The flagship G5 may have dominated the news cycles during MWC 2016, but LG brought quite a few other smartphones to showcase at the trade show as well, in an attempt to bolster their mid-range and entry-level device portfolios. One such device was the latest addition to LG’s series of mid-range stylus-toting smartphones, and we go to spend some time with it. Here’s our hands-on and first impressions with the LG Stylus 2!

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Taking a quick look at the specifications, the LG Stylus 2 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB RAM. 16GB is the only option for on-board storage that is available, but you do get expandable storage via microSD card to help alleviate any memory concerns. The device featues a 5.7-inch display with a 720p resolution, which provides pretty decent colors. A 13MP primary camera and 8MP front-facing unit is available, and keeping everything chugging along is a 3,000mAh battery.

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On the design front, the LG Stylus 2 retains the general design language of its predecessor, albeit with curves that aren’t as accentuated this time around. The design is in fact quite reminiscent of the LG G Pro series, and the unique button layout on the rear returns here. This is particularly nice to see given how that is no longer found with LG’s current flagship. The device does feel really nice in the hand with its textured back plate, and with its large overall footprint, the phone is quite substantial. However, with a 5.7-inch display, the 720p resolution is a touch disappointing.

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Of course, the main aspect of this device has to do with the stylus experience. While previous generations of the device haven’t really offered a whole lot when it comes to utilizing the stylus on the software side, things are different this time. A nice feature that is available, and something you may find familiar from other devices, is called Pen Pop. This is a shortcut menu that opens when the stylus is removed from its slot, and you have the option to add a few user-defined app shortcuts as well. There is also Pen Keeper, which notifies you if you are walking away from your stylus by detecting motion when the stylus isn’t in place.

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Apart from the added stylus capabilities, the LG Stylus 2 also comes with a new software package on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which, like its flagship sibling, does not come with an app drawer. The general aesthetics and feature set of the software experience has been toned down significantly as well.

So there you have it for this quick look at the LG Stylus 2! This device certainly offers a lot more in terms of stylus capabilities than its predecessors, and if you’re looking for an affordable device with a stylus experience, this remains your best bet.

  • Stewart Wallace

    is the stylus included in the g5, and if not, why not ?

    • Matthew Merrick

      There is no stylus in the G5. The G line has never had them.

      • staylow

        Except for the G4 stylus right?

        • Matthew Merrick

          The g4 stylus is part of the flagship g line much in the way the amazingly bad Galaxy S Mini line is a member of the flagship galaxy S lineup – it bears no resemblance or relationship except branding, and sometimes a little body styling. That’s it. It’s honestly a really bad idea for manufacturers because people will but the cheaper ones and not know they’re any different, and then write the good devices off because of the crappy ones.

  • Steven Fox

    Should have packed at least SD615, very disappointed, at that price you have to offer at least that.

    • balcobomber25

      What is the price?

      • Steven Fox

        Stylus series are always costly, this should end up over 200$ easy, and over 200 Euros in Europe, which is allot more than it`s worth.

        • balcobomber25

          Yea it’s worth about a $100 with those specs.

          • Steven Fox

            I wouldn’t go that far down, but it most definitely has to cost no more than 160$ to be competitive, and that won’t happen.

  • ikaros02

    This is the third Stylus device actually. And I have official LG Marshmallow on my LG G4 Stylus and it has app drawer. I may upgrade to this if it will be good priced in Finland.

  • Daggett Beaver

    So, LG’s competition for the Samsung Note is the LG NOT.

  • Me

    If this phone had batter specs, I would buy it. Dumb LG.

    • Daggett Beaver

      LG has the strangest market strategy. Their high-end model is a camera with a phone included. Their competition against the high-end Samsung phone is a low-to-mid-range crap phone.

      • Me

        Exactly. I don’t get it.

      • balcobomber25

        Samsung and LG both struggle with anything below flagships. LG’s attempts have subpar specs, Samsung’s attempts are vastly overpriced.

        • staylow

          That’s an excellent way to put it, like Samsung’s A series line.

          • balcobomber25

            Yup the $300+ A8 with specs that are about the same as a $150 Honor 5X.

  • balcobomber25

    Terrible design (as usual for LG), terrible specs and can only imagine how much this will cost. If it’s anything above $100 it is a waste of money.

  • KeyserSoze

    Specs too low. Go sell it to third-world Indians, not first-world cowboys. Flame me, I’m immune! :D

  • Gum Bubblr

    Funny. I was browsing androauthority 2 days ago for a review about that G4 stylus. Cause I bought it. My samsung broke down. Ok i might have thrown it against the wall. So i needed ugent replacement while waiting for nexus 6P.
    First night I noticed some hiccups. Thats when i realized that garbage had only 1.5gb ram.
    Then i thought eh. I could use this a few weeks until the nexus arrives. Second night, i keep loading the usual social apps.then Google apps. Shazam etc. No games. It was around the 12th app i filled up the storage. 8gb but with android and bloat app from lg ure left with 3gb available.
    Still i thought meh. All i need is check email and chat. And listen to souncloud music.
    But on 3rhd day, sipping my coffee. I had only 2 apps running: chrome with 2 tabs. And soundcloud. I couldnt believe it. That garbage phone couldnt run soundcloud once i open chrome back. After 10 seconds of switching to google search, music would stop. I tried 5 times. Then thats when i brought the phone back and changed it for an Asus zenfone selfie that had same price. Im quite happy with it.

    • Tom

      Ok, so, you want us to believe this?

      • Gum Bubblr

        Dont. Be my guest and buy it. See if i care.