A stylus smartphone is usually an option for professional artists and enthusiasts of drawing, but even if you’re not one and need the stylus for personal reasons such as accurate control & fewer forms, you’re in the right place.
Advantages of having a Stylus
1-A pointed stylus makes it easier to swap for expressions, emphasize text or sign digital documents.
2-No hand gymnastics while trying to hold your edge to the edge or lunette-less screen while attempting to use your broad fingers on the phone
3-You get better control over brush strokes, sketches, and painting on your computer with artist apps on smartphones and tablets.
There are not a lot of brands that make mobile phones that come with a stylus. We only found 3 brands in our research that had stylus-oriented apps. They are Samsung, LG, and Huawei. There weren’t many choices, too, but we had to pick the best ones for you, that’s why we’ve checked most of the devices and are finally here with the list! So, shall we begin?
1. Best Overall:
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung has tried to incorporate all things best into their flagship model with the Galaxy Note 10+. The panel was expanded to 6.8 inches until there is almost no bezel and with the AMOLED display things appear brighter and better. However, the pictures, texts and icons mat on Huawei’s Mate 20 tend to be sharper due to 3 sub-pixels in each pixel shown on its IPS.
The phone also features Snapdragon 855, one of the market’s most powerful processors, and 12 GB of RAM with a large battery to deliver all of that output. You could see a lot of similarities with the Galaxy S10 family in terms of specs. Using it though is a completely different experience thanks to the stylus of the S Pen. This stylus has a new design along with the tablet, and it has some new tricks up its sleeve.
The camera is one of the rare distinguishing features. The setup of the quad-camera is nice, and it clicks great photos. However, it is beaten by a wide margin by competition. The front camera is not only lacking in megapixels but also has a small aperture when it comes to other models like the Mate 20.
- Dustproof and waterproof with a depth rating of 1.5m.
- AMOLED screen shows true blacks and has Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
- The camera doesn’t deliver promising photos compared to other flagships.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Apart from the smaller screen, smaller battery and lower pixel density, Samsung hasn’t really skimmed a lot from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (which we’ve talked about above). But in both U.S. and global variants all from the processor is the same. Galaxy Note 10 is a clear winner in battery and charging technology, compared to most other phones in this Huawei and even LG list. You need to put it on a wireless charging hub with wireless charging without worrying about the cables. On this machine, the call quality scores another win with 3 microphones that catch your voice with little to no glitches or noise.
The Note 10 is optimally built for use with an S-pen, as is its big brother. Without the stylus, one-handed use can lead to poor user experience, especially when you reach the top for notifications. When it comes to camera output you get almost the same results as your bigger brother, the Note 10 +.
It is the same triple camera setup which does 3D scanning without the fourth one. If weighing real-world items isn’t your thing, you’re getting a lot more out of the Galaxy Note 10 with a price tag that’s over $100 lighter. A good camera setup means plenty of social media pics or some casual photography. Apps and heavy games often add significant stress to the room. The UFS 3.0 storage gives you a lag-free performance, however. For a few, the lack of a microSD slot might come as a deal-breaker. The base 256 GB storage should be sufficient for most, though.
- Fabulous design with an excellent display
- Can record slow-motion videos at an astonishing 960 FPS
Huawei Mate 20
It’s not easy to be a Middle Child. But the Huawei Mate 20 still dominates other flagships, although it was launched over the last year. Huawei hasn’t skipped on the Mate 20 in terms of performance relative to her older brother, the Mate 20 Pro. It’s got the same Huawei flagship processor, Kirin 980 with 8 cores aggregated into 3 clusters to turn from saving power to give you the requisite boost during heavy gaming.
The Mate 20 which loses out on pixel density compared to other phones on this list, but makes up for it with the 3 sub-pixels for clearer and crisp images on each of its pixels. It has a triple camera setup with an ultrawide, medium and telephoto lens like most flagships today. With the Leica lens, however, it sets itself apart and supports various types of autofocus including laser focus, contrast focus, and phase focus.
The phone comes with 128 gigs of data, 6 GB of RAM. If you want to save some of your cash, though, you might find the 4 GB RAM version. The nano memory card slot is another interesting storage feature on this one. Yup, Huawei launched those cards back a while and they come with a 256 GB minimum storage capacity. A likely win-win here.
- Super Charge support charges the phone within no time
- Video stabilization works great
- The top speaker isn’t loud enough
LG Q Stylo+
The LG Q Stylo+ was released in June 2018 and is a pretty impressive phone with good features to be included in this list. LG designed the Q series phones especially to make room for a phone with a stylus.
It’s a handy tool and this phone uses this tool to great effect. This stylus is a reliable tool if you like to doodle around in your free time or when you are waiting for someone or something. With this stylus, you can lock your phone, and still access memos. You can also use it to fine-tune and crop images or screenshots and even catch GIFs.
The phone runs on an Octa-Core processor of 1.5 GHz, and has 4 GB RAM. The internal storage is a decent 64 GB which can be extended up to 2 TB using a microSD card. It features a beautiful 16 MP camera in the back and a valuable 5 MP selfies front camera. The rear camera is capable of clicking good images using Portrait Mode and Phase Detection Auto Focus.
The fingerprint sensor is filled with added functionality-one touch on click images with the camera; two touches take screenshots at any time; you may even scroll through notifications. The phone has a display of 6.2′′ which is mostly a mirror and has a battery of 3300 mAh which has a good life.
- The 3300 mAh battery is too good for its capacity and can take you through the day once the phone is fully charged.
- This phone runs low on RAM
LG Electronics Stylo 4
The LG Electronics Stylo 4 was launched around the same time as the Galaxy Note 9, with the former priced at approximately 1⁄4th of the latter! When you use the two phones, there are major differences-one is a luxury high-end phone, while the other is a budget phone.
You can note that the clocking speed is the main difference in use, and this is because the Stylo 4 uses the backdated Snapdragon 450 processor. Compared to the needs of the present day, the 1.8 GHz speed is not up to the mark but, not that bad. This phone has some great features to boast off.
The Camera is one great feature of this machine. Note 9 fitted with an amazing dual-camera can’t be as good as this. The 13 MP single rear camera on this phone is a good shooter, though. You also get many features with the camera-Grid Shot to select collages of 4 photos; Match Shot to simultaneously use both front and rear cameras, and so on!
The stylus on this phone is another interesting feature. It’s a plain stick with a plastic top and isn’t as trendy as the Samsung stylus, but you can still tap into the usual tricks and treats. The useful stylus in Stylo 4 helps you to customize screenshots, capture GIF files, and access off-screen memos.
- Runs on a powerful 4000 mAh battery supporting the phone for a long time once charged.
- LG uses its own UI ingrained in android and comes with lots of bloatware
Cell phones with a stylus option are a good investment choice. It’s expanding a smartphone’s usefulness. Navigating via apps will not only become easier to access, but all other features will do so too!
With the advanced stylus in premium phones such as the Galaxy Note series, you can use the stylus to tap into a multitude of options, including clicking on selfies. The mediocre stylus in budget phones is also a handy tool, as it helps to easily navigate and search through your phones.