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My Moto Z4 was reaching the end of its useful life, mostly due to an ever shorter battery life. I've had this phone for nearly 4 years, and it replaced the original Moto Z. As you might surmise, I like the Moto line of phones.
My criteria for a new phone was simple: 1. Must have +6GB RAM 2. Must have +128GB of internal storage 3. Must have micro SD storage capability 4. Must have excellent battery capacity 5. Must have earphone jack 6. Must have a decent processor 7. Must have Android no more than on version old. 8. Must be OEM unlocked for the USA 9. Must not require a second mortgage to purchase. 10. Must be 5G capable.
With the plethora of phones out on the market, you'd think there would be countless options...but no, there aren't. The one phone I kept coming back to during my months long research was the Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G.
I finally pulled the trigger a week ago and, after seven days of real world use, I have to say that I am impressed and pleased. The phone runs smoothly and performs all of the needed tasks I need throughout the day: email, texting web searches, phone calls and maybe some twittering along the way.
I've noticed only a few stutters along the way, when I've had 20 web pages loaded in Chrome, for instance and constantly switching from one tab to another. The processor on this phone is a Snapdragon 750G, which is very capable but, like any thing, if you overload it, it may show some slight stutter when scrolling, but it has been rare and not really an issue for me.
Now...the battery. Impressive! I use the phone most heavily in the morning as I begin my day. I'm up at 7 a.m. and by noon I was at 78% capacity. by the time I plugged in at around 9 p.m. I still had almost 50%.
Now, if you're streaming youtube videos, etc., you can expect a more rapid drain, but the battery in this phone is as large as anything you'll find in any other phone on the market.
The phone size is surprisingly sleek, with a screen almost a 1/2" taller than my Moto Z4. Android 12 presents a learning curve, having come from Android 10, but I'm getting used to it and I'm sure in another week or so it will be second nature. Motorola keeps its Android branch as close to stock as you can get. The Moto gestures are a huge benefit that I've come to rely on over the years, so I'm glad I found a phone in the Moto line.
I was skeptical about the whole stylus feature and, to be honest, I've not had the need to use it so far. I've played with it and it's easy and intuitive to use. I can foresee a time when I'll need to write a quick note, and this is ultimately better than searching for a pen and scrap of paper that you might wind up losing. It's totally unobtrusive, but it's there if you need it and easily accessible. I view this as more of an added feature that I'll be happy to have when needed, but out of the way.
I like this phone so much I'm going to purchase another one for my wife. I've tried it with both T-Mobile and Verizon sim cards and the phone is right at home with either service.
Motorola has hit the nail on the head for performance, features, and affordability. I hope Motorola continues developing and producing phones like this. I'll remain a loyal customer if they do, and will recommend this particular phone for anyone asking "What is the best, affordable phone on the market."!
It is an agreeable phone at $200 and I'd say as far as $350. Doesn't really have that 2 day guarantee like I expected, but it could be the cold, which I'll bring up later.
It isn't a huge phone, and is slim, so if you're kind of clutzy, maybe grab a case or one of those backside pop ups. The screen, display, resolution, etc is all pretty nice. It's a comfortable with quality viewing. Haven't played too intensive of games, but so far everything runs on med-high for various games.
Camera is kind of meh, if I were to be honest it takes no better; but at times worse than an older Samsung I had that was only $150 and dual camera. I expected from the hooplah about quad camera it could take some impressive shots of the scenery, but I am left in a lot of desire for the price and promise.
Connectivity and blue tooth I have no complaints or issues, standard for any Android.
All in all, I'm satisfied with the phone and condition. My largest complaint is I live in Colorado, this phone is less than a week old. The temps are 20ish, but after being outside for only 5 minutes, the phone decided to shut off and didn't want to do anything at all for about 3 hours. I am not sure if that's a battery issue? I had an older 2018 Samsung phone and never did I have issues with it turning off, let alone for such an extended period of time. It is working perfectly fine now, as I type this review. But something to consider, it may not like the cold. Overall, for $200, it's a pretty decent phone.
One of the basic features that all my Samsung smartphones all the way going back to the note 1 has always had and that is if you are at home using your Wi-Fi or anywhere using a Wi-Fi you don't need to be pulling data from your Carrier! So it's like the iphones that you'd better have unlimited data or else you're gonna learn very quickly that you are gonna run out of data pretty quickly so you better find the spot to turn off carrier data, you have to drag down the menu from the top of the screen and then you have to click on network and Internet then you have to click on the toggle switch to actually turn off data From your Carrier.I do not understand why This Motorola very advanced phone very nice phone actually there's nothing I don't like about it except it does not allow you to put in a code and not hit enter. So with my Samsung phone I can set it up to say yeah don't don't make me hit enter, just put in my code and it will unlock. So if you can live without those 2 features there is not a better phone out there. I'm finding it difficult to live without them! SIGH
I'm sold on Motorola Cell Phones. My last phone was a moto G7 Power. Unfortunately, I guess it didn't like falling in the toilet. Everything still worked on it, but charging it became a real challenge. Thee phone before that was a moto G5+. This phone I could not pass up, being half the price - reg $399, on sale for $199 PROs: Stylus Very inexpensive 256 GB storage, 6GB RAM 5G Unlocked, both CDMA and GSM 2.2Ghz Octacore processor 4 lens camera: 48MP main lens, Depth lens, macro lens, ultra wide angle lens CONS Too Big!
Update 01/08/2023 (10 days after I received it) I had a very, very difficult time getting the stylus out. I had to use the tip of my pocket knife to pull it out. Once out, I worked the retractor. It would not go in and out like it used to, like the clicker of a ball point pen. Then, looking carefully, I noticed the small stem was bent. Trying to straighten it, it broke. Great! Now what do I do?
Update: 01/10/2023, Yesterday, I called Motorola's "Technical Help" 3 times. Basically I was told, the Stylus was not covered by warranty, a replacement would be $20. I called today. Talked to a more knowledgeable man. I'm being mailed a replacement stylus.
I bought this 6MB unlocked Motorola phone when I was forced to get a new phone because of the network change. This phone has the most storage I could find and I love that it had six megabytes of RAM and the stylus. I also love that it was unlocked. Compared to other sellers, the price was pretty good. I like the idea of going with a different carrier then boost because I knew I could get a better price per month. That being said I want up returning this phone unused because boost offered me a free phone that only cost me $82. :D So it's the same version of the phone but it is locked to boost it's only four megabytes of RAM and it's half the memory built in. That's unfortunate because internal memory seems to be what I need most. But with tax this phone would have cost me $370 vs $82 and the store threw in a free case and screen protector to help offset the cost. But I love the phone I got even with its four megabytes of RAM. The screen is crisp and clear it's a nice size in my hand and the screen size is very good. I love having the stylist it takes an SD card which is also a deal breaker I had to have that. I think sound is good I don't have to use an external speaker if it's not convenient. I enjoy watching TV shows on Amazon prime and YouTube videos. I like the gesture features I really like being able to shake the phone twice to turn on my flashlight and I like being able to use three fingers to take a screenshot. I can't completely judge the camera because I haven't read all the instructions yet about how to use it. Also I haven't printed anything out. As far as the camera goes taking a picture with your phone from your pocket and having the picture on your phone I think it's just fine but I never had a problem or a gripe with any phone camera. As far as I can tell it does not have a music player I did download one but I couldn't get it to work after the first time. I have not yet fiddled with that again since. Unfortunately I can't attest to whether the unlocked on this phone works because I never used that. But as far as having a phone that's quick and responsive and looks and feels good having a nice size screen clear bright good sound quality having the stylus there if you want it, I like the way it organizes the apps. It also still has an actual headphone jack which I like having there in case I want it even though I just did buy new Bluetooth headphones and they work well with this phone. It also synchronizes fine with my car for phone calls. I have just recently noticed some trouble doing things on the phone that I thought I could do before and now I have to use my computer to do them I don't know if this is something weird going on with the phone or the internet or what? I don't want to blame it on the phone if it is not the phone's fault but I also wanted to mention it in case it is a problem and you wonder why I didn't say so. I think if you get this phone you will like it. I would prefer this version here on Amazon to the one I have because of the more RAM and more storage. But as far as actual features and functions of the phone I think it's great.
Sorry Samsung lovers, this phone is way better for a fraction the price. The Galaxy S22 battery was nearly dead in about 3 hours with almost no usage, this one holds up to a day with heavy use and a day and half with nearly no use. they s pen doesn't have the Galaxy "click" mode but so what, at less than $400 this phone is my go to, but keep in mind the 2021 actual has longer battery life and faster processor than the 2022 although the 2022 does have some more bells and whistles. Great camera, sound, screen image.
The Moto G Power Stylus 5G was given mixed reviews as a $500 phone. I got this for $199. New not renewed. The storage, the camera, Android 12 upgrade, but it's the battery life. Truly 3 days 100% to 0% if you wanted to do that. I never use the stylus, it doesn't interest me, I guess it'd come in handy for DocuSign. If you can still get this phone for what I paid for it, I urge you to buy it if you need a phone.
I just set up my Moto G Stylus 5G (2021) phone and successfully transferred my Tracfone account into it. The important factor to be aware of is that TracFone is owned by Verizon now, so it's my understanding that only Verizon will be used as the carrier for TracFone service. So make sure that you purchase the Verizon version of the $5 "Bring your own phone" sim card kit if you intend to do the same.
This unlocked phone is compatible with TracFone because it supports the necessary CDMA and LTE specifications. When you get your sim card kit, it comes on a small credit card sized plastic sheet. Simply break the seams on the card until you have the smallest form factor (nano) and have it ready...I called Tracfone Customer Service and the representative guided me through the whole process, including testing the phone's abilities to make and receive calls and text messages. I'm really happy with my purchase!
Some other important details - this phone has limitations on the power level of the charger that can be used, so it's very important to use the factory charger so it doesn't overload the system. Also, you may be wondering if it's worth paying $100 more for the 2022 version of the Moto G Stylus 5G based on it's better screen and 120hz refresh rate. Of course that's a great improvement. but the 60hz screen on this phone looks fine and the newer 120hz specification uses more battery power. Based on that, I actually like the fact that this phone's battery might last longer on a full charge.
And finally, while going through the frustrations of choosing a protective case, I searched for a long time to find a slim, textured, hard plastic one that was similar to the case that I'd been using for a few years. So I settled on one that seemed very similar....I was thrilled and surprised to find out that the one I ordered is a genunine factory Motorola accessory! Here's the exact title of the Amazon listing - I chose the blue-gray version, which is just perfect...it's a medium gray color, contrary to what one reviewer states on that listing. There are certainly some cases that offer better protection, but this one is a pleasure to use...the phone fits comfortably in the pocket of my jeans. It's a really beautiful acessory for this phone!
Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2021) Protective Case- Precision fit Shock Absorbing Cases for Enhanced Phone Grip, Style, Drop Protection [NOT for G Stylus 2020, G Stylus 2021] Grey Blue
The good - Camera. After four months of use I'm delighted with the Moto5. I'm a photography fan and as such I was tracking with envy the latest iphone reviews, but decided not to spend $1000 on a phone. With resignation I bought this Motorola on a prime day for $220+tax. Recently I went on a trip to Holy Land and took my Sony a7rM2 with me. After two days and comparing pictures, I left the camera at the lodging and shot all the pictures with the Moto5. They are sharp and the editor is good enough to retouch them and share instantaneously. - Battery is still 60% full after one day of intense use of phone calls, texting, taking pictures and Google maps. Less good - I don't find much use of the stylus.
The phone that I got has a shiny emerald look that I almost want to take out the case but I want to protect it. The camera does beautiful work. Only downfall and reason for the loss of the star is when I put in on speaker phone it’s not as loud as I wish it was. Then again that could just be my issue because I like it to be louder.