Phones with styluses: The best stylus phones of 2023

Best Phones With Stylus For Creators

A stylus significantly improves the functionality of a smartphone.

It is a sleek working device that gives the user full control over the phone. Compared to a mouse or a keyboard, (and also your finger), it is much easier to use.

The stylus pen has become one of the most important tools for creatives because it has a thinner and sharper pressure point that allows for precise work, especially when working on a small screen of a phone.

A good stylus like the S Pen helps artists create precise shapes and detailed artwork. And it also makes it easier to color in very small elements of a design.

Samsung’s S Pen is one of the most innovative styluses ever developed. It offers numerous features like Air Command and Air Actions, and even works as a remote control!

One of the reasons for the increase in Samsung smartphone sales is this stylus.

The pen’s increased pressure sensitivity, Air gestures, and ability to control the device remotely are very handy for content creators and designers.

Read more about the pen here.

Specifications of a Good Phone with a Stylus (for creatives)

Before you buy a phone with a stylus, consider some of these factors.

Check online reviews for the pen’s holder (docking slot). A poorly designed slot will break down the nib. Sometimes the stylus gets stuck due to an uneven fit. Avoid buying a device that has many complaints about similar problems.

Make sure that the brand and model of the stylus for your phone is easily available. It is easy to lose a stylus!

Also, pay attention to the type of stylus (pens). There are two types of styluses: active and passive.

Most passive styluses are battery-free and do not require a wireless connection to the phone. Since they are compatible with most smartphones, passive pens do not need to be part of the device.

Active pens, on the other hand, work with a Bluetooth connection. Compared to passive pens, active pens are considered more accurate because they have a wider range of features and better pressure sensitivity.

Below we have compiled a list of some of the best phones with a stylus.

Note – If your phone does not have a built-in stylus, these options will come in handy. Check them out. 

Ten Best Phones with Stylus for Creators

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the best stylus phone and also a complete device that features all you need for designing.

The integrated S Pen remains as intuitive as ever with up to 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and is packed with nifty features like off-screen memos, and smart select.

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With a massive 5000mAh battery, base storage expandable to 256GB, and a 6.8-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, the Galaxy S23 Ultra is a great phone for artists who do a lot of their designing and sketching on small screens.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 is another good phone with a stylus.  

Unlike the S23 Ultra, however, the Z Fold 4 comes with a regular stylus instead of the integrated S Pen. 

The Fold 4 offers a 7.6-inch main display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Its wide screen is also a pretty useful feature for artists.

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The device has multiple cameras, including a 50MP wide-angle camera, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 10MP camera with 3x optical resolution,

Furthermore, the Fold 4 features 12 GB RAM, 256/512 GB of storage depending on the variant, and a solid 4,400 mAh battery.

Moto G Stylus 5G

Motorola’s Moto G Stylus is a reasonably affordable phone in comparison to the Samsung models. 

The phone offers a pretty stable stylus experience with enhanced gesture controls. The notes app (or any other app you configure) will open up as soon as the stylus is removed from the phone.

A toggle switch is also launched simultaneously, which includes shortcuts for handy features like screenshots, etc.

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It has a 6.8-inch display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, 256 GB of primary storage, a large 5000 mAh battery, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

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TCL Stylus 5G

The TCL Stylus 5G, is another very successful model in the mid-range (affordable) smartphone market.

Even though the phone does not house most of the flagship features like wireless charging, and high RAM, the model comes with quality stereo speakers, a large 6. 8-inch vibrant display, and up to 128GB of expandable storage.

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Although the phone has certain drawbacks which include a low-quality camera quality, and lack of palm rejection when typing, the Stylus 5G is still a good buy for those looking for a quality Stylus phone without having to dig deep into their pockets.

SAMSUNG Galaxy S22 Ultra  

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a sturdy build, a nice design, and an excellent battery of 5,000 mAh. 

And it is equipped with the very popular S Pen (integrated), which comes with a variety of features to improve productivity and content production.

You can use the pen to write, edit photos and navigate with minimal wobble.

With a latency of > 2.8 milliseconds, each tap over the display results in an immediate input.

LG Stylo 6 

The LG Stylo 6 is another good option for budget smartphones with a stylus, offered at a pocket-friendly price of $200.

The device offers an impressive 6.8-inch full HD display and also allows the use of a virtually lag-free stylus.

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The 120-degree ultra-wide-angle cameras are also very good. The triple camera system captures the finest details and captures razor-sharp selfies.

The device has dual surround sound speakers, a robust 4000mAh battery, 3GB RAM, and 64GB of storage.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G and Note 10+

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G features unique square corners and a 6. 9-inch AMOLED display with a 120 Hz display.

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The Note 10 Plus has a quad camera, a long battery life, an Exynos 9825 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, and a Dynamic AMOLED display.

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As with previous Samsung Note devices reviewed above, the S Pen is the main selling point for both models.

S Pen has a response time of nine milliseconds that can be used for very fast writing, sketching, and drawing.

Additionally, it has a special built-in technology that keeps the pen connected over a distance of up to 30 meters. 

You can use it to take selfies, navigate through apps, and control audio and video functions.

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 with Slim Pen 2

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 is the flagship phone designed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 offering an affordable price. 

Duo 2 comes with a foldable screen and the popular Surface Slim Pen.

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The Surface Duo comes with 8GB RAM and a 16MP rear camera and a 12MP front camera.

Its display is a bit inferior in comparison to Fold 3. Also, the refresh rate of Duo 2 is 90Hz, while Fold 3 boasts 120Hz.

Honor Magic Vs Ultimate

The Magic Vs Ultimate smartphone, also known as Magic Vs Prestige Edition, is a brand new smartphone from Honor that supports a stylus.

The phone features a foldable screen and a cover screen. 

Note – The Stylus only supports foldable screens.

The smartphone runs Android 12 OS and supports Magic UI 7 customization and has a pretty attractive design. 

Honor’s 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and stylus makes basic designing, sketching, and drawing tasks very easy.

Final thoughts

The phones with styluses discussed above are the best in the market and very useful for content creation and basic designing.

Samsung is the absolute leader with its S Pen and has almost half of the market share. 

For other designing and content creation tools like tablets, and iPads check out our resources here. 

Steve Jobs was wrong.

Having a stylus for your phone is great

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Back in the day, before the iPhone, there were a plethora of personal digital assistant (PDA) devices that had styluses. Whenever you pulled out that stylus from your Palm or other PDA, you may have felt cool, and people would think, “Wow, that guy means serious business.”

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  • A less smudged screen and easier navigation
  • You can be more precise
  • Great for handwriting or sketching on the go
  • Easy picture-taking and other media control
  • It’s really just about the convenience

But when Steve Jobs took the stage for the original iPhone reveal back in 2007, one of the things he said was, “Who wants a stylus? You have to get ‘em, put ‘em away, you lose ‘em. ” Ever since the iPhone introduced smart multitouch displays that needed only your finger, pretty much every other smartphone company followed suit.

These days, it’s hard to find a smartphone that still has a stylus. In fact, off the top of my head, the only ones that really come to mind right now are the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the Moto G Stylus 5G (2023) that I recently reviewed.

I’ve been an iPhone user for over a decade, and I’ve only been dipping my toes in the world of Android for less than a year. But after my time with Motorola’s Moto G Stylus 5G, I realized something. I actually like having a stylus! Here’s why.

A less smudged screen and easier navigation

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Jobs had a point — the best pointing device in the world is our fingers, and we don’t need any extra accessories when we have 10 of them built into our hands. But I’m on my iPhone 14 Pro most of the day, especially when I’m trying to complete the monthly quest pass in my Disney Emoji Blitz game, and I have noticed one thing: my phone’s screen is absolutely gross by the end of the day. It’s covered with smudges that match up with all of the swipes and taps that I do when playing or just using my phone regularly.

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I can’t be the only one out here with a smudged-up screen after a few hours, right? I often find myself furiously trying to wipe away the smudges on my shirt or leggings when I’m out and about, only to sometimes just end up with a cloudier screen (if it makes any difference, I use a screen protector). At home, I tend to use my Whoosh cleaning cloths multiple times a day to get a pristine screen again.

With the Moto G Stylus 5G, I noticed that after primarily using the stylus for navigation, the screen would be less smudged up than if I were to use my fingers. It ends up looking cleaner after extended use, and there are fewer times I need to wipe the screen throughout the day. Basically, one less thing I need to worry about, though I do have to remember to put the stylus back in the slot (but that hasn’t been a problem for me).

You can be more precise

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Sometimes I feel like I have “fat finger syndrome,” where I accidentally tap on something that was next to what I intended to tap on. This is especially true if the developers of apps made the target tap zone smaller than it should be.

With a stylus, I’ve found that it’s harder to make those accidental taps on things because the finer tip of the stylus is more precise. It’s easier for me to close out of those annoying pop-up ads in mobile games and websites, for example, because sometimes I accidentally tap on the advertisement itself, which I never want.

And while I’m not a heavy mobile gamer these days, there are definitely certain games that benefit from the precision that a stylus offers — especially if you have the Galaxy S23 Ultra with the S Pen.

Great for handwriting or sketching on the go

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Handwriting feels like a lost art these days. I hardly ever pull out a pen and piece of paper now, but I used to love writing with a high-quality pen in a fancy notebook. In fact, I don’t handwrite anything enough anymore, so when I actually do need to write something, it feels like chicken scratches.

I think using the Moto G Stylus 5G made me kind of reminisce about those days when I used to use a pen and paper. When you pull the stylus out of the Moto G Stylus 5G, it automatically brings up a menu of shortcuts that would benefit from the stylus, including an empty note. I’ve found myself just pulling the stylus out when I’m bored sometimes just to sketch or doodle, and if I need to write something down, I like the feel of jotting it down with the stylus. It might seem silly, but it’s one of those things I can’t quite replicate the same way with a fingertip.

It’s also just convenient to have a smartphone with a stylus so you can easily sign any documents digitally. Yes, it’s something that is easier to do on a larger screen device like a tablet, but what if you don’t have your tablet on you? Having a phone with a stylus would be great for those times you have to electronically sign a document.

Easy picture-taking and other media control

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Though I don’t have experience with it myself, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra’s S Pen has several different remote features, including photo capture, media playback, using certain app actions, and even unlocking your device via the stylus.

I love the idea of having a stylus be used as a way to capture photos, mostly. I have small hands, so the large phone sizes these days can make taking a selfie a struggle for me. Even my iPhone 14 Pro, which is the smallest iPhone size, is pretty difficult if I didn’t have a PopSocket on. I would love to be able to just hold the phone with one hand and then press a button on a stylus in my other hand to capture a selfie because then I don’t have to try finger gymnastics or keep turning the timer on.

Though the main draw for me would be the photo taking, the S Pen also having the other functionality is nice too. I can imagine just scribbling down something or just using the S Pen for navigation, and with a push of the button on the stylus, I can play or pause my audio without skipping a beat.

It’s really just about the convenience

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I feel like I’m in the minority here, especially among my colleagues. But using a phone with a stylus — even a budget one that doesn’t have the fancy active stylus features of the S23 Ultra S Pen — made me appreciate having one around.

Personally, I just like the precision they offer, fewer smudges all over my screen, and the lost art of just handwriting or doodling on the go without a full-fledged tablet. And if you go all out with the S Pen, just being able to use it as a remote control for multiple functionalities just seems like a nice feature to have.

Jobs may have hated styluses and convinced everyone else to think that way, too, for the most part, but maybe they should come back.

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The best smartphones with a stylus in 2023: top rating However, the cost of the touch device in the presence of a stylus increases.

And yet, several models are still on sale. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

The flagship version of the Galaxy Note 20 line is called Ultra. What is interesting in it?

This is an evolution of the previous generation smartphone. For example, it uses a 6.9-inch screen (previously used 6.8-inch), 120 Hz support has appeared, and the processor is a completely new Samsung Exynos 990.

As for the camera, it is now capable of shooting at 108 MP, but much more interesting is the fact that the quality of photographs has grown compared to the previous generation model, and mostly taken at night.

And the stylus? He has not gone away, while now responds even faster to touching the screen. Since this is a flagship, it has fast charging, wireless, water protection, cool stereo sound, and much more …

  • Screen size: 6.9″
  • Screen resolution: 3088×1440
  • Weight: 208 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 990
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4500 mAh
  • Rear camera: 108/12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 10 MP
  • Memory card support: yes

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Externally, it is difficult to distinguish the Galaxy S23 Ultra from the previous generation model, since all the main changes are hidden inside.

First of all, of course, this is a new processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2, which completely replaced Exynos (relevant at the time of this writing). The amount of RAM is up to 12 GB, the built-in memory is up to 1 TB. There are typical flagship features like IP68 water resistance, stereo sound, fast and wireless charging, a very cool 120Hz display, etc. The stylus is very fast, it hides inside the case.

Rear camera with 4 lenses. Three of them, including two telephoto and “super-wide” got from the S22 Ultra, but the main one is completely new with a resolution of 200 MP! It shoots very well, it is one of the best camera phones on the market.

  • Very powerful processor
  • 200 megapixel camera
  • Very high speed
  • Smart display
  • All flagship chips
  • Stylus available

Cons

  • Too big
  • Cost
  • Screen size: 6.8″
  • Screen resolution: 3088×1440
  • Weight: 234 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB, 512 GB, 1024 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB, 12 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 200/12/10/10 MP
  • Front camera: 12 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra received a stylus in the kit, which is hidden in the case. Interestingly, the S22 Ultra received its own unique design, so you definitely won’t be able to confuse the device with other S22 series smartphones. This is, if you like, a real successor to the Note line.

Before us is not a revolutionary device, but an evolutionary one – everything has become a little better here. For example, an unparalleled 6.8-inch screen with a peak brightness of 1750 nits and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. A very powerful platform based on the Samsung Exynos 2200 chipset is used. A version with 1 TB of main memory and 12 GB of internal memory is available (most often you can find a version with 8 GB of RAM on board). It has great stereo speakers, fast and wireless charging, and IP68 water resistance.

The camera received 4 modules: the main one, ultra wide-angle and two at once – for zoom. Needless to say, what we have before us is one of the best camera phones that is on the market?

  • Powerful
  • Excellent camera phone
  • Stylus
  • Magnificent screen

Cons

  • Not the best battery life
  • No memory card slot
  • Screen size: 6. 8″
  • Screen resolution: 3088×1440
  • Weight: 228 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 2200
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 108/12/10/10 MP
  • Front camera: 40 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Surprised? Not worth it. Whether Samsung will return to the Note line is not yet known for sure, so the company decided to go the other way: it introduced a stylus that can be purchased separately, and only the older Ultra version supports it in the S21 line. And since there is no place for a stylus inside the smartphone case, cases have been developed that have a mount for this accessory.

Galaxy S21 Ultra is the absolute flagship smartphone. It received an excellent case design, premium materials, one of the world’s best 6. 8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X mobile displays with 120 Hz support, a top platform based on the Samsung Exynos 2100 chip. The amount of RAM is different, a version with as much as 16 GB of RAM is available .

The camera is flagship, it received 4 sensors: the main one, ultra-wide angle and two telephoto lenses at once. There is water protection, fast and wireless charging, stereo sound.

  • Screen size: 6.8″
  • Screen resolution: 3200×1440
  • Weight: 228 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 2100
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 108/12/10/10 MP
  • Front camera: 40 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 8/256GB

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is a younger and cheaper smartphone.

If we talk about the chipset, the components are the same: Samsung Exynos 990, the amount of memory has not changed – 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of ROM. At the same time, this model has a different design (instead of glass at the back – a glass and plastic panel), a smaller screen (6.7 inches) without support for a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and a slightly simpler camera.

At the same time there is a fast and wireless charging, a fast stylus, IP68 moisture protection, an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.

  • Screen size: 6.7″
  • Screen resolution: 2400×1080
  • Weight: 195 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 990
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4300 mAh
  • Rear camera: 64/12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 10 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G 8/256GB DS (Snapdragon)

the market is still irrelevant.

The rest is the same Galaxy Note 20.

  • Screen size: 6.7 inches
  • Screen resolution: 2400×1080
  • Weight: 195 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4300 mAh
  • Rear camera: 64/12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 10 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 12/256GB

One of the coolest smartphones on the market – and that’s not even including the stylus! As with other smartphones in the series, the latter is hidden inside the case.

This is the older version, which received a large 6.8-inch display, the most powerful Samsung Exynos 9825 processor and as much as 12 GB of RAM in the specified version.

Supports fast and wireless charging, IP68 water resistance, great sound from headphones and speaker.

Some of the best cameras are noted: the front single (see how it fits into the display), and the main one consists of 4 modules at once: main, wide-angle, telephoto + TOF.

  • Screen size: 6.8″
  • Screen resolution: 3040×1440
  • Weight: 196 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9825
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4300 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12/16/12 MP + 3D depth camera
  • Front camera: 10 MP
  • Memory card support: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 8/256GB

In this generation, Samsung introduced two versions of the Note 10 at once, which was not the case before – a larger one and a smaller one. This version is with a 6.3-inch screen. It is cheaper, but not only that distinguishes it.

The Galaxy Note 10 has a smaller case, which is understandable, the battery capacity is not so large (3500 mAh), the amount of RAM is 8 GB, there is no slot for a memory card and a TOF module in the main camera, a version with 5G support (this version is available for Galaxy Note 10+).

At the same time, the Note 10 is decently cheaper for everyone, and the stylus is exactly the same.

  • Screen size: 6.3″
  • Screen resolution: 2280×1080
  • Weight: 168 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9825
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12/16/12 MP
  • Front camera: 10 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite 6/128GB

Samsung has finally introduced a cheaper version of the flagship Galaxy Note 10, which received the Lite prefix. And yes, you will find an S Pen in it.

The display is simpler here, the main camera, which consists of three modules, the chipset (Samsung Exynos 9810) and the platform as a whole, there is no wireless charging and water protection, but the Galaxy Note 10 Lite remains a very interesting device.

It’s good that a powerful battery is used – 4500 mAh.

  • Screen size: 6.7″
  • Screen resolution: 2400×1080
  • Weight: 199 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9810
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4500 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12/12/12
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Memory card support: yes

Huawei Mate 20X 128GB

Let’s say right away – Huawei Mate 20X received support for the stylus, but the branded stylus will have to be purchased separately – it is called Huawei M-Pen. Alas, there is no room for it in the case. It is worth noting that it is not so easy to purchase Mate 20X – it was not officially supplied to our market.

The advantages of Huawei Mate 20X include a huge 7.2-inch display, a powerful 5000 mAh battery, a cool rear camera, which, as far as we know, got it from Mate 20 Pro.

The platform is also powerful: HiSilicon Kirin 980 chip, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory.

  • Screen size: 7.2″
  • Screen resolution: 2244×1080
  • Weight: 232 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 40/20/8 MP
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Memory card support: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB

Samsung’s top smartphone, one of the company’s flagships.

The stylus is not easy here, and it has its own battery – it charges while it is inside the smartphone. There is protection – you will not be able to insert the stylus into the case on the wrong side. The pen has received new functionality – it can be controlled by a smartphone as a remote control, for example, remotely switching slides. In short, with each new generation, the stylus gets better and better.

As for the smartphone, there is nothing special to tell here – the very flagship with perhaps the best display and cameras on the market, a chic design, support for fast and wireless charging, an iris scanner, a powerful battery, etc.

  • Screen size: 6.4″
  • Screen resolution: 2960×1440
  • Weight: 201 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9810
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Memory card support: yes

LG Q Stylus+

LG is promoting the new Q series. No, this does not mean that it cannot be broken, but it is much less afraid of aggressive influences than smartphones without protection.

Well, we are interested in the stylus. It hides inside the case, it is easy to get it and immediately start using it for its intended purpose, for example, for taking notes or just scrolling through the desktop. You can also make notes in documents or on site pages.

This is not a flagship smartphone, but a mid-range smartphone with a 6.2-inch widescreen display.

  • Screen size: 6.2″
  • Screen resolution: 2160×1080
  • Weight: 172 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6750
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Rear camera: 16 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Memory card support: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB

Obviously, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will not disappear from sale for a long time. And this is even good: such an excellent model has fallen in price significantly and there is reason to believe that the cost will decrease further in the future.

It has a smaller display and battery capacity than the more recent Galaxy Note 9, however, the stylus has not gone anywhere, just as the powerful platform, smart cameras, various ways to unlock the desktop, support for fast and wireless charging, and water protection have not gone away.

  • Screen size: 6.3″
  • Resolution: 2960×1440
  • Weight: 195 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9 Octa 8895
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Memory card support: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 512GB

The same Galaxy Note 9, but with as much as 512 GB of internal memory – practically a portable drive! But there is another important difference – the amount of RAM in this version is higher, 8 GB, not 6 GB.

  • Screen size: 6.4″
  • Screen resolution: 2960×1440
  • Weight: 201 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9810
  • Memory capacity: 512 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Memory card support: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 128GB

The Galaxy Note 8 128GB differs from the Galaxy Note 8 64GB only in one thing – the internal storage capacity. The amount of RAM remains unchanged, it is 6 GB.

Also sometimes there is a version with 256 GB of internal memory, but we have it harder to find. Basically there is a version with 64 GB of main memory.

  • Screen size: 6.3 inches
  • Resolution: 2960×1440
  • Weight: 195 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9 Octa 8895
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Memory card support: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 32GB

Oddly enough, at the time of writing, we found several places where you can buy Samsung Galaxy Note 5. These may be refurbished smartphones, so be careful.

Galaxy Note 5 is not like the latest Samsung models, there is no large widescreen display or dual camera, but the smartphone is still good: it has support for fast and wireless charging, a powerful platform, a stylus – of course.

  • Screen size: 5.7″
  • Resolution: 2560×1440
  • Weight: 171 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 1
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 7420
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 16 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Memory card support: no

LG Stylus II K520

Theoretically, you can find LG Stylus II K520 with a stylus on sale, but you need to understand that this is a budget smartphone and by current standards it will seem weak. For example, the amount of RAM is only 1.5 GB, and the resolution of a fairly large 5.7-inch display is only 1280 × 720 pixels.

But the battery capacity is not bad for such a display and platform – 3000 mAh.

  • Screen size: 5.7″
  • Resolution: 1280×720
  • Weight: 145 g
  • Number of SIM cards: 1
  • Processor: ARM Cortex-A53
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM: 1.5 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Main camera: 13 MP
  • Memory card support: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

rating top 15 phones, their characteristics

Having released the first iPhone in 2007, Apple made a revolution by offering smartphone owners to interact with the device using finger touches. At the same time, the control of the stylus is still in demand. Especially for those who like to take notes. Therefore, it makes sense to consider the best smartphones with a stylus to buy in 2023 by analyzing each model.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 8/256GB

The most advanced smartphone among all models that offer an electronic pen.

9102 9 108MP + 12MP + 12MP

Specification
Display 6.9” (WQHD+)
Camera
Chipset Exynos 990
battery 4500 mAh

The Note 20 Ultra features a huge screen with minimal bezels and a faster refresh rate. Also, the model attracts with a 108-megapixel camera, but the processor does not always show itself in the best way.

Pros:

  • display clarity;
  • 108 megapixel shots;
  • high capacity battery.

Cons:

  • chipset optimization.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 8/256GB

A simplified version of the flagship, with slightly less impressive cameras and relatively compact size.

Parameters
Screen 6.7” (FHD+)
Camera 12MP + 12MP+64MP
Chipset Exynos 990
Battery 4300mAh

Despite the FullHD resolution, it’s hard to find fault with the display even in the absence of a 120Hz scan. The cameras take pictures at a high level, but the processor is still the same – the ambiguous Exinos.

Pros:

  • display implementation;
  • triple camera;
  • quality materials.

Cons:

  • Exinos processor.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G 8/256GB DS (Snapdragon)

We still have the same Note 20, but with support for fifth generation networks due to the integration of the Qualcomm processor.

Specifications
Screen 6.7” (FHD+)
Camera 12MP + 12MP + 64MP
Chip set 4300 mAh

The chipset of the American company is much more stable than the Korean counterpart, and therefore the choice of 5G- version is the preferred option. The rest of the characteristics remained unchanged.

Pros:

  • Qualcomm processor;
  • flagship photo opportunities;
  • narrow display bezels.

Cons:

  • no increased hertz.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 12/256GB

A less current, but more affordable model that has many advantages compared to 2023 devices.

Parameters
Screen 6.8” (WQHD+)
Camera 12MP + 16MP + 12MP + ToF
Chipset Exynos 9825
battery 4300 mAh

they are not inferior in quality to Note 20. Among the minuses, we again have to highlight the weak optimization of the chipset.

Pros:

  • large display;
  • 4 cameras;
  • long work.

Cons:

  • hardware optimization.

LG Stylus 3 M400DY

An old model from the class of inexpensive devices, which is a rare state employee with a stylus. 5.7” (HD) Camera 13MP 910 26 Chipset MT6750 Battery 3200 mAh

has impressive characteristics, and therefore can attract attention only by the presence of an NFC chip. Otherwise, the LG Stylus 3 is not the best option for 2023.

Pros:

  • stylus included;
  • weighs less than 150 grams;
  • supports contactless payments.

Cons:

  • mediocre performance.

Smartisan U3

A phone from a little-known brand, which at the same time offers tolerable parameters for its price.

Specifications
Display 5.99” (FHD+)
Camera 13MP + 13MP
Chipset SD 625
Battery 4000 mAh

Equipped with a dual camera, large, notch-less display and long battery life. But the whole picture is spoiled by an outdated processor, albeit from Qualcomm.

Pros:

  • battery;
  • blank display;
  • dual camera.

Cons:

  • old chipset process.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite 6/128GB

Lite version of the popular smartphone, which is sold at a bargain price.

Parameters
Screen 6.7” (FHD+)
Camera 12MP + 12MP+12MP
Chipset Exynos 9810
Battery 4500mAh

Unlike the older representatives of the series, the smartphone has plastic inserts. But all other parameters remained unchanged, and the battery capacity was even increased.

Pros:

  • battery life;
  • functional camera;
  • display without rounding.

Cons:

  • assembly.

Huawei Mate 20X 128GB

A model that is rarely found in stores, but at the same time offers an interesting filling.

Parameters
Screen 7.2” (FHD+)
Camera 40MP + 2 0MP + 8MP
Chipset Kirin 980
Battery 5000mAh

The phone is suitable for shooting in any lighting conditions, stable even in resource-intensive tasks, and the battery lasts until the next day.

Pros:

  • 7″ display;
  • set of photosensors;
  • stable operation.

Cons:

  • is rarely found on sale.

LG Q Stylus+

Far from the newest model with a basic set of features.

Specification
Display 6.2” (FHD+)
Camera 16MP 9 1026
Chipset MT6582
battery 3300 mAh

LG Q Stylus+ differs from comparable price devices not only in the stylus, but also in the FHD display. Also, the model has all the necessary interfaces except for NFC.

Pros:

  • affordability;
  • high resolution sensor;
  • is a good camera.

Cons:

  • slow operation;
  • without NFC sensor.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB

Another model from the Note-series of the South Korean company Samsung.

Parameters
Screen 6.3” (WQHD+)
Camera 12MP + 12MP
Chipset Exynos 8895
Battery 3300mAh

The phone came out a long time ago, and therefore it is practically never found on sale. But it can be taken in the secondary market, thereby saving an impressive amount of money.

Pros:

  • photo quality;
  • waterproof;
  • QHD screen.

Cons:

  • outdated stuffing.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 512GB

A little later, the ninth generation appeared on sale, offering increased battery capacity.

Specification
Screen 6.4” (WQHD+)
Camera 12MP + 12MP
Chipset Exynos
Battery 4000mAh

The device holds a charge for a long time and takes excellent pictures. All the shortcomings are hidden in the processor of Samsung’s own production. Phones on a proprietary chip always lag in complex tasks.

Pros:

  • quality matrix;
  • IP68 standard;
  • does not require recharging for a long time.

Cons:

  • Exinos chip.

LG G3 Stylus D690

Model of another South Korean brand at the most affordable price. 5.5” (SD) Camera 13MP 910 26 Chipset Quad core battery 3000 mAh

The low price is predictably offset by mediocre performance. In 2023 use LG G3 Stylus D690 can only be patient people, but since the economy requires it, you can put up with it.

Pros:

  • cost;
  • complete stylus;
  • lightweight device.

Cons:

  • bad display;
  • old hardware.

Galaxy Note 8 128GB

Another version of the previously reviewed Note 8, but with an impressive amount of memory.

Specifications
Screen 6.3” (WQHD+)
Camera 12MP+12MP
Chipset Exyn os 8895
battery 3300 mAh

For obvious reasons, we can omit and just note that Note 8 has a slot for memory cards. So it makes sense to save money by taking a more affordable version.

Pros:

  • memory reserve;
  • ultra clear display;
  • still takes good pictures.

Cons:

  • The interface slows down a bit.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 32GB

One of the first representatives of the Galaxy Note line, for which the QHD screen became a huge burden.

Parameters
Screen 5.7” (WQHD+)
Camera 16MP
Chipset Exynos 7420
battery 3000 mAh

The high resolution of the matrix in this model affects both autonomy and performance. So the only reason to take Note 5 is the price.

Pros:

  • cheap phone;
  • metal body;
  • screen clarity.

Cons:

  • mediocre set of parameters.

LG Stylus II K520

The last in our selection is LG’s smartphone, which has far from the most impressive features, but at the same time offers an electronic pen out of the box.