Launched in the May of 2017, the LG Stylo 3 Plus was a favorably recent device launched by LG. The company occasionally releases a phone now and then, they may not be perfect but they do get the job done. Most of LG’s concentration goes on to making home appliances. The main attraction of LG is their G flagship series that competes with the other smartphone giants in the segment. The mid-range and the entry level aren’t the company’s strong point. But the Stylo 3 Plus can be considered as an exception.
The device is the sequel to the previously existing Stylus 2 Plus. Some users complain that the 3 Plus is a downgrade, but only in terms of RAM, all the other features are either balanced or a bit upgraded. LG may have introduced a new phone but they have done little to no upgrades to the device.
In terms of display the LG Stylo 3 Plus rocks a 5.7-inch full HD IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. The standard specs in any mid-range device. The screen to body ratio is 72%, which is also average. The LG is a neat device but it lacks in almost every way possible.
The Pixel density is 386 ppi, which if you ask me is very low when compared to others that offer pixel densities in the 400s.
In terms of design, it has a polycarbonate body accompanied by a brushed metal design. The Home button is situated at the back instead of the sides and a stylus is docked on the right edge. The phone itself may not too heavy, but is quite a big one and sometimes it becomes a bit hectic handling the device, especially because of the bezels. The fingerprint sensor is also located at the back panel, where the home button doubles as the sensor.
The device is a bit of a downgrade the Stylus 2 is taken into consideration. It is disheartening to find that the Stylo 3 Plus is powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 435 64 bit processor, clocked at 1.4 GHz. The snapdragon 435 is generally meant for entry level devices, while LG Stylo 3 Plus is priced in the mid-budget range. For this device to have such a cheap processor it at all reassuring. The graphics processor is Adreno 505 which is comparatively favorable. The device comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space, and the external being upgradable up to 256 GB.
On a normal day the device may seem to perform pretty nicely but Snapdragon 432 in a rather ‘costly’ device isn’t value for money. The fingerprint sensor has been reported to stutter while it’s scanning for prints. This implies that the device is having a hard time processing all that data with an inferior processor and the only 2GB of RAM.
The bright side is that the Stylo 3 Plus comes loaded with Android Nougat 7.0, which ensures that the software is at least up to date.
The Stylus 3 Plus comes loaded with a 13 Megapixel rear shooter and 5 megapixel front shooter. The camera is average and although it doesn’t have Optical Image Stabilization, outdoor photography is bright and vivid; the only problem being the time it takes to focus onto the subject. Indoor photography is often muddy and not that vivid. The lack of OIS results in photos that lack the details and often turn out blurry.
Video recording is done at 1080p@30fps which is average since it takes a lot of time to focus and low light problems are there as well. The front camera is also just above average, delivering a just the right amount of flexibility in terms of video calling and selfies. Although it tends to soften the edges to some extent.
The Stylus 3 Plus is powered by a 3080 mAh Li-Ion battery which is enough to keep the phone running throughout the day. The battery is removable, which isn’t something you don’t see in devices in these range.