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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.
Like operating system & easy to use. Split screen and gestures work well. Large capacity for storage. Occasionally laggy when playing games, but maybe my wifi too. Hate the stylus. Replaced twice in 2 months. Wears out quickly. Tend to use store bought ones instead, which defeats the purpose of the stylus phone, but...
This is a nice phone. It's much bigger than my moto g7. I need two hands to text when I'm not using the one-handed feature. Camera is good, I don't have difficulty focusing it like I did on the g7. The fingerprint sensor on the power button is very sensitive. I'm hoping it will stay that way. I think having it on the power button is better than having it on the back because I'm not constantly touching it. The battery life is not the full 2 days that the listing claims it is. I've been using it for about 2.5 hours and it's already at 65% (watching videos, reading, messaging). Set-up was easy, transferring my sim card to this phone was hassle free. I like that it comes with the pin you use to open the slot for the sim card. The stylus is fun to play with. It writes well, I haven't had any trouble with it. I think this is a great cell phone, especially for the price. However, I fell for the "2 day battery life" part and it's not entirely accurate. It is a quick charge though.
Everything works great on the phone including the camera. It works like a phone I paid at least 2-3x the price. I don't know how this will work in few years but for now, it is working fantastic. Only gripe is that it is huge phone, but I knew that going in. It is like buying a big truck to go offroading and complaining about how much room it takes in your garage. It is a serious phone that is fast and reliable. The sound quality is very good. The speakers are very loud. The picture quality is good enough. Battery is good.
This is a good Smart phone overall. there is one thing that happens randomly and that is I will receive a call but the screen will not display who is calling. The phone just rings and i cant answer it or see who is calling. This happens 1 out of 20 calls so it isn't a major problem.
I bought this to replace an older motorola phone - mostly based on the information on the web that this manufacturer has a dedicated migration software (as many others do); but could not find this software anywhere. Motorola support agent said that the software was discontinued, because other software options are available - but would not recommend anything!! So their support is not very good. Other than that - it is a phone :-). It works.