LG Stylus 2 review
Stylus for the mid-range
The LG Stylus 2 fills a very important gap that has existed for some time in the market. With the Samsung Galaxy Note covering the high-end, the LG Stylus 2 slots into the mid-range market and brings the stylus pen to those who want a cheaper monthly line rental.
Display - An ample work space
The LG Stylus 2 has a very large 5.7” display, which is perfect for a smartphone that uses a stylus and slightly bigger than the modular LG G5. The HD display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and with the Adreno 304 GPU built in, playing games like Angry Birds or streaming media, should be no problem.
Design - Sleek and light
The sleek design sees a waistline that is only 7.4mm thick and although the Stylus 2 is large, it weighs on 145g. The overall look, is just as nice as other LG phones but is stands out as something different, due to the stylus slot on the back.
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Inside, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor with 2GB RAM and an internal memory of 16GB, which can be boosted through the microSD card slot.
Phone Set Up
OS - Android Marshmallow
The Android Marshmallow operating system has been refined a little by LG, with its UI 5.0 user interface, adding features and altering the look. Running on Google’s OS, there are plenty of useful apps, including Google Maps for use with the phone’s GPS and the Chrome browser for internet access over either 4G or Wi-Fi.
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If you use Chrome on a PC, laptop or another smartphone, then you will automatically have access to your bookmarks, passwords and typed URLs, making set up a breeze.
Security - Knock ON and Privacy Keeper
Knock ON gives security a twist with tapping patterns unlocking the phone, of which, there are millions of combinations, securing the phone from unauthorised access. If desired, Privacy Keeper can be turned on, and this can be set to show no details of incoming callers or just their telephone number.
Stylus - Memo, creativity and more
The LG Stylus 2, is of course, all about the stylus. The stylus pen is very precise and this improvement has been made possible by using a fiber tip, which is thinner than a rubber tip.
A number of useful stylus features and apps have been created by LG, the first of which is Screen-Off Memo. As its name suggests, this lets users quickly begin writing memos, without having to wake up the screen.
When the phone is unlocked, Pen Pop makes it very easy to get productive. When the stylus is popped out its holder, a pop up message appears on the screen, with links to all of the stylus apps.
Pop Memo lets the user add notes or captions to any screen, while Pop Scanner takes a picture, with the user able to trace an object in the image and bring it front and centre, right side up.
For those who want to spruce up their penmanship, Calligraphy Pen Mode transforms handwriting, while the document viewer enables the owner to work with Word and Excel files.
To ensure that the stylus is never lost, the LG Stylus 2 monitors the proximity of the stylus and Pen Keeper gives a pop up warning, if the two become separated.
Beyond the Stylus - Music player
The preset equaliser, for Headset Mode, tailors the sound to the user’s preference with Off, Bass Booster, Vocal Booster, Bass Reducer, Treble Reducer and Custom modes.
Camera & Video
Photography - Impressive definition, front and back
The LG Stylus 2 has a high definition 13MP main camera, with a 4x zoom and a high definition 8MP selfie camera. There are plenty of camera settings and shooting modes and these includes Gesture Shot for activating the shutter when taking a selfie.
We all take different lengths of time to posture that perfect pout, and the Stylus 2 helps out here, with a choice of 3, 5 and 10 second countdown timers.
Power - Swap it out
The 3000mAh battery is one of the larger on the market, which is a good thing when the large screen size of the LG Stylus 2 is considered. The battery is also removable, so those wish to purchase a second battery will be able to swap it out.
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Final Thoughts: The LG Stylus 2 doesn’t have the premium qualities of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but it is massively cheaper, making it an ideal choice for those who don’t have an unlimited budget.
Written by: Michael Brown