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Latest LG Mobile Phone – LG Stylus 2 Plus – Much Better Than the Previous Release

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LG is back with a new and better Stylus mobile phone. LG Stylus 2 Plus is the latest LG mobile phone that comes with several better features compared to Stylus 2.

This smartphone is not just for people who like taking notes, it’s also for people who like phablets and bigger, yet handy displays.

How is it compared to the LG Stylus 2 that was announced last February 2016? What are the better features of this smartphone? Let’s take a look at this beauty.

 

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Display: 5.7 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 16MP
Hardware: Snapdragon 430, Octa-core 1.4 GHz, 3 GB RAM
Battery: 3000 mAh
Expected Price: US$ 406

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Display – Sharper and It’s Perfect for a Stylus Pen


The LG Stylus 2 Plus is the better version of the LG Stylus 2. Some people may think “Plus” means bigger because that’s how Apple distinguishes their phablets, but not for brands like LG and Samsung.

The LG Stylus 2 Plus actually has the same exact dimensions and display size of the LG Stylus 2. One of the advantages of the Plus version is it has better display quality.

It comes with a Full HD resolution with 386 pixels per inch which is sharper compared to the HD resolution of Stylus 2. It is even slightly sharper than the iPhone 6s which is at 326 pixels per inch.

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The display of the Stylus 2 Plus is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is twice more durable than normal glass displays.

Both Stylus 2 and the Plus version uses IPS LCD display technology which is the best display technology in any of LG’s smartphones.

The 5.7-inch display size is perfect for using a stylus pen. It’s wide for writing notes and even for drawing colorful images or whatever fun thing to do with a pen. You can even use Calligraphy Pen Mode which is pretty cool.

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Another cool thing that I like is that the phone will alert you with a pop-up message if your stylus pen wanders too far away from your phone. And this helps a lot to prevent losing the stylus which is a common thing for a pen. I can attest to that because I lost a lot of my actual pens all the time.

 

Design – Slim and Better, I Prefer It Than Stylus 2


When it comes to the design, I like the Stylus 2 Plus more compared to Stylus 2. The design aspect that captured me the most is the textured design of the rear for the Titan version.

I usually like phones with either a textured or a glossy rear. The Stylus 2 has a slight texture at the rear, but it is not as beautiful as the Plus version.

Another thing that I like in the Plus version are the two slim silver lines at the edge. I rarely see this design. It’s the small and tiny details that make small devices like smartphones more beautiful.

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The Stylus 2 on the other hand, has a silver side frame which is quite common for smartphones.

Again, the dimensions are the same for both phones. They are both 7.4 mm thin, which is a super thin profile compared to other smartphones. It’s almost as thin as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for your reference.

For a smartphone with a pen, the stylus pen should have good quality, because that’s the reason why it is made. The stylus pen of this smartphone has a super thin tip which is even thinner than the stylus pen of the G4 Stylus.

For a 5.7-inch smartphone, it is only 146 g which is pretty light for that size.

Stylus 2 Plus

You know when you try to use a 5.7-inch smartphone, the struggle is typing with only one hand. It is possible to do that easier because the keyboard may lean on the side that is closer to your thumb, either as a built-in functionality or through a keyboard app.

But another important aspect to consider is the physical design and the Plus version’s design helps a lot in giving you a good grip. Aside from the textured rear that adds more hold, it has slim and rounded edges that add comfort.

So you can choose from Titan, Gold, and Brown colors for the Plus version. The Stylus 2 currently does not have the Gold color, but it has a White color variant.

 

Performace – Fast, Decent, and More Plus!


The processor of the Stylus 2 Plus is Snapdragon 430 which is a newer and faster chipset compared to the Snapdragon 410 in Stylus 2.

It has a CPU with an Octa-core 1.2 to 1.4 GHz and a better graphics processor.

The CPU and graphics processor are not the fastest around, but it’s fast enough for your apps and games. It has 2 GB (K530 version) or 3GB RAM (K535 version) depending on the version. I prefer the 3 GB RAM because the 2 GB size is already small for smartphones these days.

You will need better RAM for smoother multitasking. Since the Plus version has a 5.7″ Full HD resolution, why not take advantage of using it for heavy games and you will need a better RAM for that.

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The internal storage can either be 16 GB or 32 GB, but you can expand the storage using a microSD card up to 256 GB. Right now, the largest microSD card is 200 GB and it’s really perfect when you like to watch movies because their file sizes are pretty huge.

The OS is Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) which is the latest OS version. You will like this OS more compared to the previous one. There is not much of a difference in the user interface, but it has more useful functionalities and better security.

And there are some new apps and games that require the latest OS version, so it is nice to have this one.

 

Camera – High-Resolution with Full HD video Recording


The rear camera resolution is either 13 MP or 16 MP depending on the version, so always check the version if you also like this smartphone. It’s the K535 version which has the better RAM and rear camera resolution.

The camera resolution is actually sharp. It’s the average sharpness of the most expensive smartphones of LG and other brands. But don’t get too excited, the resolution is not the only feature that determines the image quality.

Stylus 2 Plus

LG did not disclose any OIS feature which reduces blurs when the subject of the image is in motion. They did not mention the pixel size for better lighting in a low-light environment. When brands don’t mention these features, it’s either not present or not too outstanding to mention.

But hey, you can record Full HD videos at 30 frames per second! The frames per second is already good, that’s the usual frames per second for televisions. I like this feature because I like to take clear videos of important events and share it with other people.

The front camera resolution can either be 5 MP or 8 MP. What I like about the front camera is it has its own LED flash! Most smartphones don’t have flashes for selfies.

 

Battery Life and Other Cool Features


7The battery capacity is 3000 mAh. It can last up to 7.5 hours of 3G talk time and that’s lower than the average hours for 3G talk time.

But the bright side is, it’s removable!

The advantage of a removable battery is that you can carry another battery and you can replace it anytime.

Over time, the battery life degrades and it’s difficult to replace for smartphones with non-removable batteries.

The standby time, by the way, is up to 13 days.

The LTE bands are 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) so make sure to check if any of these bands match your location and network if you want to use LTE.

The speed of the LTE is Cat4 150/50 Mbps.

Amazingly, it has a fingerprint sensor which you can’t find in the Stylus 2. More security and privacy, I like that.

It has FM radio if you like to listen to music without data and this saves battery life.

It also has the basic features such as GPS (with A-GPS and GLONASS) for finding a location, Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth for your wireless headsets and accessories.

 

Seriously, I Really Like This Smartphone…


The LG Stylus 2 Plus is a 5.7-inch smartphone with a built-in stylus pen. The pen has an improved design and has many uses. This smartphone has several better features compared to the Stylus 2, but they have basically the same size.

I like the Full HD resolution, the beautiful texture, and the pretty subtle designs. It has a good processing power and a very sharp camera. It’s quite awesome actually if you are used to upper mid-range smartphones!

 

 

What do you think of this new smartphone from LG? I would love to hear from you.

Just leave your comment in the comments section below. 😃

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