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LeEco - LE S3 4G LTE with 32GB Memory Cell Phone (Unlocked) - Gold-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 61 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I'm impressed!

    Posted
    officiallyjuju

    I received this phone free with a TV purchase from LeEco's Cyber Monday sale but have spent several days using it as my primary device. Build Quality (5/5): It has a very familiar, generic look (HTC, OPO) but still remains attractive and professional looking. Build quality is superb with this device as it has a glass/metal unibody with no creaks or visible design flaws. Some people have complained the navigation buttons are not always "on" but I love how they fade away and illuminate when you need them; it looks very sleek to me. There is no headphone jack and I would ding some points but LeEco made up for it with included accessories which will be mentioned later on. Screen (4/5): Not being QHD is no big deal for me and I wasn't expecting it from a device at this cost. The screen is a 5.5" IPS LCD at 1080p and is plenty sharp. The color seems a bit on the cool side but you can't adjust color modes in the "display settings". It doesn't get the brightest but looks very good and gets the job done. Pixels are not visible and viewing angles are very good. Camera Quality (3/5): I also own an Honor 8 and this phone's camera, while good, is far behind in terms of quality. Sure, it's fast and dependable but the shots are a bit on the soft side and colors do not reproduce nearly as well. This isn't much an issue to me because I received the phone for nothing and, while looking at the big picture, it performs great for a sub-300 phone. You will most likely be pleased with shots you take for social media. It's good. Performance (5/5): I don't have any hiccups with this phone. It multi-tasks with no effort and is pretty zippy! The fingerprint sensor is not the fastest but it is certainly not the slowest. You do have to ensure your fingers have no moisture on them as it will not perform with any condensation present. No complaints! I have read how some do not receive notifications consistently. Thankfully, this has not been a problem for me as my notifications all come in seamlessly. The Honor 8's Achilles Heel is notifications, however, and I have missed so much with EMUI's finicky software not pushing notifications even when asking it to do so; this works just fine and I enjoy actually seeing what I get! Software (2/5): EUI is a mess. This is mostly forgivable because I quickly threw Nova Launcher on the phone but certain actions such as using the multi-tasking button to access your controls just feels like they decided to throw a curve ball in the game for the sake of disruption. It adds no benefit or speed to the UI. If I could change the control settings back to their proper placement I would like this phone just a bit more. Battery Life (5/5): This phone has solid battery life and QuickCharge 3.0 is a bonus! I can EASILY get through a day with heavy use and that's a good thing! I have used phones like the Moto X (2014) and Nextbit Robin that gulped battery like me clenching to a Gatorade bottle the day after St Patrick's Day and in 2016 poor battery performance is unforgivable in a phone. There is a saying, "Make it work!" that every company should adhere to when building a smartphone that people depend on. In this case, LeEco makes it work and they do it quite well. Connectivity (5/5): I was able to throw my Cricket SIM card in and, bam!, it all worked! I was able to send/receive calls and SMS/MMS messages (another thing my Honor 8 had a hard time doing), browse the web, and use the phone without taking any additional steps. APN settings automatically updated and it was a go. Value (5/5): I was impressed with the outstanding value of this phone! In no way does it feel like you are using a cheap phone! If it came with stock Android it would be the biggest win of the year! With my package I received a beautiful "Le" branded black box with bonus accessories like a case, pre-installed glass screen protector, USB-C heaphones, a headphone adapter, quick charging block, and USB-C power cord! They really gave you everything you needed to start using their product the moment you received it. I've never been much a fan of Apple because of their stingy business model - giving consumers a fragile slate with no protection, therefore, upselling them on an absurdly-priced case at the Apple Store (which they could find so much cheaper on Amazon) to use before they leave. But then again, it works for Apple so all power to them, I guess. LeEco's Services (TBD): Honestly, I am waiting on a TV I got a big bargain on and am using this phone because it was free with that purchase. I don't have much interest in LeEco's ecosystem as I am heavily invested in, both, Google and Amazon's. Adding a third company in the mix does not appeal to me so I cannot give a genuine review of this. With that said, I do appreciate their 5TB of storage offer. Even though I back everything up with Google I might test this out sometime. Conclusion: This is a very good phone for an incredible value. Look, you will definitely want to throw a launcher on this phone when you get it... LeEco's software is a mess but the majority of it can be fixed with little tweaks. I am strongly considering making $300 by selling my Honor 8 because using this phone does not leave me "wanting" for a better phone. It is a solid performer that stands on its own. If you can get this phone for a good deal I wholeheartedly will tell you to BUY THIS PHONE!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy without protection plan.

    Posted
    Frustrated

    Pros: This phone has perks. At $169.99 (current sale price) you can't beat the hardware specs to price ratio as of this date. I bought this because I wanted to save money and not compromise on performance. In this aspect, the phone met my expectations and satisfaction. All of the default apps ask for permission to access other parts of the phone which was a bit annoying, but apart from that I don't mind UI. It gets the job done. Cons: My phone was delivered a week ago. Four days later, my girlfriend accidentally dropped it on asphalt, the height couldn't have been more than 4 feet. The screen partially shattered. At first I was disappointed, but I have been dealing with a cracked screen on my previous phone for about 6 months and I am used to cosmetic damage. No big deal. Until I realize that the front buttons are not working. Now I have a problem. I can't switch between apps, go to the home screen, go "back", none of those necessary basic functions. Best Buy has offered me no help given that I didn't purchase a protection plan. Thanks Best Buy. So I email the manufacturer. This is something I don't frequently do with most things I purchase, but desperate times call for desperate measures. THE WORST TECH SUPPORT EVER! Apparently, Best Buy is not an authorized seller of this device. Therefore, they refuse to provide me with ANY help due to their "policy". I have been searching online for the LCD replacement part. Since it's a new release, I can't find it. However there are plenty of LCDs for their older devices that they sell in other countries. These part seem like they may work for this model, but I cannot find any information to confirm this suspicion. Their tech support won't even tell me if the LCD Digitizer is compatible for any of their previous devices. How am I supposed to fix it without knowing what replacement part to choose from or if it's even available? Upon further investigation, others have major complaints with device. listen to this guy for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEkpmZ1GHRo Conclusion: If you value better than OK tech support, don't buy this phone. If you value a good operating system, don't buy this phone. If you value durability, don't buy this phone. Unless you somehow never ever drop your phone, don't buy it. If you decide to buy this phone, a protection plan is a MUST! Expect that you will need it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value, much better than you'd think

    Posted
    Vespasian
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    The professional review sites are a bit critical of this device, but I'd say this is the best cellphone value I've come across in the past five years. There are some compromises, sure, but this device has been a stalwart performer since I first picked it up, and I say that coming from Android devices that earned better review scores elsewhere. PROS: Excellent build Faster than the spec sheet would lead you to believe, and equipped with an awesome task manager to kill apps clogging working memory Good screen, though the colors are slightly diluted Good call quality and connectivity Great notification system, with number overlays indicating which apps have seen activity Really fast charging Dual SIM, or expandable memory via SD card. Your choice. NEUTRAL: No headphone jack, but comes with a pretty good pair of USB-C headphones CONS: The camera stinks. Like, really stinks. Custom Android overlay takes some getting used to, but standard features (like an app drawer) have been restored through an OS update. Navigation buttons are reversed, though that's quite common with phones originating from China. LeEco is in financial trouble, so future updates might be slow on arriving. So, there's certainly some things about this device that aren't that great, but there are far fewer of them than comparable devices at this price point. I'm consistently and pleasantly surprised at how well the performance of this device holds up; in fact, it runs better than the LG G4 it replaced and the Honor 8 I'm tapping out this review on. If you need a reliable performer, want good build materials, and can cope with an average camera, definitely grab this device. Well, well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth it

    Posted
    NotFrustrated
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This is my second review to this phone. My original on is the titled: Don't buy without protection plan. Best Buy won't let me edit my original comment (absolutely ridiculous Best Buy, like seriously come on it's 2017, let your customers edit their product reviews) Anyway, Le Eco contacted me and offered me a replacement phone plus a gift! This is a serious turn around from my initial impressions of their customer service. I wish I could just edit the original review since its bringing down the overall star rating to this phone. Anyway I still recommend a protection plan or good cover for this phone. I found a temporary solution to front buttons that don't work. Downloading a toolbox app from app store. its a okay fix button causes other issues. I do recommend this phone. Its fast and a great value. Just don't drop it...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you love audio then this is it

    Posted
    Arp78

    For me, audio is very important and this phone is perfect. Awesome quality over the Bluetooth transmission. Live up to the promise made by CDLA technology. Also missing 3.5mm port is not a big deal as they include a converter. Which is part of my headphone now. Bonus - they give a screen protector from the factory and a transparent cover (not the best) but will keep you going for some time. Negative - The annoying Interface, which I replaced by google now launcher and many bloatware which stays behind. I have seen this in Huawei as well. The loudspeaker is average. Overall due to the awesome audio transmission quality and affordable price, its perfect for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but a few bad

    Posted
    nexscene
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Everythings good as a smartphone should have. Design is sleek and modern - heavy weighted. Feels solid like a pricey phone. HERE ARE THE BAD. Does not have a 3.5mm audio jack. It comes with an adapter for a 3.5mm audio jack. No memory card slot to extend storage and trust me even though 32GB may seem a lot at least 10GB goes towards your basic phone requirements already. Battery is built-in so if you plan to keep this phone for a long time it will degrade over time(all battery does) and you can't just buy a new battery and put it in. If you can live with the above 3 issues its a great phone for the price. I'm returning mine.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent phone

    Posted
    sinseer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This phone is both attractive and loaded. For the price, no other phone can boast of better features, eg 4k video recording capability. Unfortunately, this phone doesn't support an SD card, although you can get an additional 10gb of cloud storage for free. The phone doesn't accept every sizes of SIM cards. And, unlike other phones with dual SIM cards,it is only one SIM card in this phone that would support data. If you charge this phone for too long ( after it is completely charged), the battery can become permanently damaged etc. Buy it for the looks and the price, but know that it has some drawbacks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A lot of phone for relatively little $$$

    Posted
    ALH2017
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was skeptical that a phone one sale for $169 could include features found on much more expensive devices, but they're all here, including 32GB of memory, large high-resolution screen and two very good cameras. It also comes with earbuds, charger with Type-C connector, SIM card slot-opening tool and soft protective case. The Android operating system works well and, after I got used to it and learned where everything is in its menus, it jas turned out to be the best phone I've ever owned. A very, very good value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unique flavor of Android

    Posted
    Mohammad
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This phone is an interesting one indeed, it has a great build quality and for the price, its specs can not be beat. It has a good screen, battery life and decent camera. Now while I returned this phone as it does NOT have a headphone jack, it relies on the USB type C (they provide an adapter in the box), but I could not be bothered with carrying adapters where I go, this is the main reason why I returned it. It has a heavy skin from the maker of the phone, if you like Moto/vanilla style Android, stay away. If you like additions and something different, this will likely fit your need.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Le S3 Not Charging

    Posted
    KanKan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I have used the phone about 3 months or less. The charger and plug that came with the phone was plugged into the wall, but it won't charge. The percentage of charging shown on the screen only goes down when plugged in. When the phone is on, the screen shows it charges, but doesn't increase in battery. I did reset the phone, but it's still same issue. The phone was finally dead. This price of this phone is not worth getting it. contacted Best Buy about this, but there's no response. Contacted the phone company (LeEco), it threw the ball back to Best Buy. What a customer service it is!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this phone

    Posted
    TriciaNR
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I love this phone. It is beautiful, fast, responsive and is able to do everything I want it to do easily. I have had no issues with the battery even while setting it up. It takes beautiful photos and the camera is easy to use. Cons - It doesn't seem to have much in the way of cases screen covers etc. available on amazon or best buy but it did come with a clear case and an dongle for those who want to use a headphone jack. I would say that for the price it's a great phone, but it really is a better phone than many that cost much more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For the money, a phone that's hard to beat

    Posted
    originalthinkr
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Is the phone perfect? No, but what phone is? Good quality screen, easy-to-use Android operating system, plenty of memory (32GB), good rear camera (16MP), good front (8MB). And it comes with a soft protective case and earbuds. It's also a fairly handsome phone with its big screen and brushed aluminum housing. A good value at Best Buy's regular price of $249; at $169, it was pretty much of a steal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT PHONE

    Posted
    igotthebestdeal
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Don't waste your money on over hyped Apple or Samsung that everyone is trying to sell you to make more money. Buy this phone you will get the same if not better quality. $650+ for apple or Samsung is crazy stupid. What have people come to today? I would rather buy my 11 year kid a used car over at $650 phone. You can get this phone on sale for $149 maybe $179

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid phone

    Posted
    spur31
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This phone feels solid and well built. Seems to have plenty of processing power for my needs. Also has good volume, a plus with me. got it on sale and its way worth the price. I would say this a good mid level phone that I paid budget phone price for. the only things i dont like is the interface, it takes getting used to and needs workarounds. also no headphone jack requires an adpter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great phone for the price

    Posted
    Sarath
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    It's been almost a month since I got this phone. Bought it for 170$. It's awesome and No complaints till now. Should see how it works in the long run. Specs are great. Camera is decent.Can't ask for more.. thumbs up ☺️ I would recommend to those who doesn't want to spend much on phone but want a decent one

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Flagship

    Posted
    LEcustomer
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Amazing phone for only $170. Better phone than other phones on the market such as the Moto G4 Plus, ZTE Axon, etc. This phone reaches specs close as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. This reaches the modern smartphone standards with amazing pricing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's the perfect mobile phone.

    Posted
    MRTOASTY
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Premium design, awesome cameras, fingerprint sensor, HD screen, easy to use software (if you don't swear by stock Android) and the performance can't be beat for the price. If you're in the market for a new phone, grab LeEco.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the money

    Posted
    Kell
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Don't have $800 to buy a new phone. This is a great option. Super fast easy interface gives other company's a run for there money. While using it may take some time to get used to since I've always had galaxys after a few days I was fine. Over all it was a great purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great phone!

    Posted
    jzimmer83
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Purchased the phone to replace an ASUS Zenphone 2 and this thing flys compared to my previous phone. The OS is a little weird to get used to but downloading certain apps help. A great buy and I completely recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best phone ever.

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Facial recognition, fingerprint access, dual SIM, high def, durable, Android... what else could you ask for? Oh yeah, a $200 price tag. Done. I left Apple's terrible walled garden for good after picking up this phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend