LG has been one of the underrated brands on the smartphone and tablet market. Believe it or not, the company makes great devices. We are very much in love with the LG G6 and its is by far our favorite after OnePlus 5.
We guess many of you are aware, LG also offers smartphones on mid range and entry level price points, the territory currently ruled by OPPO and Vivo. The company has something different to offer at this price range like the LG Stylus 3. If you like be a bit of adventure, just read on. Here’s our review.
LG Stylus 3 specs:
- 1.5GHz octa core Mediatek MT6750 processor
- Mali T860MP2 graphics
- 3GB RAM
- 16GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
- 5.7-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash (f/2.2 aperture)
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual Standby, Dual SIM
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
- GPS, A-GPS GLONASS
- 3,200 mAh battery
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- Price: P12,990
- Status: Available at LG store and retailers
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HARDWARE AND DESIGN
We do admit that that the LG Stylus 3 is a bit boring and we’ve seen this design language about two years ago. It can’t match the Vivo V5 Lite or the OPPO A57 when it comes to looks department but that plastic build has its advantages.
The plastic back gives way for a removable battery and the dual SIM card slots plus the microSD card slot. This is very rare nowadays and we know people who looking for a phone with removable back.
At the top left corner at the back is where you can find the stylus. Pull it out and you can use it for writing and drawing just like what you can do with the Galaxy Note 7 (rest in peace).
The 5.7-inch display is perfect for media consumption and playing games. LG’s displays are not known for being the best in outdoor use and it shows on the LG Stylus 3. The display struggles a bit under direct sunlight.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
LG used the same processor found on many OPPO and Vivo smartphones – Mediatek MT6750 chipset. It comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal memory configurations. Performance has been very stable since the chipset can really hold up to stressful tasks. It may be an issue to some with the limited 16GB of internal storage but you can always plug in a microSD card for expandable storage.
Gaming is generally smooth but graphic intense games may push the RAM and chipset to its limit. Make sure you always close your games after playing to it wont run on the background.
There’s nothing mind blowing about the cameras but it ain’t slouch. It takes really good photos in good light. We could only wish for higher aperture for low light shots. Other than that we don’t have any complains with the camera.
Fingerprint Scanner, WiFi, Bluetooth and 4G/LTE comes standard with the LG Stylus 3. Calls are clear with no issues and we did not have any problems with signal quality and reception. 4G/LTE internet speeds are within normal range and LTE reception is stable with no reported signal drops.
The 3,200 mAh battery is more than enough to power your needs throughout the day. On heavy use, we managed to get 10 hours which we consider very decent. You can stretch it more depending on your usage.
The LG Stylus 3 may not be the prettiest smartphone around at this price point but the removable back and battery, the stylus and longer than usual battery life compensates for the lack of character. If you can forgive the looks and focus on the specs and its performance, then the LG Stylus 3 is worth your look.