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Review of the LG G Stylo for Boost Mobile

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Screen

The Stylo's display surprised me a bit. It's an LCD panel that measures 5.7 inches across the diagonal. Resolution is kept at 720p HD. (For comparison sake, the G4's 5.5-inch screen has quad HD resolution.) I was worried the Stylo's screen would be lacking pixels and look crummy as a result. Those worries were misplaced. The Stylo's screen looks great. Not only is the Stylo's display sharp and clear, but whites and colors are actually more accurate than those on the G4's screen. Outdoor viewability is excellent, and viewing angles are very good. The Stylo's screen far exceeds the quality of those I've seen on similarly-priced handsets from other phone makers. I'd go so far as to say it's reason enough to buy this phone.

Signal

The Stylo, sold by Boost, runs on Sprint's LTE network. The phone performed really well on Sprint's LTE network in and around New York City. I was able to connect calls on the first dial every time, and the Stylo didn't miss or drop calls, even at highway speeds.

Data speeds were a mixed bag. Sometimes they were awesome and other times they sucked. Speeds did not appear to be associated with network coverage strength, at least as indicated on the phone. I saw fast speeds with one bar of coverage and slow speeds with five bars, and vice versa. Even at their worst, LTE speeds were still solid enough to upload Instagram shots in a reasonable amount of time. On the whole, the Stylo performed slightly below average for a Sprint handset.

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Sound

Call quality could be a lot better. Volume is acceptable. Calls are audible in most normal places you might frequent, from home to coffee shops. The problem lies with clarity. At full volume, the earpiece was prone to a lot of distortion. Worse, voices sounded muffled and distant. Those I spoke to through the Stylo said I sounded horrible, a description I don't hear often when performing this test. The Stylo is not a great device for making phone calls.

Calls routed to the speakerphone were a bit better in the quality department, but not as good in the volume department. I liked the improved clarity, but had a harder time hearing calls in noisy spaces.

Ringers and alerts were able to get my attention when the phone was close by, but if it was on the other side of my house I definitely missed some calls. Similarly, the vibrate alert worked when the phone was on my person, but not if it was in another room.

Battery

LG had plenty of room inside the Stylo's chassis to gift it with a 3,000 mAh battery. The power cell delivered impressive battery life. There was nothing I could do to kill the battery in a single day. The phone is rated for 24 hours of talk time and I'd wager that's about accurate. I typically called it a day long before the Stylo did, which easily blasted through 18+ hours of mixed use.

The Stylo includes a battery saver tool. You can set it to come on automatically when the phone reaches 15%, or toggle it on/off manually. It limits background processes and notifications and can extend your battery long enough for you to get safely home at the end of the night. I didn't ever have a need to use it.

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