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Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)
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6.2/10
Informr score
The Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022) currently has an Informr score of 6.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 5 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

If using the same name for all of your budget phones wasn’t enough of a drawback in so many ways, then Motorola layered the disappointment on very thick with the Moto G Stylus 2022.

What's good

  • Two-day battery
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • Useful stylus

What's bad

  • Comes with Android 11 instead of 12
  • Glitchy laggy performance
  • No wireless or fast charging
  • No NFC

Motorola decided to release upgraded versions of their budget phones, but what’s been added to these upgraded phones? Are they worth picking up, or do they fall victim to the common budget pitfalls of too many sacrifices to keep the prices low?

Design

Reviewers described the Motorola Moto G Stylus for 2022 as a very tall phone that won't work for every hand size. It has a stylus nestled into a silo at the bottom of the phone, making it easier to operate the rather large phone.

The power button and fingerprint scanner are the same, and reviewers stated it was a bit patchy when unlocking the phone.

Display

The Motorola Moto G Stylus 2022 comes with a 6.8-inch LCD which is a step up from the typical 720p screens in the past.

It also has a 90Hz refresh rate which wouldn’t mean too much except that it is not usually on a budget phone, so reviewers thought that was nice to see. The picture seems good and crisp with good color calibration.

Performance

Motorola may have failed a few different things with this phone, but the performance area was the biggest. If a phone doesn’t operate properly, it’s not worth having. For reviewers, there was constant lagging when loading apps. It seemed to stutter miserably to the point that the interest in using it fell flat pretty quickly.

Software & Storage

Somewhat unheard of for an Android device these days, the Motorola Moto G stylus comes with Android 11 instead of 12. Furthermore, they have only two years of updates guaranteed but nothing past Android 12. The phone comes with 128GB of storage with the option to expand up to 512GB with a MicroSD card.

Cameras

The phone has a triple camera array, but reviewers said the other two lenses weren’t really necessary because the 50MP primary lens is fine. Low light situations don’t photograph well but being a budget phone, that’s not all that surprising.

Battery Life

The battery life on the Moto G Stylus 2022 is one of the positive things to be said for the phone. Reviewers stated getting two days of use from a single charge. That’s good, considering there’s no wireless or fast charging available on this phone.

Audio

According to reviewers, the solitary speaker is on the bottom next to the charge port and the stylus silo, and it’s pretty bad sounding. So it’s likely best to plan to use headphones in any situation where audio quality matters.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.8-inch LCD
  • MediaTek Helio G88 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Android 11
  • 128GB of storage with a MicroSD expansion slot
  • 50+MP camera
  • 5000mAh battery

Bottom Line

Unfortunately, the Motorola Moto G stylus 2022 was a big disappointment. If it isn’t the stuttering performance, it’s the awkward shape and size of the phone. While the phone isn’t terrible per se, there’s little to no evidence of it being an upgrade, and in some ways, it’s even a slide backward.

Android Authority states, “Motorola's Moto G Stylus (2022) offers a few nice improvements but is ultimately a confusing sidestep where the welcome upgrades are canceled out by questionable downgrades and legacy issues. If you desperately need a budget phone with a built-in stylus, the Moto G Stylus 5G is a smarter buy.”

Tom’s Guide says, “The Moto G Stylus (2022) is an updated version of Motorola’s budget phone with a built-in stylus. But the latest model is marred by horrible performance, a bulky body, subpar cameras, 10W max wired charging, and no wireless charging.”


Android
Operating system
Operating system
Android
2 GHz
Processor
Processor
2 GHz
6.8"
Screen Size
Screen Size
6.8"
50+ MP, f/1.9
Camera
Camera
50+ MP, f/1.9
5000 mAh
Battery


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Verge
The Verge

You’re not going to find the Moto G Stylus on the shelves at a Verizon or T-Mobile store. The major carriers are far too interested in getting 5G phones into their customers’ hands to waste any of that valuable retail space on a 4G device. And it’s not all marketing bluster anymore; true 5G really i...

- Allison Johnson, The Verge
Android Authority
Android Authority

Motorola's Moto G Stylus (2022) offers a few nice improvements but is ultimately a confusing sidestep where the welcome upgrades are canceled out by questionable downgrades and legacy issues. If you desperately need a budget phone with a built-in stylus, the Moto G Stylus 5G is a smarter buy.

- Ryan Haines, Android Authority
Tom's Guide
Tom's Guide

The Moto G Stylus (2022) is an updated version of Motorola’s budget phone with a built-in stylus. But the latest model is marred by horrible performance, a bulky body, subpar cameras, 10W max wired charging, and no wireless charging.

- Jordan Palmer, Tom's Guide
ZDNet
ZDNet

The Moto G Stylus is a very interesting phone. It's the perfect affordable alternative for consumers who don't want to spend $1,200 on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra but seek the benefits of a stylus. At $299, the Moto is priced just right and offers a balanced, value-driven experience.

- June Wan, ZDNet
Wired
Wired

The best part of this phone remains the two-day battery life, thanks to the 5,000-mAh cell. It's nice not having to recharge it every night. You also get a headphone jack, MicroSD card slot to expand the 128-GB storage, and a reliable fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button on the phone's ri...

- Julian Chokkattu, Wired


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022) prices 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. Motorola's suggested retail price is $299.99. You can compare Moto G Stylus (2022) prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Motorola backs up the Moto G Stylus (2022) with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Moto G Stylus (2022) has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.8"

The Motorola Moto G Stylus (2022)'s screen size is 6.8 inches with 1080 x 2460 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a MediaTek Helio G88 (12nm) Octa-core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

Camera
50+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 50+ MP, f/1.9 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera useful for video chat and self portraits.

Storage
128 GB

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

Battery
5000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5000 mAh battery.

Moto G Stylus (2022) Specs

Overview
Release Date February 3, 2022
Regions Available USA
Operating System Android 11

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Processor MediaTek Helio G88 (12nm) Octa-core 2 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable, Stylus
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
GPS Type A-GPS
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)
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
50+ Megapixels, f/1.9, Wide
8+ Megapixels, f/2.2, Ultrawide
2+ Megapixels, f/2.4, Depth
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time lapse mode, Macro, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
16+ Megapixels, f/2.2
Additional Front Camera Info
No
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 2460 pixels
Pixel Density 396 pixels
Size 6.8 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, 90Hz refresh rate
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000 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 Up to 2880 minutes
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Twilight Blue, Metallic Rose
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.021 x 7.59 x 0.945 cm (6.7 x 3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 216 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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