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 LG G3 Stylus Review - All Colours

Looked at in some ways the LG G3 Stylus is an odd device. The inclusion of a stylus inevitably brings up Galaxy Note comparisons yet it doesn’t have the specs to back them up and similarly the G3 in the name links it to the LG G3 yet that’s a flagship and this is a mid-range phone.

But slightly confusing name aside the G3 Stylus is a compelling device in its own right, with a bunch of premium features, a stylish design and a big screen. So is it a great mid-range phablet or does it have hidden flaws? Read on to find out.

Screen

The LG G3 Stylus’s screen is at once a highlight and a disappointment. On the one hand it’s a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, so it’s big, especially for an affordable handset and being IPS LCD it should also be of reasonable quality, with good viewing angles and lively colours.

LG G3 Stylus Review - Display

However it only has a 540 x 960 resolution, which in turn means that it only has a pixel density of 200 pixels per inch, which is definitely on the low side. It’s far from unusably low but it will mean that everything from navigating the home screens to browsing the web, to using apps, games and watching videos won’t look anywhere near as good as it could.

Design

The design of the LG G3 Stylus is a far more positive point. In fact it’s basically just a larger LG G3 in terms of appearance, complete with the same metallic skin as the LG G3. So it looks good and while it doesn’t use real metal the effect is convincing.

With the LG G3 it was slightly disappointing that it was just a metal effect, no matter how convincing, as that’s a flagship, but on a mid-range phone where simple plastic is expected it’s actually a standout feature.

The bezels are fairly small too and while it’s not thin at 10.2mm the tapered edges should make it comfortable to hold.

LG G3 Stylus - Hands On

Power

The LG G3 Stylus has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. LG hasn’t yet revealed what processor it’s using, but we’d imagine probably a Snapdragon 400 or something similarly mid-range.

Whatever the case it should be plenty enough to give the phone slick performance as most quad-core Android handsets are reasonably powerful. On the other hand don’t mistake this for a high end phone. While it should be able to handle most basic tasks with ease it may struggle with HD games and the like.

There’s also no 4G on-board which is a bit of a shame, especially given that 4G support is being added to even quite low end phones now.

Camera

The LG G3 Stylus has a 13 megapixel camera, which is a whole lot of megapixels for a mid-range phone. It even has some handy camera features, such as ‘Touch & Shoot’, which allows you to tap anywhere on the screen to take a picture, thereby simplifying the act of snapping photos, and ‘Gesture Shot’ which allows you to use a hand gesture in front of the lens to start a countdown timer for selfies, so you don’t need to even touch the phone to take them.

There’s also a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, which is less impressive but still a reasonable spec for a mid-range phone, and this has a camera light to help you take higher quality photos.

Features

The main feature of the LG G3 Stylus is of course its stylus. This works much the same as the Galaxy Note’s S Pen in that it allows you to take notes, doodle and sketch with a level of precision that wouldn’t be possible with just a finger and the 5.5-inch screen is large enough to fully take advantage of it.

There are also a number of innovative software features, such as Smart Keyboard, which aims to reduce typing errors by up to 75%, Knock Code, which allows users to wake up and unlock their device with a customised series of taps, Dual Window, which takes advantage of all that screen space to run two apps or windows side by side and QuickMemo+, which allows you to quickly capture and share notes.

Battery life, memory and connectivity

The LG G3 Stylus has a 3000 mAh battery. LG hasn’t declared how long lasting it is but it’s on the large size so even with the big screen that it needs to drive we’d expect to get fairly solid life out of the LG G3 Stylus.

For memory there’s only 8GB built in but LG has at least included a microSD card slot, though it hasn’t said what size cards it supports.

Connectivity options are limited to Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth 4.0, as there’s no 4G or NFC.

Early verdict

The LG G3 Stylus is an impressive mid-range phablet. Or it will be if it’s priced right. LG hasn’t said what it will sell for, but has announced that it will be available at an ‘exceptional price’ so we’re optimistic that it will be a bargain.

With a quad-core processor, a big screen, a stylus, a large battery, lots of software features and a good camera it really is better equipped than we’d expect an affordable phone to be in a lot of ways. The screen is rather lower resolution than we’d like and there’s no 4G, but if those aren’t deal breakers then this really could be an affordable alternative to a Samsung Galaxy Note.

Specifications

Specifications

Dimensions : 149.3 x 75.9 x 10.2mm

Weight: 163 grams

Screen size: 5.5” IPS LCD (540 x 960)

Screen Resolution: 540 x 960 display resolution

Pixels Per Inch (PPI) : 200

Processor: 1.3GHz Quad core application processor

RAM: 1 GB

On-board Memory: 8GB (microSD card support)

Camera: 13MP (rear) (1.3 megapixel front-facing)

Operating system: Android 4.4.2

Ultrafast / 3G / 4G LTE: Yes/ Yes/ No

Bluetooth / NFC : Yes/ No

Battery capacity: 3000mAh

Colours: Black, White, Gold

Launch Date: September

Price: TBC

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