I Finally Got To Test The LG G Stylo

Unfortunately, it was the Boost Mobile version, which has just 1GB of RAM and 8GBs of storage.

The 8GBs of storage has no bearing on what I experienced.

That shitty 1GB of RAM sure does!

If you had a phone that couldn’t upload a screensnap to Twitter due to out-of-memory issues, wouldn’t that phone be just about absolutely fucking useless?

Welcome to the Boost Mobile version of the LG G Stylo!

It actually did that to me.

And I made sure to clear out all RAM after the first time that message appeared.

But it still couldn’t send the image due to insufficient RAM!

That’s why this post will lack any images as proof.

Incredibly, one Best Buy store had a fully-working demo model out — with its (as yet unstolen) stylus!

So I really got to bang on it.

I did a quick Google Books PDF test, with The People of the Abyss, Surface Japan, and the iOS version of The American Magazine.

They went well. Which shows that everything depends on the damn app with Android, not the CPU. SmartQ Reader just shames the hell out of all other Android PDF apps.

I downloaded and installed Graffiti.

LG’s Android mods weirdly puts the icon to change keyboards in the upper left of the Notification bar, instead of the lower right beneath the keyboard.

Anyway, I got Graffiti going.

And was soooo disappointed.

I hate to say it, but @stroughtonsmith was right — a on-screen keyboard is faster. Even for me, with my pathetic one-finger hunt-and-peck. (That’s not, by the way, how I type on a hardware keyboard.)

Even though I was able to enter my long password to log into Twitter entirely in Graffiti without an error, I was conscious of how damn long it was taking and how much anxiety I had over a possible recognition error creeping in.

Because the damn Android app has plenty of recognition errors seemingly as a core feature!

The overall experience isn’t as smooth as the old days when I could do entire articles on my Palm III with a stylus. It also seems slower than what the Palm III had. And the overwhelming list of word completion suggestions — some of which are plainly WTF — seems more distracting than helpful.

I was really looking forward to the possibility of an LG G Stylo with Graffiti.

No more.

I must conclude that the day of Graffiti has passed.

As for the LG G Stylo itself, the stylus is a gimmick. There’s no real reason for it to exist except to tap on small targets. It’s not used to take a screensnap, it’s not used to invoke multiwindowing, and there’s zero chance of any developers creating apps to take advantage of it. It’s also quite thin. which is its own annoyance.

As for the screen, something weird was happening when I used Bluelight Filter with SmartQ Reader and a Google Books PDF. The sharpness of the text decreased dramatically. This isn’t something I saw on any other device — not the Insignia Flex Elite 7.85, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 “Basic,” the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, the Blu Studio X Plus, or the Huawei Ascend Mate2.

I don’t know how to account for it.

All I know is that it was the final irritant to made me drop the LG G Stylo from my list of phone candidates.

Also, even though LG has stated the G Stylo will get Android 6.0, given how inefficiently LG handled RAM on the Boost Mobile version of the device, I cringe at the thought of how much worse the experience will become with the OS update.



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One response to “I Finally Got To Test The LG G Stylo

  1. Haven’t used the LG G Stylo, Mike, but you *know* I’m a huge Graffiti-on-Android fan on my Galaxy Note tablets, with a full-sized Wacom stylus. Beyond the ease of text entry (yes, 19 years of Graffiti use will do that to a person), it’s still so much more subtle to take notes and otherwise enter text on a tablet with a “pen” than to tap or attempt to type on glass. I get much less attention when I take notes on my tablet, which is a good thing.

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