The smartphone market took a turn for the good when smaller companies started putting out quality products that were up to spec albeit the lower price. This not only forced the big companies to up their quality game, but also lower prices. One of the newly released models to this game is the LeEco S3.
The LeEco S3 is made by a company with a big name in the Asian markets, and made it’s groundbreaking here in America recently. Aside from phones, they also make high quality TVs. I purchased this phone during their big Cyber Monday Sale at $129, and at that price this phone is a beast! Plus, the phone comes unlocked and is ready to use with most GSM networks out of the box.
The phone came packed in a really nicely designed box, along with a screen protector pre installed, a clear silicone case, a USB C cable, a QC 3.0 charger, a pair of earbuds, and a USB C to 3.5mm jack adapter. This phone uses the new USB C jack, so accessories aren’t as available yet, but the included earbuds and earbud adapter work great. The included earbuds fit well in the ears and sound nice. They even light up when plugged in, which gives them a nice touch. I usually use Bluetooth headphones when using the phone for music, this way I ca charge the phone and listen at the same time.
The phones build quality is like what you would expect of a phone costing three times it’s price. The phones all metal unibody case makes it look and feel premium, and the edge to edge 5.5 inch 403 ppi display is just breathtaking. Above the display is a front facing 8 MP camera which does a great job at selfies and video calls, and at the rear of the phone is a 16 MP camera which is capable of 4K video. Underneath the rear camera is a fingerprint scanner. The phones speaker is located down near the USB C charging jack. As an unexpected bonus, there is an IR blaster at the top of the phone for use as a TV remote.
Good looks aside, this phone is spec worthy too. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa core processor, has 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory and a dual SIM card slot. I used to be skeptical about getting phones without Micro SD slots, but 32GB seems to be enough for me now as most of my media is streamed from online. Talking about streaming, the phone included a 3 month free pass to DirecTV NOW and LeEco Pass.
One thing everyone hates about this phone is the stock user interface. I too did not like it at all, so I just use the Google Launcher on the phone and I don’t have any problem with it. Another nuisance is that the Android quick settings buttons are not located in the drop down notifications menu, but they are rather pulled up by hitting the square recent apps button. This was very annoying at first, but I got used to it right away. A common fix for this is to download the “Power Toggles” app from the app store.
As for speed, this phone lives up to everything I throw at it, and battery life is pretty solid too. The battery saver option also works quite well.
This phone has lots of customization options, for example I can long press the back button and it will turn on the flashlight, or I can program each of my fingerprints to do specific actions like open the camera app.
As for customer service, I have so far had a great experience. There is a feedback app which comes pre loaded on the phone, and if you are having any issues with the phone or want to suggest ideas to LeEco, you can just fill out a little form and send it in. The great part is that someone actually gets back to you in a reasonable time frame with advice!
After using this phone for two months, I highly recommend this phone to anyone in the market for a jam packed high quality phone at a low price point.
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