For 2020, Motorola is shifting its focus to mid-range phones. And it isn’t a big surprise given the Motorola Razr didn’t do very well. At least for now, Motorola is certain that the mid-range phone is what will sell well for them. The Moto G Stylus sounds good on paper. But is the Moto G Stylus worth the money? Let’s find out.
Is the Moto G Stylus worth $299?
There’s a lot of competition in the smartphone market in the $300 price range. A lot of manufacturers are targeting this phone segment as most of the buyers are willing to spend this kind of money on a new phone. The Moto G Stylus has a lot of features that make the phone unique compared to others. At this price, the Moto G Stylus is the only known-brand phone to feature an integrated active stylus. It’s also got a really good design with minimal bezels all around. The cameras on the phone are also great if not excellent.
Let’s check all of the highlights of the Moto G Stylus before deciding whether the phone is worth the money or not.
Key Features of the Moto G Stylus
- 6.4-inch Full HD+ IPS Display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC
- 4GB of RAM
- 128GB of Internal Storage
- 48MP+16MP+2MP Triple camera setup
- 16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture
- 4K@30fps video recording
- 4000mAh battery
- Integrated Stylus
Design and Display
The design of the Moto G Stylus is really good considering its price. The bezels are minimal and the front-camera cutout is small. If you are planning to put on a phone case for Moto G Stylus, make sure it is a transparent case. Any other case or cover for the phone doesn’t do any justice.
Talking about the display, the phone features a Full HD+ IPS display which has excellent visibility even in broad daylight. Color reproduction is just as good. It would have been great if the company had put on an AMOLED panel on the phone. If nothing, a 90Hz display would have made the phone really special. Unfortunately, we will have to wait till 2021 to see such features in a mid-range phones.
Peroformance and Storage
The Motorola Moto G Stylus comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC which is a good (if not excellent) SoC. This SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM is plentiful to run any modern apps and games. However, if you are an avid gamer, you should be looking elsewhere.
While games like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile run well on the phone, they don’t play on 60 FPS. When the scene is busy, you may struggle to hit 30FPS too. So, if you are looking to buy a new phone for gaming, the Moto G Stylus may not be the one for you.
On the storage department, you won’t be disappointed, however. All variants of the Moto G Stylus comes with 128GB of Internal storage. This should be plentiful for most of the users out there. Personally, I think that 128GB of internal storage is more than enough for a mid-range phone.
Camera and Video
This is one department where Motorola phones are known to struggle. And while the company has made a lot of tweaks to the phone, the camera still isn’t on par with the Pixel 3A and the iPhone SE 2.
The same think can be said about the 4K video recording on the phone.
However, it’s worth mentioning that the ultra-wide camera on the phone is a lot of fun and the images out of it are very usable.
Battery and Stylus
The one thing that is different between the Moto G Stylus and the Moto G Power is the battery size. The Power has a 5000mAh battery while the G Stylus has a 4000mAh battery. Why? Well, the G Stylus comes with an integrated stylus. In order to accommodate the stylus, the company had to put in a smaller battery.
And talking about the stylus, it isn’t as good as the one found on the Galaxy Note series phone. However, for regular note-taking, the stylus on the G Stylus is more than good.
In conclusion, the Moto G Stylus is certainly worth the money. If gaming isn’t your top priority and if you can live with a good (but not great) camera, the Moto G Stylus is the one to get. For everyone else, it’s best to check out the competitors.