- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck
The Kodak Ektra slips up in its most important discipline and adds a dim, low-contrast display, as well as weak battery life.
- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet
The Ektra tries to be a great camera and a high-end phone at once, but it's not great at being either.
- 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.”
Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)
Great design and concept, but the photos need to be better
Well-designed camera app, retro aesthetics
A unique smartphone that doubles as a solid point-and-shoot camera
Feels like using a "real" camera and a little slow
Surprisingly a good camera phone for the price
Doesn't quite offer enough to persuade
Workable performance values, solid photo apps
The Kodak Ektra occupies a niche: It is a smartphone for people who want to stand out with their device and appreciate the retro camera design. Accessories in the form of leather camera cases are a perfect fit for that. But can the smartphone do more than just look good? It offers decent performance values, some quite amusing software additions, a stable case, and rather good voice quality. Moreover, the front camera takes decent pictures. But the Kodak Ektra rarely excites. The problem is that the built-in main camera falls short in terms of features when compared to other, equally ex... Full review
Bad camera, bad phone
It’s not just as good a camera as other flagship handsets
The Ektra should have been a nostalgic novelty phone for camera fans, but it just doesn’t deliver. It feels more like a fun toy than something you’d actually want to use every day as your main phone, and even then it’s got too many flaws to be fun for very long. Without beating the more generic competition, it’s just too niche. Mediocre specs, slow speed, average image quality and build quality that can’t match its design ambitions - it’s a real shame there’s little here to love. Maybe it’ll become just as collectible as the original Ektra in... Full review
Phone camera failings can’t revive those nostalgic Kodak moments
As phone cameras continue to get better and better, we had high hopes for the Kodak Ektra. Its stance toward being a camera-phone help it to stand-out in a market of otherwise copycat devices that, to many, will be hard to recognise one from the next. Sadly, the Ektra stands out for all the wrong reasons: its specification (ignoring six-axis stabilisation) is middling, it's slow to operate and use as a camera, its images are over-saturated, low-light shots have banding issues, the app is poorly designed and, ultimately, there's little to nothing to save Kodak's attempted reintegration into... Full review
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