Once the pioneers in photographic films and compact cameras, Kodak slipped into oblivion with imaging going digital. However, the company is making a strong comeback, partnering with Bullitt, a company that is known to focus on rugged smartphones. For those who have lived that ‘Kodak Moment’, this could be a nostalgic journey.
The phone is crafted like a camera, complete with a protruding, contoured hand grip. The 5-inch screen occupies the entire front portion along with its on-screen touch sensitive navigation keys. The back is plastic, but has a leather-like finish. A Kodak logo etched at the back provides a premium feel. The Ektra has a large, protruding camera housing at the back, though the lens is quite small. A duo-tone flash completes the back panel. The right side of the smartphone has the volume up/down, power and camera buttons along with a lanyard loop. The plastic bezel has been designed to mimic a rough metal surface. Overall, the phone appears sturdy enough.
The contoured hand grip and the textured finish provide excellent grip. The phone is quite light, though we feel it is a bit bulky compared to most other phones of this age. The interface is a no-nonsense stock Android one with lots of proprietary apps. A double tap on the camera button will bring up the camera interface when phone is locked. The phone does not feature a fingerprint sensor, which is too big an omission not to notice. The main camera interface has a camera-like mode dial.
The Ektra uses a 21 megapixel main camera at the back with a 26.5mm equivalent lens. The lens has an f/2.0 aperture and provides Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) along with a 6-axis Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). This camera can capture Raw images. It also records videos in 4K quality. The front camera is a 13 megapixel unit.
Apart from the main camera app, the Kodak Ektra has, hidden within the Kodak Apps, a Super 8 app. This camera simulates Kodak’s well-respected colour reversal films (transparencies). The modes available are Ektachrome 100D, Plus – X B&W reversal film, Tri – X B&W reversal film, Daylight 30, Kodachrome 40, Ektachrome 160 – type A, Kodachrome II – type A, and Ektachrome 64T.
This is an interesting app if you grew up with Kodak transparencies and carry the nostalgia with you. The main camera includes modes such like Smart Auto, Video, Panorama, Bokeh, Night, Sport, Macro, Portrait, Landscape, HDR and Manual.
The camera captures excellent images in sufficient lighting with superior sharpness. Noise was controlled well. OIS did a great job, and you could feel the difference in the monitor. But we found the camera app too glitchy, especially in Manual mode. The metering system seemed to have a will of its own, often underexposing or overexposing the images in random manner. The device was found to heat up too much while the camera app is on.
The Kodak Ektra uses a MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 deca-core processor along with 3GB RAM. The device features 32GB of internal memory and accepts an external micro SD card up to 128GB. Kodak Ektra has a stock Android user interface and runs Android 6 Marshmallow. It uses a Type-C USB 3.0 interface. The device has a non-removable 3000mAh battery. The Ektra’s Pump Express quick charging solution charges the phone fast with a 10W unit.
Value for Money
The Ektra retails at an MRP of ₹19,990. However, Flipkart has listed it at ₹9,990 (Kodak Ektra (Black, 32 GB)). At the Flipkart price, it is great value for money, though the MRP is too high for this device.
The hardcore Kodak enthusiast might find the Ektra appealing with a host of apps to trigger your nostalgia. The camera captures some decent images, but the device lags a little too much for our liking. The Ektra, as a smartphone, has a very much dated set of features.