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LG Stylo 3

LG Stylo 3

LG Stylo 3

LG Stylo 3

LG Stylo 3

LG Stylo 3

LG Stylo 3

LG Stylo 3

While it doesn't pack as much software features or premium hardware as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the $130 LG Stylo 3 offers an embedded stylus at a fraction of the cost. It's available for Boost Mobile and Cricket Wireless users.

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The phone features a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 435 processor and a 3,200mAh battery.

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On the back is a 13-megapixel camera and a fingerprint reader. Since the phone doesn't have NFC, however, you can't use it for Android Pay.

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Inside the Stylo 3 is a stylus. While it won't be able to carry out software tricks like selecting text to translate or creating animated messages, it's still useful.

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If you want to take notes, jot down quick memos and doodles, or just give your fingers a break while using the touchscreen, the stylus (which is stored at the top left corner) comes in handy.

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The phone features a few software tricks for the stylus, including a note-taking and image-scanning app, the ability to take notes on the lockscreen and screenshotting portions of the screen.

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The battery lasted over 16.5 hours in our first looping video drain test. That's a very impressive time to clock in.

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If you want a built-in stylus for cheap, the LG Stylo 3 is your only choice. Another other option is the Motorola Moto E4. It doesn't have a stylus, but it also costs $130, is splash resistant and its front-facing camera has its own flash.

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