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LG Stylus 2 Plus vs LG Stylus 2 vs Galaxy Note 5: What’s the difference?

LG has just launched the Stylus 2 Plus, a 5.7-inch phablet boasting a slide-out stylus pen for creative input. So what’s the difference between the new Stylus 2 Plus and LG’s original Stylus 2 handset, and how do they compare to Samsung’s own 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 5?

The LG Stylus 2 is a cut-price phablet boasting a nifty stylus, at a fraction of the cost of Samsung’s rival massive mobile, the Galaxy Note 5. However, the Stylus 2’s specs are also rather basic, which is why LG just announced the Stylus 2 Plus; a more feature-packed version of the Stylus 2 boasting improved performance.

Here’s how the Stylus 2 Plus compares to the Stylus 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5. And check out our Stylus 2 unboxing as well as our full Stylus 2 review.

LG Stylus 2 Plus vs LG Stylus 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5: At a glance

Phone LG Stylus 2 LG Stylus 2 Plus Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Screen size 5.7-inches 5.7-inches 5.7-inches
Screen resolution 1280×720 1920×1080 2560×1440
Fingerprint sensor? No Yes Yes
Weight 145g 145g 171g
Processor Snapdragon 410 Snapdragon 430 Exynos 7420
Memory 1.5GB 2/3GB 4GB
Storage 16GB + microSD 16/32GB + microSD 32/64/128GB
Battery 3000mAh 3000mAh 3000mAh
Cameras 13MP, 8MP 16MP, 8MP 16MP, 5MP
Price £250 £TBC £400 (Import)

LG Stylus 2 Plus vs LG Stylus 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5: Which is best for me?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the phablet to get if you demand the very best performance from your device. Samsung’s own Exynos processor (first found in the Galaxy S6) is still a solid chipset, easily able to handle side-by-side app multitasking. LG’s Stylus phones pack more basic Snapdragon 400-series processors, with the Stylus 2 sporting the rather creaky Snapdragon 410 (found in cut-price handsets like last year’s Moto G). Thankfully the Stylus 2 upgrades this to a Snapdragon 430, a value octa-core chipset that launched at the end of 2015.

All three stylus phones sport a 5.7-inch screen, but the Galaxy Note 5 is again the winner with its super-sharp Quad HD Super AMOLED display, which is impressively crisp and boasts rich, eye-pleasing colours. That said, the Stylus 2’s basic 720p screen does the job for web browsing and messing around with creative apps.

If you’re a serious creative user, Samsung’s excellent S Pen is comfortable to wield and offers very impressive responsiveness, with super-accurate pen strokes. LG’s own stylus pens are just as slim and light, although you don’t get the same accuracy in your sketches.

The Note 5 also boasts very impressive camera tech, capturing sharp, colourful photos that look great when viewed back on a big screen. That said, LG’s own Stylus 2 cameras are also dependable across a range of conditions, with the Stylus 2 Plus boasting an upgraded 16-megapixel snapper compared with the Stylus 2’s 13-megapixel lens.

And if security is a big deal for you, the Stylus 2 Plus and Galaxy Note 5 both feature a built-in fingerprint scanner that offers fast and secure access to your private data.

Check back soon for our full LG Stylus 2 review.


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