The latest entry in LG’s budget Stylo line continues the company’s streak of unassuming but serviceable entry-level smartphones. As one of the only handsets to include a stylus outside of the Samsung Galaxy Note series, the Stylo 6 brings a particular niche to the budget realm in a reasonably attractive package.
Low-powered specs keep the performance just okay and the camera is also average, but the large display, strong battery life, and overall well-rounded feature set help it stand out. While it’s far from a revolutionary device even within its class, it’s good enough to consider for those seeking a basic smartphone at a lower price point.
The Stylo 6 is strikingly large for a budget device, with the display stretching to a massive 6.8 inches. The phone’s glass body and metallic frame lend it a nice heft, and it feels solid and well-built. Coupled with the nondescript but polished design language, the Stylo 6 actually feels like a flagship in the hand.
Along the sides, the phone has a lone power key on the right and a volume rocker, Google Assistant key, and SIM tray along the left, the latter of which also includes a microSD slot for expandable memory. You’ll also find a single speaker, USB-C port, headphone jack, and the built-in stylus across the bottom.
The smooth back is left blank except for the triple-lens camera module and capacitive fingerprint reader, which is reasonably fast and accurate, though misreadings aren’t absolutely rare . All-in-all, the phone has a lot of the design features that are standard for this price range, which is another way of saying it has most of the features we took for granted before they went out of style.
The Stylo 6’s IPS display is expansive and adequately sharp at Full HD, 1080p resolution and 395 pixels-per-inch. The colors look slightly cold by default, but contrast and saturation levels aren’t bad, making the overall experience satisfactory under most conditions.
Unfortunately, the display is quite average in some other respects. The brightness gets barely high enough for daylight visibility, and viewing angles aren’t top-notch either. Still, the display looks good enough, and the good balance between its large size and slim 20.5:9 aspect ratio make it comfortable to hold and view overall.
The phone’s standout feature is its namesake stylus, and it’s done fairly well. The stylus itself is slim with a microfiber tip, and it’s comfortable to hold and use for casual swiping as well as for sketching or writing. Palm rejection keeps the experience mostly accident-free, which makes the stylus far more pleasant to use.
Overall, the software integration is also well done. A memo pad is accessible anytime for quick notes, which save to the default QuickMemo+ app, and, like previous iterations, taking out the stylus prompts a floating menu button, which holds simple but useful tools like a screenshot editor or GIF-maker. You can also customize this menu to launch any app at your fingertips (or stylus-tip).
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