Shifting from a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to an LG Stylo 4 is Comparable to Moving from a Ferrari 812 Superfast into Some Kia Optima. They’re both 2018 smartphones with styluses constructed in, and they both run the same version of Android (Oreo 8.1). However, apart from that, they couldn’t be more distinct.

The Stylo 4 includes a quarter of the Note 9’s internal storage (32GB versus 128GB), is made of plastic rather than glass, and is powered with a much slower chip. Plus it does not have wireless charging or a dual camera or a WQHD+ touchscreen screen.

But much like the gap between a Kia and a Ferrari, the Stylo 4 offers something the Galaxy Note 9 does not: value. And as I used the $250 handset (the lowest priced Android phone I have used in a while ) as my main device for a fortnight, I began to see exactly how thin the lines between premium, funding, and mid-range telephones really are. I didn’t scale my usage (actually I set up the Stylo 4 from my Note backup), and while I will acknowledge the Note 9 ran circles around the Stylo 4 at nearly every speed test when you break it down, the two phones really are not all that distinct.

Thus, do we actually have to spend $900 or $1,000 to get the best Android cellphone? Or to put it another way: Is your Galaxy Note 9 actually 400 percent greater than the Stylo 4?

Ever since the very first Android mobile arrived, we’ve been conditioned to expect a significant speed increase every 12 months. However, while the progression is apparent at the high end of the market, together with the Snapdragon 821, 835, 845, etc., it is a bit more muddled for noninvasive and mid-sized phones.

The Stylo is powered by a Snapdragon 450 chip from 2017, and its own age surely shows. So it is clearly slower than the Snapdragon 845 within Note 9, and significantly so. The Snapdragon 636 would be slower too, but not quite as noticeable.

The biggest problem is with graphics performance. Normal Android Oreo animations which would normally require less than a half-second on the Note 9 frequently hang for a second or more on the Stylo 4. It is something I was especially attuned to because I had literally switched into the Stylo 4 from the ruling 9. Nonetheless, after a week, it was not quite as bothersome.

Programs that were initially slow to load became faster after their initial starts, and even with just 2GB of RAM, switching became markedly less syrupy after a day or two. I also started to expect when the machine would hang so that my palms didn’t jump to a new task and slow down things even more.

Auto-rotate was affected by the Stylo 4’s low-end specs–so much so that I turned on the orientation lock. But overall, the images were more of a nuisance than a deterrent. I can not help but wonder how much faster the Stylo 4 might sense if it conducted Android One like the G7 One. Nevertheless, I have a new appreciation for Note 9’s Adreno 630 GPU, which makes things buttery simple despite the Samsung Experience UI.

Everyday speed performance is also noticeably slower than it is about Note 9, but I adjusted my expectations after only a couple of days. Nevertheless, it was not. I overlooked the rate of this Note 9 for sure, but it did not feel like a 750 difference. Moreover, most people buying a Stylo 4 will be coming from a similar category of telephone, and the Stylo’s Snapdragon 450 is unquestionably faster than the Snapdragon 429 or 210 they’re probably switching from. The Stylo 4 could be slow, but it’s by no means unusable.

I was impressed with the Stylo 4 battery lifetime. Having a 3,300mAh capability, I expected it to become so-so, especially coming from the ruling 9’s impressive 4,000mAh battery, but I was pleasantly surprised. Rarely did I must plug into the Stylo 4 until the end of a day, and even then, I generally had over 10 percent remaining. Benchmarks were not so kind, revealing around 7 hours, however this type of case where real-world usage is vastly superior.

Unapologetically plastic vs. breakable glass


As you’d expect, the Stylo 4 is made from plastic rather than this Note 9’s all-glass design, and while it feels less considerable than Samsung’s thousand-dollar flagship, it has a nice construct that feels far from cheap. The curved display and plastic rear rest more comfortably in my hand and pocket than Note 9, and I was not nearly as worried about falling it with no situation. At 160 x 77.7 x 8.1 mm, it is a touch smaller than the Note 9’s 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm frame, and the Stylo’s 6.2-inch display is smaller than the Note 9’s 6.4-inch screen as well.