Motorola sees LG’s exit from the smartphone market as a giant alternative. The corporate claims it holds an 8{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} share of the US market and thinks it may well enhance its place to quantity three — behind Apple and Samsung — when it comes to quantity. How’s it going to try this? By providing telephones with 5G throughout varied value factors. That’s why Motorola added 5G to the Moto G Stylus, bringing the next-generation community tech to its succesful mid-ranger. Discover out if that is the 5G telephone for you within the Android Authority Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G evaluate.

About this Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G evaluate: I used the Moto G Stylus 5G for seven days operating Android 11 (construct RRE31.Q2-11-46). The Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G unit was offered to Android Authority by Motorola for this evaluate.

What you have to know in regards to the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G

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  • Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (6GB/256GB): $399

Motorola already has a Moto G Stylus telephone out there, however this new machine is supposed to enhance the vanilla model by including a 5G-enabled processor and an even bigger battery. Little else differentiates the 2 stylus-toting telephones other than some minor design tweaks.

Motorola’s strategy to the Moto G Stylus 5G is straightforward: promote it all over the place it presumably can. The machine, which retails for $399 unlocked, might be accessible from AT&T/Cricket, T-Cellular/Metro, and Verizon/Seen, together with Spectrum, Xfinity, Amazon, BHPhoto, and That about covers the gamut of main carriers and retailers within the US. Gross sales kick off June 14 at Amazon, BHPhoto, and Motorola, with carriers to comply with later at their very own tempo.

The telephone is available in a number of configurations, with both 4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage or 6GB of RAM paired with 256GB of storage. The unlocked retail models might be bought within the 6GB/256GB configuration, however the service variations will ship with 4GB/128GB. Carriers might be chargeable for their very own pricing and Motorola has not revealed these particulars. There’s additionally no phrase but on a broader launch in Europe and different markets.

The Moto G Stylus 5G might be bought in a single coloration known as Cosmic Emerald.

How is the {hardware}?

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5Gdisplay on brick

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The Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (no, that title does not simply roll off the tongue) is a giant, massive telephone. The 6.8-inch display and inside stylus assist imply you might have an extra-large chassis. It’s really bigger than even a telephone just like the Apple iPhone 12 Professional Max. It may be a handful to make use of, there’s no query of that.

The telephone is constructed largely of plastic. The entrance could also be glass (Motorola hasn’t disclosed what variety, we’ll replace once we hear again), however the mid-frame and the rear panel are constituted of polycarbonate materials. A shiny end coats the body, and the rear panel has a glass-like look to it. The Cosmic Emerald coloration is charming, although certainly not for everybody. There’s a reflective sheen to it that provides it some character. It does entice fingerprints, however I’ve seen a lot worse. These parts are all put collectively nicely and all the pieces in regards to the chassis is tight and form-fitting.

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G rear on rock

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As with most Motorola telephones, don’t count on full waterproofing. As an alternative, the innards have been sprayed with a nano-coating that protects them from splashing, rain, and sweat, however not submersion. We wouldn’t usually count on a $400 telephone to be waterproof anyway, however it’s value noting nonetheless.

Practical components are unfold across the outdoors of the chassis. The ability button and quantity toggle are on the suitable edge. The profile of the facility button is just too low, making it more durable to search out in a rush. Each buttons are a bit “clacky” once you press them, which means journey and suggestions may very well be higher. The combo SIM/microSD tray is tucked into the left fringe of the telephone, whereas the headphone jack, USB-C port, speaker, and stylus dock all crowd the underside edge.

The 6.8-inch display and inside stylus assist imply you might have an extra-large chassis.

Motorola gave the Moto G Stylus 5G a Full HD+ Max Imaginative and prescient show. It’s an IPS LCD with a punch-hole for the user-facing digital camera and a regular 60Hz refresh fee. Bezels are saved in verify however there’s a slight chin on the backside. The display comes throughout as brilliant and colourful. Indoor visibility is not any downside, however daylight will negatively influence your means to see the display. Along with glare, it may well generally be a problem to make use of open air. The decision and readability are good for a telephone on this value class.

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G in hand

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On the safety entrance, the Moto G Stylus 5G has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It’s positioned slightly excessive up the panel should you ask me, however it’s straightforward to coach and fast to unlock the telephone.

Lastly, you’ll discover the digital camera module pushed into the upper-left nook of the rear panel. It’s a four-camera array and Motorola saved the scale fairly tight. It stands proud from the rear floor, however not overmuch.

It’s nothing spectacular and it’s positively on the big facet, however the Moto G Stylus 5G is a modestly-designed piece of {hardware} for $400.

How is the battery life and processor?

The Moto G Stylus 5G packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G chipset. This sits on the top-end of Qualcomm’s entry-level 400 collection and represents an enchancment over even all however the very newest 600 collection processors.

So far as on a regular basis use is worried, the telephone runs fantastic. I didn’t discover any actual efficiency points, although the digital camera app is slightly bit sluggish to begin generally. The telephone didn’t fare significantly nicely on benchmarks, however we didn’t count on it to. Most customers ought to be happy with the efficiency of the telephone so long as they’re not anticipating the telephone to be a gaming powerhouse (which it isn’t claiming to be).

Extra studying: Snapdragon SoC information: All of Qualcomm’s processors defined

Motorola builds battery champs and the Moto G Stylus 5G is merely the most recent to place up strong numbers. Motorola claims the battery lasts a full two days. We received higher battery life than that.

Regardless of heavy utilization, together with in depth use of the digital camera and operating benchmarks, the telephone lasted 2.25 days on a single cost. The 5,000mAh energy cell greater than does its job. We haven’t examined the non-5G Moto G Stylus from earlier this yr, however its smaller 4,000mAh battery doubtless received’t final as lengthy.

The draw back is that charging the telephone takes eternally. The Moto G Stylus 5G ships with a 10W charger and wishes a strong two hours quarter-hour to recharge from zero. There’s no wi-fi charging, which we wouldn’t count on at this value level.

How does the digital camera carry out?

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G camera tilted

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Motorola gave the Moto G Stylus 5G 4 rear cameras, although not essentially in our most well-liked configuration. The principle sensor captures 48MP photographs at f/1.7 and bins them down by an element of 4 to 12MP. This foremost digital camera is joined by an 8MP ultra-wide digital camera, a 5MP macro digital camera, and a 2MP depth digital camera. We’d have appreciated to see a telephoto within the combine, however Motorola typically goes with macros over teles on its entry-level fare.

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The principle digital camera does a fantastic job in good lighting situations. You may see the photographs I took through the day are clear, in focus, and present good coloration steadiness. The identical is true for the pictures I captured with the wide-angle digital camera (under), although the main focus is only a hair softer. I like that the ultra-wide shoots at a 118-degree subject of view. Some optical distortion is clear across the edges of the body, however at the very least there’s no vignetting.

I struggled with the macro digital camera. You need to maintain the telephone in precisely the suitable spot to get the image to be sharp. One factor I admire: the digital camera will routinely change to macro mode when it senses you’re near a topic. At 5MP it’s not the bottom decision macro digital camera you will discover, however it nonetheless lacks element in comparison with the opposite lenses.

The selfie digital camera is actually uneven. For those who take a look at the samples under, you’ll see that I’m in good focus in each photographs. In the usual selfie, the background is simply destroyed by noise, whereas the selfie seems to be smoother by means of comparability. I believe the selfie portrait mode additionally overdoes the beautification, which you can’t management.

Images taken in low mild are a little bit of a multitude. You’ll word tons of grain and tender focus within the photographs under. Furthermore, there may be tons of misplaced element, significantly within the shot of the lamp.

The Moto G Stylus 5G really downgrades the video high quality functionality of the telephone. The place the G Stylus shoots in 4K, the G Stylus 5G maxes out at Full HD (30fps). This can be a limitation of the processor within the G Stylus 5G. That’s a little bit of a disgrace, however the footage nonetheless seems to be strong. I noticed some noise, significantly in shadows, however coloration and publicity have been on level. They received’t look nice should you take them off of the telephone and onto a bigger display, nevertheless.

You may view full-sized picture samples on this Google Drive folder.

What are you able to do with the stylus?

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G with stylus

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The stylus of the Moto G Stylus 5G is not any Samsung S Pen however it does add worth to an already inexpensive telephone.

First, it’s a totally cylindrical stylus, which means you may insert it into the storage at any angle and it’ll go in. This can be a welcome enchancment over the stylus of the 2020 Moto G Stylus which had a slight form to it that required it to be inserted a selected manner.

The Moto G Stylus 5G’s pointer is not any S Pen, however it provides worth.

Second, Motorola elevated the size of the tab for retrieving the stylus. Although the butt of the stylus is flush with the underside fringe of the telephone, it’s no downside in any respect to depress it to pop the tab out. The press is satisfying and grabbing the stylus is simple as pie.

Third, it’s now a lot more durable to lose the stylus. The removing reminder sends notifications when the stylus has been out for a time frame with out use. There’s additionally a technique to report the placement of the telephone when the stylus was final eliminated. That is no AirTag location-finding magic, however it’s going to get you to the overall neighborhood by which you final used the stylus.

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G stylus ejected

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Now that LG is now not within the recreation with its stylus-toting telephone, Motorola has the inexpensive stylus phase to itself.

The core stylus-centric software program characteristic is a fast note-taking app known as Moto Observe that launches once you take away the stylus. It covers the fundamentals nicely sufficient. You may scribble on it, draw obscure shapes which are then auto-corrected to an ideal sq. or circle, add textual content, and annotate pictures.

Then there’s the coloring guide app, which is clearly meant for youths. This app has a handful of preloaded photos that children can coloration, however there’s a very neat device for creating your individual: You may take a photograph that the app then reduces to a black and white stencil, leaving the areas for youths to paint to their liking. It’s a enjoyable technique to kill the time. For those who’re a child.

As anticipated, you should utilize the stylus to navigate the consumer interface and in any other case work together with the telephone. It doesn’t have a button or any particular wi-fi options. It’s a easy stylus with easy options.

Extra studying: 10 finest stylus apps and S Pen apps for Android

Now that LG is now not within the recreation with its stylus-toting telephone, Motorola has the inexpensive stylus phase to itself.


  • My UX: The Moto G Stylus 5G ships with Android 11 onboard and Motorola’s My UX consumer interface. It’s not a lot a UI pores and skin as it’s a assortment of options which are manageable by means of the Moto utility. We’re speaking about twisting the telephone to launch the digital camera, superior notification controls, and so forth. Motorola saved it easy and that’s fantastic. As for updates, Motorola says the telephone will obtain one main system replace (to Android 12) and it’ll obtain two years of safety and different minor updates. That’s not the worst, however the minimal ought to actually be two system updates and three years of assist.
  • Audio: Motorola correctly saved a 3.5mm headphone jack, which it was in a position to match regardless of the true property wanted to storage the stylus. Audio out by way of the jack sounded good. The telephone has however a single, downward-firing speaker. No stereo music for you. It places out acceptable sound and room-filling volumes. Fortunately, the telephone helps Bluetooth 5.1 and a spread of codecs for wi-fi listening.
  • 5G: The Moto G Stylus 5G has excellent assist for 5G throughout US wi-fi carriers. It covers the three main carriers in AT&T, T-Cellular, and Verizon, with the carriers’ pay as you go manufacturers supported too. The telephone’s 5G is restricted to sub-6GHz, nevertheless; there’s no mmWave on board.

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G specs

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G:

6.8-inch IPS LCD
Full HD+
Max Imaginative and prescient


Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G


Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G:



Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G:



Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G:

Broad: 48MP, f/1.7
Extremely-wide: 8MP, f/2.2
Macro: 5MP, f/2.2
Depth: 2MP, f/2.2
16MP, f/2.2


Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G:

10W charger


Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G:

Sub-6GHz 5G
Wi-Fi 5
Bluetooth 5.1


Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G:

169.5 x 77.5 x 9.4mm


Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G:

Cosmic Emerald

Worth and competitors

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5Gstylus on screen

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G

The Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G provides a stylus and 5G with a giant display and even larger battery life.

5G is making its technique to extra inexpensive telephones. Motorola advised us it believes 5G might be a differentiator out there shifting ahead. It definitely helps the Moto G Stylus 5G stand out. Whether or not or not 5G really brings worth to the telephone is one other story. It bumps the value of the telephone up significantly when in comparison with the non-5G variant of the G Stylus. Taking a look at different $400 5G telephones, it’s the stylus that basically helps the Moto G stand out. There merely aren’t any competing telephones out there with a stylus and 5G. That provides the Moto G Stylus 5G a worth all its personal — however it’s one thing shoppers need to worth, too.

Motorola’s greatest competitors is itself. The Moto G Stylus from earlier this yr, which doesn’t embrace 5G and has a smaller 4,000mAh battery, is a discount at $299. Furthermore, the Moto G Stylus from final yr is a close to steal at $250. If you wish to keep away from the 5G tax, you may nonetheless get a stylus from considered one of these two telephones for much less.

Taking a look at non-stylus gadgets, the elephant within the room is after all the Google Pixel 4a, which is accessible for $349. The 5G model of the 4a prices a bit extra at $499, however simply bests the Moto G Stylus 5G within the digital camera division. There’s additionally the OnePlus Nord household, which has a number of choices. The Nord 10 5G, particularly, is attractive on account of its 90Hz display, 30W charging, and $299 value level. And we are able to’t miss Samsung’s vary of Galaxy A gadgets, together with the Galaxy A32 and Galaxy A52 5G, which retail for $279 and $499, respectively.

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G evaluate: The decision

Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G camera closeup

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The Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G is such a distinct segment play, it’s arduous to quantify in opposition to different gadgets. No different 5G-capable, stylus-equipped telephone is as inexpensive because the G Stylus 5G. LG used to compete on this area, however with its market exit, the Moto G Stylus 5G is alone in its area of interest. You’d have to take a look at the $999 Samsung Galaxy Observe 20 to search out the identical mixture of options.

It’s straightforward to laud the battery life, clear construct of Android, and strong on a regular basis efficiency of the telephone, however the Snapdragon 480 5G holds the telephone again considerably. It could sip energy, however it doesn’t ship the quick and fluid expertise some potential consumers would possibly need. The digital camera does nicely for probably the most half, although low-light photographs and selfies undergo. Motorola’s single-year dedication to updates (and two years of safety patches) can be a bit skinny in comparison with Samsung’s A collection.

No different 5G-capable, stylus-equipped telephone is as inexpensive because the Moto G Stylus 5G.

The Moto G Stylus 5G is an effective telephone, however it’s not with out faults. As the one comer within the inexpensive 5G stylus market, these faults may appear minor to some. However the telephone is so targeted on a number of key options that except you’re searching for a telephone that meets a really particular standards, you is perhaps higher off among the extra well-rounded options.

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