Featuring a full metal unibody design, the phone looks and feels very premium. There are no creaks or rattles and it feels solidly put together. In fact, based on design and build quality alone, the phone can be easily mistaken for a high-end device. The phone is slippery though, and slid off my desk on more than one occasion. A case is recommended.
The display is colorful and full of detail, though the blacks aren't as deep as I would have liked. Thanks to the great viewing angles and brightness levels, sunlight legibility was never a problem.
The difference between the Le1s Eco and its predecessor Le1s is minimal. The only tangible difference lies in the processor speed. While the Le1s packs the same
Amongst the competition, The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, 16/32 GB of internal storage, a 5.5 inch full HD display, micro SD support and 3GB of RAM.
It easily outscores the likes of the Coolpad Note 3 Plus and the the 3rd generation Moto G in benchmarks. These do translate into real world use with games like Subway Surfers and Traffic Rider running very smoothly. However, frame rate dropping does occur while playing graphic intensive games like Asphalt 8 Airborne and Real Racing 3.
The phone runs on Le Eco's own EUI, running on top of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop which is a rather mixed affair. Though fast and snappy, the extensive amount of customization done by Le Eco is not to everyone's tastes. The lack of an app drawer and notification shortcuts are major irritants. Rather, the quick shortcuts are located in the app switcher screen. LeEco has adopted to include its own gallery, music and video apps, leading to confusion between its own applications and Google's own. In fact, the default browser out of the box is not Chrome, but LeEco's own.
The phone handles Macro shots really well producing crisp and vibrant results.
Overall, the camera is decent for the price, but the results wont blow anyone away anytime soon.