The updated Moto G Stylus 5G smartphone from Motorola ($499.99) fits well in the mid-range sweet spot and, in contrast to other products in its class, comes with a built-in stylus. Additionally, it boasts a sizable, quick screen, great battery life, and competitive inner hardware. The phone falls short, though, in terms of camera quality and Motorola’s meager update commitment.
Despite lacking a stylus, the less costly Editors’ Choice-winning Google Pixel 5a ($449) is nevertheless a more futuristic midrange Android device with greater photos and an improved update commitment. But the Moto G Stylus might win over those who prefer styluses and others who don’t want to pay $1,199 or more on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with a pen.
In 2022, Motorola is likely to include a stylus in its lineup of smartphones. To be clear, the business already offers a range of stylus-equipped Moto G smartphones, but the Lenovo-owned company just unveiled the Motorola Edge Plus, which supports a digital pen. Near the end of April, Motorola announced the Moto G Stylus 5G after also updating the base classifier Moto G Stylus. The inexpensive price of the basic G Stylus is combined with stronger connectivity, a better display, and higher performance in the $500 smartphone.
Moto G Stylus 5G Battery Review
The phone’s 5,000mAh battery performs better than expected. In our battery drain test, the Moto G Stylus 5G sustained 13 hours and 10 minutes. The Moto G Stylus from last year survived the same test for 15 hours and thirty minutes despite having a 60Hz display, which uses less battery.
Quick Charge 3.0 is supported with the Moto G Stylus 5G, although only a 10W charger is provided in the box. With a 10W charger, the phone charged from 0% to 11% in 15 minutes and from 100% to 100% in 2 hours and 55 minutes. You’ll need to buy a Quick Charge 3.0 adapter individually if you want faster charging. The phone doesn’t enable wireless charging, which is to be expected given its pricing.
The camera, battery life, and efficiency
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 CPU, which supports mmWave and Sub6 5G connectivity, is found inside the Moto G Stylus 5G. Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.1 are additional connectivity options. The 5,000mAh battery that powers all of that, according to Motorola, can last for two full days of operation. The device I’ve been testing has 512GB of storage in total; 256GB of it is internal storage and the remaining 256GB is on a microSD card. Memory on the G Stylus 5G is 8GB.
The performance has generally been satisfactory. The battery life is excellent. Although users haven’t been allowed to use the G Stylus 5G for a full two days, doing so is still possible without any problems. The G Stylus 5G’s stylus and battery life are its two key selling points.
But the G Stylus 5G really shines when it comes to stylus support. The software experience has been carefully curated by Motorola to enhance the phone anytime the stylus is utilized. One of my favorite features, for instance, allows you to immediately start taking notes when the stylus is removed while the phone is locked.
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When the pen is taken out of the silo, a little button that offers choices to capture a note, annotate a screenshot, make a GIF, or even launch an app, hovers above the screen. All of this is extremely reminiscent of Samsung, but with Motorola’s undoubtedly more lighthearted style and symbols. The quick frame rate of the screen makes writing or sketching with the pen easy and responsive.
The camera’s performance is merely adequate. It either overexposed or undersaturated the colors in the pictures I took with it. Although I’d be comfortable with it for a camera on a $500 phone (now on sale for $449), it’s not terrible. Don’t let the spec sheet’s mention of 50 megapixels lead you astray.
If you’re searching for a phone that supports styluses, has a good—but not amazing—camera configuration, and has a long battery life, the Moto G Stylus 5G is a wonderful option. Two basic variations of the Moto G Stylus 5G are available: one with mmWave with sub-6GHz 5G that is tied to Verizon, and the other with sub-6GHz 5G exclusively that is sold unlocked. Few smartphones at this price point support mmWave, which, if you’re in a location with enough service, allows for the quickest data speeds.