LG Stylus DAB+ Review

Sat 18 Jun 2016

Filed Under: LG, Mobile Phone Reviews 


Welcome to the 2016 LG Stylus DAB+ (LGK520K) review. New for 2016 the LG Stylus DAB+ smartphone has 2 major features that separate it from the rest begin the DAB+ radio a stylus but there is one more surprise and greatly appreciated that being a large 5.7 inch display! We immediately liked the LG Stylus DAB+ sd it sells for a recommended retail price of $449 outright which is a pleasant surprise. Even more usefully is that the Stylus DAB+ is often package as a free phone on he entry level phone pals. (Note that the this is the LG Stylus DAB+ not a LG Stylus 2 with DAB+)

In terms of construction the LG Stylus DAB+ is very well built. feels like its got metal frame but it has a plastic back and very thin. It feels very good in the hand which is a surprise given the reasonable price. Mind you its not as good as the Oppo R7s which is our benchmark in terms of feel for a budget smartphone. No complaints at all in this department.

In terms of hardware there has been a little sacrifice to add the DAB+ radio to the LG Stylus. The CPU is a cheaper Quad core 1.2 processor and the screen is only 720p compared to the regular LG Stylus model. We wished that the had given it something faster though. Despite lower screen resuloution it still looks good although not as nice as the the more expensive models but at least the large 5.7 inch screen softens the blow. The speaker sound quality is OK but not high end. The integrated stylus may seem like a gimmick but it you have ever used a smartphone for work you will appreciate the addition. Even Apple is selling Stylus’ these days. Overall the Stylus DAB+ has OK sort of specs but more entry level than mid range in 2016.

In terms of use the Stylus DAB+ is actually quite good considering the spec (again) we don’t expect much from any smartphone with a quad core 1.2 Ghz CPU these days but it adequate for normal use. Normal use being call and tact, whatsapp, Facebook, instagram and so forth not really for the latest Android games. The user has access to less than 16G as standard which is annoying but at least it has microSD expansion.  With a few apps there is virtually no lag to complain about. The DAB+ works well if you are stationery but on the move it is unable to keep up with the frequencies. The DAB+ radio included actually worked quite well but the interface is clumsy as opposed to completely useless was other reviews make ti tout to be. Since DAB+ uses no internet data but has many more stations it is genuinely useful just wish that the reception was able to keep up in the car.

In the end the LG Stylus DAB+ is an interesting smartphone, not quite entry level and not quite mid range but suitably priced. Would we get one for personal use, yes we would but not for the DAB+ radio but for the large screen and stylus. The Stylus is also being offered for free on a basic phone plan which given the other choices we would still whose the Stylus DAB+. So there you have it a decent suitably price smartphone.


  • LG Stylus DAB+
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM
    3G – All Tri-band
    4G – Dependent on version
  • Design
    Touch screen
    L155 W79 x D7.5 mm
    Weight 148 grams
  • Display
    5.7 inch 1280 x 720 AMOLED
  • Camera
    13MP auto-focus LED Flash
    2nd forward facing video call camera
    8MP Video Camera
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth V4
  • CPU Quad-Core 1.2 Separate Graphics GPU
  • Memory 2Gig RAM
    Up to 16 Gig for user
    MicroSD expansion
  • Features
    DAB+ Radio, FM Radio, A-GPS, Stylus
  • Battery
    Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
    Up to 13 Days Standby
    Up to 7 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx $449 AUD (outright May 2016)


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