I received the phone a couple of weeks ago. It's an LG G Stylo H631 from T-Mobile. The specs are somewhat better than those listed on this site. The RAM is 2 GB, not 1. The back-side camera is 16 MP, not 8. The rest of the specs seem to match.
It came with Lollipop 5.0, and was upgraded to 5.1 the same day by T-Mobile. Early the next day, it upgraded again to Marshmallow 6.0. If there's another upgrade, according to T-Mobile's customer service, it won't happen for this phone until March 2017 (or after), when Android 6.0.1 may become available based on their OS upgrade cycle. I added a 32 GB SD card, and used the LG Back-up/Restore app to restore my apps from my previous LG phone.
I chose the phone primarily for the larger screen. My previous phone was an LG L90 D415, which is at least 50% less screen than the Stylo. I put the phone in a 2-part, 3 piece case (top, bottom and liner) for protection.
A lot of folks seem to be having a lot of issues with their G Stylo phones, but based on their posts, it's likely due to a variety of reasons that aren't due to the phone itself: Damage (which can cause the phone to eat chargers/batteries/battery life), a replacement (Typically a refurbished phone that isn't as good as a "new" one), OS variations (I had no trouble with 5.0, had trouble with 5.1, have had no trouble with 6.0), carrier differences in the phone models (T-Mobile's phone model is the H631. The H634 and other models "belong" to different carriers and won't work unless using that carrier's model and SIM card) or, very likely, app issues (most folks don't really understand the impact of how those permissions work and, unless upgraded to Android 6.0 or better, can't change those permissions once installed).
I have experienced none of the issues apparently experienced by others. My phone works well, doesn't restart by itself, stays connected to calls as well as the other Smartphones phones in the house, has no issues with texting, ringtones (which was a problem when 5.1 was installed and was resolved when it went to 6.0) taking pictures or video. Apps load quickly and run smoothly (more-so than in the L90). I also like the fact there are no side buttons (volume and power buttons are on the back) to accidentally grab and press while holding the phone. There are no buttons on the front at all (there are areas on the screen programmed to act like buttons, but they're touch-based and much more responsive than buttons).
It doesn't have stellar speed, but then, it's better than what I had. My apps transferred and updated properly and all things are working exactly as they should. GPS/magnetics/motion sensors all seem to work as well as in the L90, which didn't seem to have any issues that could bother most folks. It accurately reports my position in the house without having Data or Wireless turned on to within a couple of feet, and accurately indicates which direction I point the thing (according to a very expensive compass I've had for 40+ years). I use an astro lab app and it accurately reports which star I'm looking at (something that requires all of those motion/gps/compass features to be working right).
Here are some tips for a better experience:
1. Buy new from the carrier. Don't buy an extended warranty.
2. Don't let the carrier replace your phone if you break it. Get it fixed elsewhere or buy another one elsewhere.
3. Cases are mandatory - especially ones that "warp around" and offer a raised edge around the screen. The phone's body is moderately cheap, but a case substantially improves its toughness.
4. Upgrade Android when possible (YMMV because it depends on your carrier/provider, or on your own technical skills if your provider won't be upgrading you. It will run at least up to Android 6.0.1, and likely will run 7 when it comes out.)
5. The phone has almost certainly taken fatal damage if there is visible damage to it after an "accident" of any kind. It's not a robust design. If something cracks, chances are the electronics inside got damaged, too. Likely better to buy another new one than get it repaired. The prices for new ones are quite reasonable now.
Overall, though, if you treat it right, it's a great phone. Folks are far and away more likely to complain about what they don't like than write about what they do like. And many have higher expectations than this phone is likely to meet.
Keep in mind, this phone is NOT a high-end phone. Then again, I didn't pay for one. But it has several features most low-end/budget Smartphones lack - the main one being NFC capabilities for Google Pay (if you want to set that up) or data transfer from one NFC-capable phone to another. It also has a ridiculously large screen for a phone in its price range. It's NOT good enough for VR (the specs don't measure up), but it will do most everything else you might want.
If you're on a budget, take care of your equipment and don't go nuts with app downloads, while looking for "high-end" features like a large screen (Phablet-style) and NFC capabilities, this is the most feature-rich phone available (through T-Mobile) at the lowest price. If you need more, you'll have to pay (a lot) for more.
For someone looking for a lot who has little to spend, I'd highly recommend this phone.
Dark Lord~Sith85, 25 Jun 2016I keep hearing about a recall on the LG Stylo, after researching issues, and reading many comm... moreSame problem with the gps. Had this phone for more than a year and trust me, it gets much worse. Freezing, lagging, booting off on its own. Get settled for a crappy experience
So, I've been a long time fan of LG phones, going back to the Rumor Touch and Optimus Slider. Had hoped to get a new phone with a keyboard, but they're just not out there.
Saw that Boost Mobile had the Stylo on sale and my last phone had just died so I picked it up. I don't understand these negative reviews at all. Mine has been a peach, for the most part. Updated to android 6 the first time I turned it on. Good reception all over the place. Big, bright screen. Decent camera and audio. So far, it's only flaw is that it will sometimes fail to notify me of an incoming text message. I'm guessing that's a software issue that will be fixed, eventually.
The phone has been pretty darn durable. Mine gets a lot of heat sitting on my dash all day doing navigation duties (I'm a courier), an environment that killed my last phone, a Motorola Photon Q. Of course, any phone will suffer if treated poorly, so mine is always in a protective case. But so far, I have not seen any of the complaints listed by other reviewers. It's a good phone and I would recommend it to any adult user.
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Ive had this phone for a year now and I have no problem with it. Its does what its supose to.
and if I were to critize something about it, it would be the camara some it doesnt take the best of photos but I could live with it. For the price I think its great if you want something better you could pay more.
Heidi, 11 Jun 2016I got this phone when it first came out. I have never had a problem with it until they did th... moreThe app can be reset go into the settings and set the app back to the original default and remove all updates that should solve the problem.ok?😉hope this helps you
HelloKristin, 10 Jul 2016Bought the phone from T-Mobile, was GREAT! Broke the screen, T-Mobile sent me mother and it's ... moreAlso if I put my SD card in it tells me my service is disabled and I can't use it for anything unless I'm connected to WiFi. Goodbye all of my pictures!
Bought the phone from T-Mobile, was GREAT! Broke the screen, T-Mobile sent me mother and it's utter SHIT! Screen flashes, buttons stop working, half the time my rear camera won't work, constantly freezes.
Nolonger a LG Fan, 25 Jun 2016I had an LG Volt before and I was pretty happy with it. Because of a busted screen I justified... moreim lg x screen user, go to accessibility turn off the settings there that says "if you click 3x the screen will zoom" that's why when you try to put your code too fast that happens, not sure but that's my experience before when I turned it on
This phone is OK but there is no Android Marshmallow and no gryoscope or VR support. I sometimes is useless.
LG Ripped me off !, 27 Jun 2016As many others have stated, do not buy a LG G Stylo, total waste of your money. Slow, freezes,... moreI agree completely with you! Freezing...flickering...s l o w response...screen turns off on it's own and sits as a black screen. If I am paying for a service and a phone...I feel like I might as well throw $$$ out the window with this pos! Too much to ask for a phone without issues? How about one that alerts texts...too much to ask???
This phone sucks it keeps turning itself off and on by itself.Since the day it was new the memory slot doesn't work and the sim card slot also has issues loose connection sometimes have to check the phone all day to make sure I'm connected to my service.
Autumn, 14 Jun 2016I have the SAME issue with the GPS and my screen just started flickering this morning. I think some people got paid to destroy lg phones.. I have. Lg g4 stylo and I have no problem with it.
So i got this phone in february. I wanted another phone but my parents said it was too expensive. I needed a phone with a big screen. Well after about two months i hated how big the case mad the phone and i got into a fist fight and my phone fell out of my pocket and this was my first time dropping it without the case, the screen shattered. After that, the outter edge of the screen will blink sometimes. Also, when someone tries to call me, the ringer fand caller id to answer the call fail until the last 20 seconds. Finally, the battery dies too fast. Last night i went to sleep and left my phone on charge because it takes too long to charge. But thats not the worst part about the battery. I have to constantly buy chargers because every now and then, my phone will eat it. Within the last month, i would say i went through seven chargers. I would not recomend yhis phone to ANYONE! And that means alot because i usually never hate something this much. All to say in the end, this phone was a rip off and i will not bw buying another LG product
Anonymous, 29 Jun 2016Same. Either the 'Home' or the lock screen keeps freezing. Also, my data won't turn off even... more^Update: The problem didn't go away in Safe Mode, but everything was fine after factory reset. A third-party app probably messed up. LG Canada helpdesk were very polite and helpful in solving the problem.
i got this phone about 4 months ago and used it for a little while before changing carriers. As with other statements, this phone is total crap. unresponsive touch screen, freezing, lag. but the worst part is that once switched i gave the phone to my mother. A week after she transferred her number to the phone it permanently crashed and would no longer boot up. Kept showing a 'Secure Booting Error' Boost was no help in resolving this problem. Kept blaming LG. LG kept blaming Boost and would not honor the warranty.
Same. Either the 'Home' or the lock screen keeps freezing. Also, my data won't turn off even though it's set to 'off' in the Settings.
As many others have stated, do not buy a LG G Stylo, total waste of your money. Slow, freezes, flickers, screen turns off and on, no memory and the camera is the worst. I paid $230. back in Dec. 2015. Look around at the reviews and even at new low $79.99 price now they can't sell them.. Spend a few more of your hard earned dollar's and buy a Samsung, I wish I would have.
Not Happy :(
GrossJ, 10 Jun 2016I bou bought this phone less than 2 months ago very displeased the speaker would crackle and p... moreI wanna sew them because my whole family uses LG and they all have the LG Stylo one and when my phone's screen would flicker I emailed LG and they never even emailed me back I bet they are scared to make a recall because they dont wanna look like a crappy company