Kodak Ektra: A retro camera phone!



Kodak is a well known brand from several decades, in cameras. They were the style symbol and are still considered as classic collectibles by many camera enthusiasts. Well, I have exiting news for such people, because Kodak have made a smartphone!
It's called the Kodak ektra, a great camera phone which aims to bring back the memories of the good old days with It.

The Ektra is a unique gadget to look and hold onto. It has a thick body made out of chrome finished plastic. Though it sounds cheap, it is very sturdy and robust. The back has the same curved bump at the bottom, which gives the feel of a traditional camera. There's even a dedicated shutter key too. The back is made out of that same leather material as the classic ektra from those days and of course, there's that huge camera ring.

The camera, obviously being the main feature of the phone, is a large 21 mp sensor with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash. I though there would be some optical zoom, with a phone being so thick. But there is no such stuff. However, there is 6 axis OIS supported, which should give you some incredible stabilization, especially during video recording. The front camera is a 13 mp sensor, which is also capable of delivering some crispy looking shots✌.

The other specs of this phone are pretty damn respectable:
  • A 2.3 GHz Mediatek Helio X20 deca-core processor
  • 3 GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 32 GB internal storage expandable upto 128 GB
  • 3000 mAh battery (USB type C port)
  • 5' 1080p IPS LCD display
  • Stock android marshmallow 6.0

The phone is a very smooth performer and multitasking is a breeze on that 3 GB RAM. Stock android still is and always has been, my favorite flavor of Android. The camera app is very fast to launch and easy to use. There is a full fledged pro mode too, which is always appreciated. 
The camera UI


The UI has a dial like settings switcher that reminds me a lot of the regular camera dial. You have to rotate it to switch between the camera modes within the software, which is really well made! Kodak has really put effort into building this phone邏.There is also Google Snapseed photo editor built in alongside Kodak's own photo editor. I've always recommend Snapseed anyway and it's great that it's there as a quick shortcut from the gallery app. There are a few Kodak gimmicks to try bring back as much retro jazz as possible, but I don't think many people will find that useful anyway. But still, there's no doubt, this is one helluva camera phone!

beautifully curved bottom edge

There are classic accessories, my favorite of which is the leather carrying case. It screams retro journalism, as you look like a reporter who joined to the future with your ancient classic Kodak.
You can detach the phone's pretty case from the straps around your shoulder to snap a few pics, wick is a great gesture. I love it邏.
Leather carrying case

So yeah, these are my thought on the Kodak Ektra. You can get this good phone with a great camera, plus a pinch of the classic optics feel, for about $499. A hefty price to ask for a bulky phone. But you're not gonna buy this phone for gaming or for calling your bae, now are you? You're buying it for the experience of a classic. To know what it feels like to hold a retro camera unit and enjoy it's seamless combination with a modern, beautiful OS, such as Android.

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