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Kodak's phone debut is super-simple and runs Android KitKat

This simplified phone is easy enough for anyone to use.

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Sarah Mitroff

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Sarah Mitroff is a Managing Editor for CNET, overseeing our health, fitness and wellness section. She's written for Wired, MacWorld, PCWorld, and VentureBeat.

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LAS VEGAS -- If Kodak sounds like an old-fashioned brand to you, that's the point.

The new Kodak IM5 Android smartphone, built by Bullitt, is designed for baby boomers, seniors and anyone else who wants a simplified smartphone.

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The Kodak IM5 is photo-focused at its core, with a slideshow of images on the lock screen and a shortcut to print your photos from the home screen. The phone has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera is simple to use and lets you approve photos you take before they're stored to your phone.

The other star feature of the phone is that it has a dead-simple home screen launcher, which makes it user-friendly for smartphone newbies. It has a grid of buttons for your email, phone dialer, messages, camera, magnifier and other features so you don't need to hunt around in an app drawer to find those tools. The Kodak IM5 also has a built-in remote access feature so that someone else can access the phone from a computer to set it up or troubleshoot it.

You can print photos with one button tap with the Kodak IM5. Josh Goldman/CNET

This smartphone is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat and has an octa-core 1.7GHz MediaTek processor. It has a 5-inch 1,280x720-pixel IPS display and feels lightweight, coming in at just 4.23 ounces (120 grams). It's got a matte black finish and chrome band around the edges.

Other specs include 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. The phone is also dual-SIM, which means you can use two different cell phone networks on it at the same time.

The Kodak IM5 will retail for €229 when it launches in Europe at the end of the first quarter of 2015. After that, it will eventually make its way to the US where it will cost $249. The Euro price converts to around £185 or AU$335, although there's no word on an Australian release.

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