With so many different devices on the market, LG has managed to maintain its phablet Stylus range into its second iteration. The device is huge, sleek, and quite affordable compared to others on the market today. The LG Stylus 2 is almost half the price of any other phablets on the market such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and a quarter the price of the iPhone 6 S Plus.  The competition isn’t really tough for LG Stylus 2 as it’s in a league of its own with not many devices featuring a dedicated stylus, other than the Galaxy Note.

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With all the competition aside, the LG Stylus 2 has entry-level hardware inside it, with a 1280×720 display, and a 12.GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. But even with this low-end tech, the device shines when comparing the cost and power on various levels.

LG Stylus 2 Tech-Specs

Display 5.7-inches (1280×720)
Battery 300mAh
Storage 16GB
Waterproof No
CPU Quad-Core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410
Memory 2GB
OS Android
WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n
Dual Sim No
Camera 13MP Rear, 8MP Front
Network LTE
Dimensions 145g (155 x 79.6 x 7.4mm)
Price R3999

LG Stylus 2

What’s in the Box?

In the box you will find:

  • LG Stylus 2
  • Stylus
  • 3000 MAh Battery
  • Charger
  • USB Charing cable
  • Earphones

Design

The LG Stylus 2 feels great in our hands. It is thin and just the perfect weight to feel like a heavy phone. The device is only 7.4mm thick which adds to the sleek design. The LG Stylus 2 has the volume and unlock buttons on the back, which takes some getting used to.

The back of the device has a textured material to it that adds the right amount of grip when holding the device. The speaker is placed on the back bottom right hand corner, which can become blocked by your hands when holding the device.

LG Stylus 2

The LG Stylus 2 might have a 1280×720 display but it packs it at 258ppi, making the display crisp and sharp. The screen looks great, with vibrant colours and the perfect brightness levels.

The LG Stylus 2 would not be a phablet without a stylus and its 107mm pen is great. The stylus has a soft tip and it’s light and easy to use. The stylus is removed pretty easily out of the back of the device and slides in with ease. It is locked in place without it feeling like it is about to fall out.

Performance

Without beating around the bush, the LG Stylus 2 is not the fastest device on the market, and at times its 1.2GHz processor does feel like it needs a bit more power. Daily tasks are easily controlled. Slowdowns on the OS happen during multitasking. Web browsing was the biggest issue here as its 2GB of RAM feels inadequate for the experience.

Pulling out the stylus automatically launched the LG Pen, which gives you quick access to memos, captures, scanners and more. You can easily take notes and scribble down a anything your heart desires.  You can easily edit photos and scanned images you took using the camera. It is all very easy and handy, and beats going into a memo app or trying to hunt down your memos to find what you are looking for.

LG Stylus 2

When really putting the Stylus 2 to the test on gaming, we played Hearthstone without any real issues, only a few drops in frame rate here and there. Other than that, gaming was pretty smooth. If you are looking at the storage space, luckily the device has an external option as the default 16GB only leaves you with around 10GB in theory. You will want to upgrade this with a card as soon as possible.

In terms of the device’s battery, we were pleasantly surprised that it lasted as long as it did. This is probably due to the device’s lower resolution display, which keeps things on an energy-efficient level. We got almost two days of gradual use like checking social media and taking a few photos. When watching Netflix, it could last a good 10 hours with no stopping.

LG Stylus 2

The LG Stylus 2 camera is great, considering the cost of the device. Its 13MP back camera has some good modes on it, and decent shooting modes too. The HDR mode on the camera improves lightning and colour on the photos, so much so that you would only want to shoot with it on. Low-light, like all camera phones, was not anything to note.

Verdict

Overall the LG Stylus 2 is a great budget phablet. Its hardware is perfect for someone who wants a large phone on a budget. LG has created the perfect in-between device for those who do not want to spend thousands on a phone, but want a large screen to do everything they need to do on.

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