schedule, so it’s unlikely you’ll see an Android 11 update on Stylo 6.

Just pop the stylus out and you’ll see a few shortcuts.

LG Stylo 6 stylus features

Of course the stylus function draws great (sorry) here. The stylus fits in the lower right corner of the device and is spring loaded, and when removed, the set of shortcuts is activated. You can take quick notes, capture screenshots or GIFs of what’s on the screen and mark them as notes, or draw immature in text to your partner.

You can do useful and productive work with a stylus, but you can also do this.

Despite the fact that Samsung’s Galaxy Note is a de facto stylus phone, LG has been making phones with stylus for a long time, and it’s displayed with a bit of UI touch, like automatically toggling gesture navigation when starting the note to avoid accidentally swiping. . You won’t find advanced features here, such as the handwriting-to-text conversion offered by the (much more expensive) Galaxy Note series, or the ability to use the stylus as a remote control. But it basically does all the expected work and these functions work just fine.

I was amazed at how much I enjoyed being able to use the stylus. It’s much easier to draw or write silly notes on an image with a pen than with your finger. It’s basically giving up because it always looks terrible.

I also really appreciate the ability to take quick notes without turning on the screen. It always feels like you have to unlock your phone, find the notes app, open a new note and quickly type in something like an email address or song title. Of course, nothing is unique compared to the Galaxy Note, but the Stylo 6 has a truly useful set of features that aren’t common, especially at this price point.

The Stylo 6 has standard wide and ultra wide rear cameras and a depth sensor.

LG Stylo 6 Camera

The Stylo includes a 13 megapixel main camera, a 5 megapixel ultra wide angle, a 5 megapixel depth sensor, and a 13 megapixel selfie camera. It doesn’t have a lot of resolution to work with, but it’s enough to allow Stylo to shoot decent quality images in good lighting.

The white balance sometimes leans too magenta or too green, which sometimes gave me the effect I like. It was like a nostalgic movie. In other cases, the image looked so nice and faded. I love the way Stylo handles high contrast scenes. The HDR effect doesn’t look too strong. The preview image looks overly dark, but the HDR icon on the screen indicates that the final image will look much more balanced.

Images in low light or moderate indoor lighting look fine on social media, but if you look closely, you’ll see a lot of smearing. Ultra wide-angle lenses are somewhat limited by low-resolution sensors. Even in bright daylight shots, details look smooth and are not low-light photography.

The camera is also a victim of the phone’s low-power processor, especially in portrait mode. The live preview is quite slow, making it worse if you press the shutter and wait for the phone to process the image. This can take up to 6 seconds and you can’t take another image in the meantime.

It is difficult to know if the subject is framed correctly, and because you can’t “spray and pray”, it is a disappointing experience to shoot a subject that moves even a little. The camera also keeps the shutter speed relatively low, which can be a problem if the subject is blurry. Luckily, I got a portrait mod photo of a cat mid-yawn, but I’ll never believe I can do that again.

I took a few images with my favorite Stylo, but it seemed more of a camera than it was because of the camera. The images this phone captures look good on Instagram and Facebook, but overall, Stylo’s camera capabilities lag behind most other devices at this price.

Stylo 6 offers a lot of stylus-based features you’ll love, but it’s too slow to ultimately recommend.

The Stylo 6 has several advantages: low price, built-in stylus, large screen, and great battery life. However, it is not a device that can be easily recommended given the downside-the processor with insufficient power.

There are even more options at a price of around $270. The $300 OnePlus Nord N10 5G offers a better camera and processor. The 2021 Motorola Moto G Power includes a large battery and better processor performance for $200. Of course, it doesn’t come with a stylus, but I don’t think the Stylo 6 is the best choice for an inexpensive phone with a stylus. With a little more, the 2021 Moto G stylus offers better and upgraded performance. camera.

If speed isn’t important, a stylus is a necessity, and if the price is reasonable, I think you can live a reasonably happy life with this phone. The patience is so thin that a more enlightened person can coexist peacefully. The rest of us will do our best to look elsewhere.

Photo of Allison Johnson / The Verge


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