Features That Bring the LG Stylus 2 Handset Out of the G5's Shadow

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-03-15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Features That Bring the LG Stylus 2 Handset Out of the G5's Shadow
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    Features That Bring the LG Stylus 2 Handset Out of the G5's Shadow

    The Stylus 2's innovative features should cause users to take notice. Here is why the device could boost LG's standing in the smartphone market.
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    The Stylus 2 Is a Big-Screen Handset
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    The Stylus 2 Is a Big-Screen Handset

    Like other devices designed with stylus integration, the LG Stylus 2 comes with a big screen. The phone's display measures 5.7 inches diagonally, making it one of the largest screens on the market. However, in order for LG to be able to offer the Stylus 2 at an affordable price, it comes with a somewhat disappointing resolution of 1,280 by 720 pixels.
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    The Stylus Enhances the Software Experience
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    The Stylus Enhances the Software Experience

    The LG pen that comes with the Stylus 2 is central to the device's experience. As soon as a user pulls the stylus out of its holder, the handset displays an enhanced user interface. Users will be able to access a stylus-only "Pen Pop" pop-up menu, along with a Calligraphy Pen font that LG says lets users write "beautifully and decoratively, as if using a fountain pen." The stylus also includes support for annotation and note-taking.
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    There's Decent Processing Power Under the Hood
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    There's Decent Processing Power Under the Hood

    The LG Stylus 2 is a suitable device for those who want some power but don't need groundbreaking performance. The smartphone comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of onboard memory, allowing it to handle most resource-intensive tasks. The handset also comes with WiFi and LTE support, as well as compatibility with Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0.
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    So, What Exactly Is DAB+?
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    So, What Exactly Is DAB+?

    LG on March 14 announced that the Stylus 2 will come with DAB+ support. Short for Digital Audio Broadcasting, the feature is widely believed to be the successor to traditional FM signals. With DAB+, users will be able to reach far more radio channels than traditional FM and get high-quality audio without using data. The LG Stylus 2 is the first smartphone ever to offer DAB+, though if this feature helps the Stylus 2 takes off, it most certainly won't be the last.
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    Removable Battery Is a Nice Option
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    Removable Battery Is a Nice Option

    While top competitors, like Apple and Samsung, continue to offer smartphones with bundled batteries, LG has stubbornly stuck to removable options. In fact, the LG Stylus 2 ships with a removable 3,000mAh battery. That means customers can buy multiple 3,000mAh batteries and, when one is getting low, pop it out and input the fully charged substitute without ever missing a beat.
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    The Cameras Are Solid for Most Users
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    The Cameras Are Solid for Most Users

    The LG Stylus 2 features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, making it slightly bigger than the 12-megapixel shooter in the iPhone 6s Plus. However, the 8-megapixel front-facing camera may prove most appealing to a market that has grown increasingly obsessed with selfies.
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    It Ships With Android Marshmallow
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    It Ships With Android Marshmallow

    To its credit, LG went with the latest Android version in the Stylus 2: Marshmallow. With that, users will get all the standard Marshmallow features, including improved security over its predecessor; access to Google's many services, including Maps and Chrome; and more. LG has put its software twist on the user experience, but that doesn't dramatically alter how users will interact with the platform.
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    Storage Is Disappointing, but Expandable
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    Storage Is Disappointing, but Expandable

    In an unfortunate move, LG has delivered just 16GB of storage in the Stylus 2. In a world where video and photos are constantly taken, that's simply not enough storage. That said, LG has smartly included a microSD slot in the device, allowing users to expand its memory with a separate card. Still, it would've been nice to see more internal storage.
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    There's Mobility, Despite Its Size
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    There's Mobility, Despite Its Size

    The Stylus 2 might come with a big display, but that doesn't mean it's too bulky. The device is a little over 6 inches tall, but it's only 0.3 inches deep. Since it's relatively light at 5.1 ounces, the LG Stylus 2 is a nice companion when users are going mobile and don't want a bulkier handset in their pockets.
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    Pricing, Availability Are Still in the Air
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    Pricing, Availability Are Still in the Air

    The biggest questions surrounding the LG Stylus 2 right now relate to pricing and availability. So far, LG hasn't said exactly when the Stylus 2 will be available. Nor has LG specified prices, although the company promises customers will be impressed by how affordable the device is, suggesting it'll be much cheaper than Samsung's Galaxy Note line. Look for LG to announce full pricing and availability for its Stylus 2 in the next few weeks.
 

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, last month, LG captured some headlines, thanks to its new high-end smartphone, the LG G5. But the smartphone maker also introduced a second model, the LG Stylus 2, that got lost amid all the talk about LG's top-of-the-line handset. The Stylus 2 is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note line and comes with a digital pen that allows users to take notes on the screen or to manipulate application functions. LG also announced on March 14 that the Stylus 2 will be its first model to support DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting). Innovative features aside, LG is having a hard time growing its mobile handset market share. In an evaluation of the 2015 smartphone market, LG was lumped into the "others" category by research firm IDC, placing it well behind market leaders Samsung and Apple. LG says this year will be different, and that the Stylus 2 will help it reverse its fortunes. This slide show covers the Stylus 2's top features and explains why LG thinks the handset could be critical to its sales growth efforts.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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