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Update September 25th 2022: this battery is garbage. Today I use the phone to navigate for miles. I did about a half an hour of surfing the web and the battery went from 100% to 43% just like that. Huge bummer. Hope it lasts till Christmas.
I was looking for an inexpensive phone for myself and then another one to purchase for my mother. After being unsuccessful with another slightly more expensive phone that did not operate properly I came upon the reviews for this phone and decided to give it a shot.
I would say so far mostly good. Right out of the box the talk to text works much more smoothly than Samsung a53. There's a lot more on the keyboard for this phone so I find myself getting a little lost trying to figure out how to get the keyboard to come back etc but generally it's been easier to operate and I appreciate that the microphone and the keyboard can be displayed simultaneously.
The fingerprint reader is fairly worthless, almost never works but I have a very sturdy case it can making it tricky to jam your finger in there. Seems like maybe not the best idea to have it where it is and then you end up limited to only using your right hand so not so great for lefties like me.
Battery life is okay. I'm satisfied with that. It seems to go down to 80% pretty quick but that range in between 80% and it's when it's below 50 seems like it takes a little longer. I had hoped it would be better and it seemed to be better the first few weeks but capacity may have gone done significnatly in a short time. Also noticed that the charging cable and block charges slowly but if I put on my old pixel changer it is rapid charging, not sure why it wouldn't be the other way around.
As another reviewer mentioned, on the Verizon network you might have a little trouble receiving texts. I did it first, I didn't do anything to change it except for one of the updates that I was prompted to do and then suddenly they came in. I'll keep an eye on that. I'm going to try and update as I discover more about this phone. I will say in general getting around on this phone is a little trickier than my old pixel XL. Like trying to go back seems to only happen with a swipe to the right. Trying to toggle between different apps was also tricky. What I figured out was that you have to go into settings, navigation and then turn off gestures to get the three buttons at the bottom for back, reduce app, and then to show all open apps.
.Also trying to get my apps that I do not have icons on the screen for yet is a little tricky... Seems like if you start swiping from 3/4 down the screen and up you will get them which is too similar to swiping from all the way at the bottom of the screen which does something totally different. Trying to get the app icons onto the home screen into a shared bubble is almost like a video game. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
Update- this was fixed with system update: Something that's starting to happen that's concerning me is that I'm realizing it's rebooting and updating software nightly. Tonight it did it twice and wakes me up at 1:00 a.m. and then again it almost two with "hello Moto"after it's done updating. I don't know why it needs such frequent updates and I'm beginning to think it's a bit of a glitch. This would be the second phone that I had from Amazon in a row that seems glitchy so I'm not sure if these phones are new or used and refurbished. Hopefully these are all about some setting I need to figure out how to adjust.
I just needed to upgrade my phone. I used to have a moto g7 plus and it was starting to freeze, glitch, and was lacking storage space. I deleted hundreds of media files, pictures, apps, and backed up downloads, but no matter my efforts, my phone was still low on storage. It also said that my phone was susceptible to viruses (like every piece of technology is) so I downloaded an anti-virus software, a VPN, and a number of other apps that had reviews promising to fix the problem, but it didn't do anything for me. An upgrade was my last option. This newer moto is so much better! It includes a stylus, a better camera, more storage space, and it accepts the sim card from my previous moto so it was a steal. I'm still waiting on the case, but I got the camera and screen protector and they work like a charm. Everything was included and I was able to transfer all of my apps, backgrounds, and backed up photos and contacts from my last phone without any trouble. I still have to sign into everything and remember passwords, but luckily I found a notepad app that backed up all my passwords to the cloud so that isn't a problem either. I'm still waiting to see if the 2 day battery holds up. So far from what I've seen, the battery drains pretty fast. It goes down about 2% every 5 minutes. I haven't charged the phone since I unpackaged it, but the rate that the battery is draining isn't very promising. Despite that one minor setback, the phone is great and has worked perfectly for everything else. It's so much more refreshing to have a phone that will take pictures without glitching and deleting them or can open websites without completely exiting google and sending me to my home screen. Overall, I'm happy with the purchase. I hope this phone has a couple of years in it so I don't have to upgrade again any time soon.
Edit: the phone goes through a software update every single night and I have to restart it every single morning. I thought I would wait to see if it only updated because of all the new sign ins and media I had to add, but it hasn't stopped. I'm not too unhappy because updates aren't bad, it's just getting frustrating having to constantly restart the phone and wait for the update to finish before I can use my phone for the day. Which also means some of my alarms get delayed and it's mildly inconvenient.
Like: great visuals, crisp colors, fast response. Click on an icon or a website and you're there NOW! Has all of the motion features I like: chop to turn the flashlight, twist wrist to access the camera, etc. Especially good is the wireless app and data transfer feature. Moto learned a lesson from the iphones. All my data and most of my apps were transferred over from my old phone, except a couple. Like most Motos it is feature rich. The stylus is ok, but more of a gimmick to me than really useful, but others may like it. The fingerprint feature is great!
Dislikes; the battery started out as long lasting (about 2 days) but now it's less than 24 hours. Granted, it may be that I spent a LOT of time tweaking it to my liking, and I DO spend a lot of time on it, but still, I had to recharge it after only 18 hours use this morning. Pretty bad for a phone that touted a 2 day battery. Also, the phone automatically downloaded a plethora of security and OS updates. It now runs on Android 11. That took a couple of days for Cricket and Moto update their systems. Geez!
I'm not going to return it. Even with the dismal battery life, it's still better than my Samsung A02S. It remains to be seen if the battery life improves after all of the setup activity is done
Moto G Stylus 2021 is a great "Budget" phone and it performs and look slightly better than its prequel Moto G Stylus from last year. I have both phones and like them very much. You should strongly consider this phone if you don't need NFC, 5G, and AMOLED, and high price tag.
Now there is catch. Apparently Verizon is moving away from 3G. When it's 3G network will be shutdown completely is still to be determined by the company. Somehow, Motorola also decided to remove the 3G CDMA radio from the new Moto G Stylus 2021 phone. As such, you may not be able to receive text messages if you are on the Verizon network. The solution is simply to call Verizon to add "CDMA-less" feature to your line. Once that is done, everything will be using LTE afterwards.
The chat feature in the Messages app can also affect the phone to receive incoming messages from the users also have the chat feature enabled on their phones. Make sure the chat feature is successfully connected if you have it enabled in your new phone. The Messages' chat feature is a Google thing and is similar to Apple's iMessage.
Also if you're going to use the same SIM card from your previous phone, make sure to disable the chat feature before you remove the SIM card from your previous phone. Without doing so will cause the chat feature to fail to connect in your new phone. According to the chat feature FAQ, it may take up to 8 days before the system to disassociate the chat feature from your previous phone. Luckily there is a portal (check the FAQ) you can go to force the chat feature to be disassociated from your previous phone. But it will still take some time (an hour or two) for the chat feature on your new phone to be successfully connected.
Really good value. Stylus isn't just for doodling either. It's nice to have for web browsing if you have fat fingers because you can easily tap the right link the first time every time.
Of course, as "value oriented" offering, this phone doesn't quite have it all. For instance it lacks wireless charging and NFC. While it has a good-sized battery and USB-C charging, lack of the latest fast charging protocols means it won't fill that battery as quickly as many others. And while I know the Snapdragon 678 processor is generally fine, it only has 4GB of RAM behind it, so if you're a power user, some of your apps and tabs will die in the background and have to reload. And depending on what you do and how often you backup, 128 GB might be limiting, or it might be fine.
Overall, the two biggest "sore thumb" sticking points that non-nerds should consider about this phone are the lack of wireless charging (you can still plug in, but if you're used to it, it's a step backwards), and especially the lack of NFC, which is not a new protocol and is needed for apps that do things like opening hotel doors and other electronic locks, and for contactless pay by phone schemes like Google Pay. For many, especially if you work a job that makes use of NFC locks and tags, no NFC might be the deal-breaker.
If you can overlook those two (glaring in 2021) omissions, and don't need 5G yet (and you probably don't for a few more years), this the 2021 Moto G Stylus is a powerhouse at its price point.
I purchased this phone for my dad who likes how heavy and solid it is. It works well for him. He doesn't use a lot of apps to kill his battery. If you use a lot of apps this phone might not be for you. Battery goes from 100% to 50% pretty quickly. It's not the best phone for me because I play a lot of music and use fitness apps when I workout.