Ko­dak ek­tra

Words Ku­nal Gan­gar EK­TRA GOES FOR THE NOS­TAL­GIC DE­SIGN, FO­CUS ON CAM­ERA

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PRICE ₹19,999 URL ko­dak­phones. com DI­MEN­SIONS 147.8x73.35x14.02mm (in­clud­ing cam­era lens) DIS­PLAY SIZE 5-inch RES­O­LU­TION 1080P Full HD (1920 x 1080 pix­els) CPU Me­di­aTek MT6797 He­lio X20 De­ca­core RAM 3GB STOR­AGE 32GB CAM­ERA f/2.0 21MP (rear), 13MP (front) OS An­droid 6 (Marsh­mal­low) BAT­TERY 3000mAh MI­CROSD CARD SLOT Yes

Ko­dak may have ex­ited the con­sumer cam­era busi­ness few years ago but “It’s a Ko­dak mo­ment”, that still lives on. Bul­litt Group is the global li­censee of Ko­dak and after launch­ing the Ko­dak Ek­tra in Europe last year, the phone has made its way into the In­dian mar­ket. But is the brand name and their strong fo­cus on the cam­era enough for con­sumers to go with the Ek­tra?

It goes with­out say­ing that Ek­tra stands out from the bar­rage of phones avail­able in the mar­ket. It may not be sleek at 14m but the de­sign makes it look like a com­pact point-and-shoot cam­era. The dis­play cov­ers the whole front along with touch sen­si­tive menu and home but­tons but it’s the back that makes the Ek­tra spe­cial. It comes with Ko­dak’s sig­na­ture leather fin­ish and a big 21MP sen­sor at the back. In­ter­est­ingly, there’s no fin­ger­print sen­sor on the front or back, which would have made sense if the com­pe­ti­tion was not do­ing it. How­ever, in 2017 this looks like a glar­ing omis­sion. There’s also a lan­yard loop­hole, just like you have for a point-and­shoot cam­era and a ded­i­cated shut­ter but­ton. It seems Bul­litt has de­signed to please the Ko­dak fans and we would say they’ve done a good job!

Let’s talk in-depth about the hard­ware now. Ko­dak Ek­tra has a 5-inch Full HD that of­fers good view­ing an­gle and colour re­pro­duc­tion. The phone has ClearMo­tion that claims to en­hance the video flu­ency and Mi­raVi­sion that al­lows to tweak the colour set­tings to Stan­dard, Vivid or can be cus­tomised as per user’s pref­er­ence. The dis­play also has a blue light fil­ter which might be dif­fi­cult to find as it is tucked un­der the Mi­raVi­sion set­tings.

Mov­ing un­der the hood, the phone is pow­ered by Me­di­aTek’s MT6797 He­lio X20 deca-core pro­ces­sor and 3GB RAM. Jar­gons aside, the phone is fast and ca­pa­ble of run­ning day-to-day apps and games with ease. There’s even 32GB of in­ter­nal stor­age for stor­ing mul­ti­me­dia con­tent with a mi­croSD card slot sup­port­ing up to 128GB.

Ko­dak Ek­tra has a non­re­mov­able 3000mAh bat­tery and sup­ports USB 3.0 Type-C con­nec­tiv­ity with Pump Ex­press. Pump Ex­press is noth­ing but a mar­ket­ing name for its quick charg­ing so­lu­tion that charges at 10W.

Cam­era can be ac­ti­vated the usual way by tap­ping on the app icon or we can dou­ble tap the

shut­ter but­ton to start the cam­era, even while the phone is locked. The first thing you’ll no­tice about the cam­era app is how Ko­dak-es­que it is. There’s a jog dial-like mode switcher that makes it re­ally easy to change to dif­fer­ent shoot­ing modes. The 21MP cam­era at the back takes some good pic­tures with a lot of de­tail in ad­e­quate light­ing con­di­tions along with some great macros. How­ever, we did no­tice some white balance vari­a­tions. Low-light pho­tos, on the other hand, are un­der­whelm­ing. Ek­tra can also shoot im­ages in RAW and sup­ports 4K video record­ing. Front has a 13MP cam­era for self­ies.

En­hanc­ing the cam­era ex­pe­ri­ence fur­ther are the pre-in­stalled Ko­dak apps like Su­per 8 and Prints. The Su­per 8 app al­lows the user to ap­ply retro vi­gnettes and fil­ters to pho­tos and videos and Prints as the name sug­gests lets user or­der photo prints. The phone also in­te­grates Google’s Snapseed app for post-pro­duc­tion.

Ko­dak Ek­tra has a stock An­droid user in­ter­face and runs on An­droid 6 Marsh­mal­low. We’re not sure if and when Ek­tra will get the An­droid 7 Nougat or 8 Oreo up­date.

Ek­tra, de­spite some in­con­sis­ten­cies, clicks de­cent pic­tures but when you look at it as a smart­phone, it falls short. The phone has a medi­ocre bat­tery life and a dated soft­ware ex­pe­ri­ence.

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