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Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)

Informr score
The Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021) currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review


With the Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021), Motorola made the improvements over last year’s model that it needed to keep the phone relevant. While it doesn’t bring the phone up to the standard set by other mid-range phones, it’s still a solid device that will do everything the average phone user might need it to and one of the cheapest options on the market with stylus support.

What's good

  • Respectable performance
  • Decent cameras
  • It comes with a stylus

What's bad

  • No NFC
  • Only one guaranteed upgrade
  • No waterproof rating

Motorola’s 2021 lineup has released, expanding their family of affordable phones. There have been ups and downs in the Motorola lineup. The Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021) promises a lot. But what does it offer the average user besides a stylus?


The Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021) has a sleek and simple look that hovers between last year's Motorola Moto G Stylus and the Motorola One. While the rear panel is plastic, reviewers felt that it could pass for glass.

Motorola placed the power button and volume rockers on the device’s right side, with the power button doubling as a fingerprint sensor. Reviewers said the scanner worked okay, but the positioning was awkward at times. The speaker, headphone jack, and charging port are all on the bottom of the phone.


The new Moto G Stylus (2021) display gets an upgrade to a 6.8-inch LCD screen. According to reviewers, the screen was bright enough and had good contrast but fell short of most phones releasing in 2021. Outdoors, however, is another story. If you’re using the Motorola Moto G Stylus outside, you’ll have to crank the brightness to its fullest, and even then, it’s only just visible enough.


Motorola opted for an upgraded chipset in the 2021 Moto G Stylus model, and reviewers agreed that makes a noticeable difference. The phone’s speed satisfied most, allowing for the occasional game session or popping between a few apps to keep up with things throughout the daily painlessly.

Software & Storage

While the phone ships with the latest version of Android -- Android 11 -- Motorola has only committed to one major version upgrade for the Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021). Reviewers question how that will impact how the phone ages.

Over the top of Android, you’ll find a customized overlay that adds some extra gestures, such as the chop activation for the flashlight and twist action for launching the camera. Reviewers found most gestures accurate and easy to use.

128GB also isn’t too bad for the price. Should you need more, the phone supports MicroSD storage expansion.


The 48MP rear camera performed well enough in the right conditions, helped by the 8MP ultra-wide lens. It technically comes with a 2MP macro lens, but reviewers questioned its overall usefulness. The 16MP selfie camera does pretty well too. However, it suffers in low light conditions and tends to over sharpen some areas and underexpose others.

Battery Life

Longevity is one of the Moto G Stylus (2021)’s strongest features. While the battery won't win in a fight with its sibling, the Motorola Moto G Power (2021), it offers more than enough juice to last a day. It also supports 18W TurboCharging and manages to charge fully within an hour.


There’s only a single speaker on the Moto G Stylus (2021). As such, it won’t blow you away on the audio front. But using headphones (either 3.5mm or Bluetooth) offers an instant boost in audio quality, and most would probably prefer privacy as well.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.8-inch LCD
  • Qualcomm SDM678 Snapdragon 678 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 128GB of storage with a MicroSD expansion option
  • 48MP, 8MP ultra-wide Lens, and 16MP selfie camera
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Ergonomic stylus

Bottom Line

With the Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021), Motorola made the improvements over last year’s model that it needed to keep the phone relevant. While it doesn’t bring the phone up to the standard set by other mid-range phones, it’s still a solid device that will do everything the average phone user might need it to and one of the cheapest options on the market with stylus support.

Phone Arena says, “After the Moto G Stylus’s unexpected success, Motorola was smart to release a follow-up this quickly. This time, the company has managed to double up on the model’s strengths and add some welcome upgrades, making for a formidable midranger.”

Tech Radar states, “Ultimately, there’s a lot here that feels similar, but the upgrades feel worth it for anyone who wants a modern phone with stylus functionality – and the extra functionality in the software is promising.”

Operating system
Operating system
2.2 GHz
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
48+ MP, f/1.7
48+ MP, f/1.7
4000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


If you're looking for a good budget phone that comes with a basic stylus and support for 5G, then the Moto G Stylus 5G is there for you. It has features more expensive phones lack, including a headphone jack, expandable storage (up to 1TB) and great battery life. It also comes with a charging cable...

- Patrick Holland, Cnet
The Verge
The Verge

Moto G Stylus is a well-rounded budget phone that also happens to have a stylus. Of Motorola’s 2021 budget devices that I’ve tested so far, this one offers the best balance of features and cost-saving measures. It has a big display, stylus features, good battery life, and solid everyday performance....

- Allison Johnson, The Verge
PC Magazine
PC Magazine

Over the past several years, Motorola’s G-series phones have consistently received high scores and often earned our Editors’ Choice award. Sadly, the G Stylus merits neither. With the exception of its problematic screen, there’s almost no significant change. The hardware is nearly identical to what...

- Steven Winkelman, PC Magazine

The Moto G Stylus 2021 builds on its predecessor in every way, offering the best stylus experience at a low price. While other budget phones beat it on price and battery, the G Stylus 2021 is a well-rounded handset with enough classy touches and good specs to compete with pricier devices. While the...

- David Lumb, TechRadar
Android Police
Android Police

For a specific user I can see how this phone makes a lot of sense. If you're buying hard into this "my phone is a notebook" idea, the combination of the built-in stylus and this very large screen can make for a compelling pair. It's not necessarily for me, but if that use-case really resonates with...

- Stephen Schenck, Android Police

Prices (Where to Buy)

Common Questions

The Moto G Stylus (2021) price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021) prices from around the web here on The Informr.

Motorola backs up the Moto G Stylus (2021) with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

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Screen Size

The Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)'s screen size is 6.8 inches with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM678 Snapdragon 678 (11 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ MP, f/1.7 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery.

Moto G Stylus (2021) Specs

Release Date January 13, 2021
Regions Available USA
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SDM678 Snapdragon 678 (11 nm) Octa-core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable, Stylus
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
48+ Megapixels, f/1.7
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Night mode, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (8 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), 3rd camera feature (2 MP, F2.2, Macro), 4th camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Depth), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
16+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Pixel Density 386 pixels
Size 6.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Aurora Black, Aurora White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.98 x 7.79 x 0.9 cm (6.7 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 213 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating Unknown
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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