Motorola Moto G Stylus

Motorola Moto G Stylus
76

Engadget Review

The $300 Moto G Stylus is a capable smartphone with a stylus that makes it easy to take notes and make handwritten lists on the fly. The doodling experience is hampered by a lack of palm rejection, but the fact that the option remains to take quick, handwritten notes will compel some to consider it. Aside from the pen, the G Stylus is almost identical to the Moto G Power and it has solid performance plus a great 14-hour battery life. It takes its best photos in good lighting and, while the included macro lens is a strange choice, it ultimately adds a unique flare that makes it stand out among other mid-range smartphones. However, the G Power’s lack of NFC, disappointing Night Mode photography and its plastic design prove that sacrifice is necessary when opting for a more affordable handset.

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Moto G Stylus review: The highs and lows of a $300 smartphone
It's a stylus-toting handset with a lot to like but a few big downsides as well.

Pros

  • One of the few budget smartphones with a stylus
  • Cinemagraph is an easy way to make personal animated gifs
  • Runs a mostly clean version of Android 10
  • An actual headphone jack
  • Macro lens is a surprising but enjoyable choice
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Frustrating lack of palm rejection when using the stylus
  • Plastic hardware
  • No NFC
  • Night Mode photography isn’t great
Motorola

Moto G Stylus

Engadget

76

Critics

10 reviews

72

AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE

Users

2 reviews

80

AVERAGE USER SCORE
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Key Specs

TYPE
Smartphone
OPERATING SYSTEM
Android
SCREEN SIZE
6.4in
INTERNAL MEMORY
128GB
CAMERA
Yes

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