The "1-Minute" Review
- Grippy textured leather back
- Good 13MP selfie shooter
- microSD support
- USB-C fast charging
- Slow, dull camera
- Display brightness
- Weak battery life
- Feels cheap in the hand
The brand alone tells you the Kodak Ektra hopes to offer a stellar mobile photography experience. But when you mix a camera and a phone, it has to do both well to succeed. This is a magic mix few have found outside the flagship market.
Does this new release from Kodak stand up to the competition? Reviewers have been snapping pictures and tapping screens. Now they’re weighing in on what they think.
Let’s see what they’re saying…
Reviewers loved the look of the phone. Its metal rim, textured leather back and large rear camera gives a clean, retro-inspired look. Unfortunately, when reviewers picked up the phone, opinions shifted.
Stuff said, “It feels too light in your hand, lacking the substance you’d expect from something supposedly built from metal.” Others found the bulbous grip on the end great for taking pictures but cumbersome when trying to use the phone as an actual phone.
Reviews didn’t fare better around front either. The 5-inch 1080p LCD offered great viewing angles and detailed images. But many reviewers noted the color was cool and the screen bezels made the phone larger than they’d like. Brightness reviews were a mixed bag with some mentioning trouble in sunlight and others having no issues.
Opinions pick up again on the performance front. A deca-core 2.3Ghz MediaTek processor and 3GB of RAM kept the phone moving along well enough for most reviewers. PC Magazine summed up experiences well, saying, “There were some instances when the phone felt a bit slow when switching between apps, but that appears to be due to the unresponsive capacitive buttons that don't seem to register touches very well.”
Unfortunately, the phone includes an older version of Android—6.0 Marshmallow—with no sign of updates on the horizon. However, reviewers noted that Kodak didn’t fill the phone with bloatware or change much about the Android interface. Out of the 32GB of internal storage, roughly 21GB is available for use.
This is plenty for most users. But if you’re planning on taking advantage of the camera’s RAW shooting mode, you’ll want to grab a microSD card. Reviewers found that RAW images came in at a whopping 43MB each.
You’d think with all that data, the camera would capture great images. But reviewers had issues with everything from bad white balancing to shutter lag. Notably, using the dedicated shutter button appears to take images slower than tapping the on-screen capture button.
While reviewers found they could make RAW shots look great in post-processing, the point-and-shoot experience left much to be desired. This was particularly true in low-light where light halos and muddy shots frustrated nearly everyone.
Battery life was equally disappointing. Most reviewers struggled to last a full day when using both phone and camera functions despite the 3,000mAh battery. At least the phone supports USB-C fast charging. This means you can top off quickly if you’re running low on power.
In the end, reviewers felt that the Ektra missed the mark as both a phone and a camera when compared to similarly priced competitors. Photography Blog summed up opinions well, saying, “[It] certainly looks fantastic in all those glossy online marketing shots, but in reality it doesn't quite live up to its promise, either as a camera or a smartphone.”
Prices (Where to Buy)
Kodak released the Ektra on December 10, 2016.
Kodak Ektra prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Kodak's suggested retail price is $399.99. You can compare Ektra prices from around the web here on The Informr.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Kodak Ektra user manual here.
Kodak backs up the Ektra with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.
If your Ektra has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Kodak support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Kodak's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.
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