I had a chance, right before the Super Bowl, to get a demo of LeEco phones. After the very well-publicized Samsung Galaxy Note 7 troubles, users were looking for something to replace their exploding phones, pronto. Samsung is developing a new Galaxy S8, which is getting mixed reviews. Samsung Galaxies – and the Android OS – have been popular among entrepreneurs, but the LeEco phones, which have a strong entertainment component and great price point, may take their place. This is why.
LeEco phones are powerful
LeEco phones are built for content. That’s one of the big things about the phones. They’re built for consumer use, but with the intent of using the phones for heavy content consumption, like streaming video. They come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon CPUs to process all that data and video and run multiple apps. For those that need to capture images and video, LeEco phones boast a 16 mp camera and can shoot 4k video. They also use continual digital lossless audio (CDLA) to reduce distortion, a big bonus for those who play presentations or clips in informal meetings.
One of the things I really liked about the LeEco phones is the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Anyone who runs a business, particularly an entrepreneur or small business owner, leans heavily on their phone. That tends to drain a battery quickly. Quick Charge automatically chooses the correct voltage for the fastest charge.
LeEco phones are durable
While I wouldn’t drop a LeEco phone from the top of a tall building (or hand it to a toddler, for that matter), they do have a pretty strong screen. It’s an HD touchscreen made of Corning Gorilla Glass, which is supposed to be scratch resistant. If you’re clumsy, though, get a case for it.
LeEco phones look the part
When I wrote a more generalized site for Examiner, I wrote about looking the part. LeEco phones look great. They’re light and slim, they fit nicely into your hand, and they have a crisp, clear screen to view images and documents. The user interface is different from other Android phones I’ve seen, but it makes it easy to switch between streaming content and other apps.
The Android security caveat
With all that said, and considering that the LeEco phones do have fingerprint recognition, I still worry about security. It’s not LeEco’s fault at all. Rather, it’s an Android problem. The Android OS is spread across many different carriers and manufacturers. Once a vulnerability is discovered, it does take a while for the fix to be pushed to all the different phones in the Android ecosystem. This probably isn’t a problem for most users, but it is something to consider if you handle a lot of sensitive data on your mobile device.
To buy: lemall.com. Le Pro3 – $399; Le S3 – $249.