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Moto G Stylus (2023)
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Updated January 10, 2024·

If a high-quality camera is a priority for you, the Samsung Galaxy S21 offers better camera features. However, if battery life and screen size are more important and you are willing to pay more, the Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023) has a larger battery and bigger screen, along with an integrated stylus which can be handy. Both phones run Android and have plastic builds, but the Galaxy S21 features an OLED screen for crisper visuals, compared to the LCD screen on the Moto G Stylus. The Galaxy S21 also comes with features like Wireless DeX and an under-display fingerprint sensor, while the Moto G Stylus (2023) retains a traditional headphone jack. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023)
  • Good battery life
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S21
  • Good for taking photos
  • Fair for recording videos
  • Very good display quality
  • Good performance

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

4.7
Moto G Stylus (2023)
Galaxy S21
7.2
The Samsung Galaxy S21 has good overall camera quality, while the Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023) has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

4.8
Moto G Stylus (2023)
Galaxy S21
7.0
The Samsung Galaxy S21 takes good photos, while the Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023) takes poor photos.

Video Quality

4.4
Moto G Stylus (2023)
Galaxy S21
6.6
The Samsung Galaxy S21 takes only fair videos, while the Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023) takes poor videos.

Battery

7.8 Hours
Moto G Stylus (2023)
Galaxy S21
6.7 Hours
The Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023) has 7.8 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S21 has 6.7 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023) has a screen size of 6.6 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S21 is 6.2 inches.

Cost

$245
Moto G Stylus (2023)
Galaxy S21
$145
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The Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023) has a price of $245 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 costs $145.
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How the Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023) and the Samsung Galaxy S21 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023)Samsung Galaxy S21
Motorola Moto G Stylus (2023)Samsung Galaxy S21

GENERAL

Price
$245
$145
Brand
MotorolaSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
June 2, 2023January 29, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.6"6.2"
Resolution
2400 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
399421
Display Type
LCDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD6G1SD888
Internal Storage
256 GB128 GB
RAM
6 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
4.8/107.2/10
Photos Score
4.8/107/10
Videos Score
4.5/106.6/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
50 megapixels12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.8 Hours6.7 Hours
Battery Capacity
5000 mAh4000 mAh
Wireless Charging
NoYes
Wireless charging Speed
0 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
6.41" x 2.91"5.97" x 2.8"
Weight
7.13 oz5.96 oz
Back Material
PlasticPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
NoYes
Bluetooth Version
5.15.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
56
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 25, 26, 29, 30, 38, 41, 48, 66, 70, 71, 77, 78(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: SideFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Cosmic BlackPhantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink
Stock Android
YesNo
SD Card
YesNo

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Tom's Guide

John Velasco | July 2023
"Now in its third generation iteration, the Moto G Stylus 5G (2023) takes the incremental step of being taken more seriously — backed by a cleaner design, upgraded chipset, and a 120Hz display refresh rate. What makes it different from other phones today is that it’s packaged with a stylus that tucks inside of the phone when it’s not being used."

Samsung Galaxy S21

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Huseman Joe | February 2022
"The Galaxy S21 delivers the flagship Samsung experience in a phone that's much more pocketable (and affordable) than the top-end S21 Ultra.The triple-camera system is incredibly capable, Samsung's One UI 3.1 software is chock-full of features and settings to mess with, and I've not once missed having expandable storage."

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About Motorola

Motorola, a well-known name in the smartphone world, has a long-standing legacy in the industry, with a history dating back to the early days of mobile phones. The brand is mostly known for striking a balance between affordability and functionality, as well as providing a clean and straightforward interface with their software skin on top of Android. While they have traditionally been prominent in the budget and midrange categories, Motorola has also occasionally ventured into the high-end category for smartphones.

About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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