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Toshiba Encore: Camera and Speaker Quality

Michael Sawh

By Michael Sawh


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Review Price £250.00

Toshiba Encore: Camera

To take care of picture-taking duties, there's a 2-megapixel front-facing Skype-certified camera and an 8-megapixel main camera with 1080p Full HD shooting abilities to play with. The camera UI itself is on the basic side, leaving you take your pick of still or video shooting and swiping up from the bottom of the screen to add some extra options like changing exposure, setting the timer and picking front or the rear-facing camera.

Up front, the 2-megapixel camera captures images with a good level of detail compared to smaller tablets like the Nexus 7 2 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7. Colours are not as vibrant as we would like, but crucially it's more than adequate for making Skype video calls and that's going to be the best use for it.

Despite the limitations of the UI, the main camera manages to produce suprisingly sharp, colourful images. Photos taken up close in well-lit surroundings are the most rewarding because as soon as you attempt something a little further back the drop in quality begins to show and image noise is more noticeable. There's no flash on board, which makes night-time shots a tall order, although in dimly lit conditions images are reasonably detailed even if the colour accuracy is a lacking.

Likewise with shooting video, detail is very good until you try to get more adventurous and the lack of any kind of image stabilization means video can struggle for smoothness.

Toshiba Encore photo samples 1

The 8-megapixel main camera produces surprisingly colourful, detailed images when taking pictures up close

Toshiba Encore photo samples 3

The skyline in this photo does show some clear image noise that lets down an otherwise decent photo

Toshiba Encore photo samples

In more dimly lit conditions colours can look washed out but detail like the creases in the book are visible

Toshiba Encore: Speaker quality

Don't be fooled by talk of Dolby Digital Plus and any of the other audio-enchancing features mentioned with the Encore as it does a good but not amazing job churning out sound for watching films or playing games. The pair of stereo speakers at the bottom of the tablet are distinctly average for listening to music and lack the power, detail or richness to make good use of that six month free Xbox Music subscription. It’s the same for gaming and watching video, it’s loud but an underwhelming performance.

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December 9, 2013, 9:40 pm

Can you run steam on the encore


December 23, 2013, 7:03 am



January 23, 2014, 6:26 pm

I've had the dell venue pro 8 since Christmas and it's been a good experience so far.

- Desktop mode is hard to use. A stylus makes it a lot better should you need to go there.
+ The full copy of office and skydrive means I use it at work instead of taking a laptop into meetings
+ the screen size is much more useable than the nexus 7 letter box. (I found the nexus screen too narrow)
- hardly any apps are available and they cost more than Apple! E.g. Cut the rope is over £2 on the windows store whilst only 69p on the Apple store

Like I said overall I'm impressed with it for the cost. Performance is better than I expected and the battery life is good.

At home it's pretty much replaced the laptop we had.


January 24, 2014, 8:47 am

It's running a full, standard edition of Windows. You can install and run any application you would do on any other Windows machine.
It's effectively a netbook without the keyboard,


February 25, 2014, 2:14 pm

Always The power button has a problem.

Russell hawker

August 10, 2015, 10:02 am

Just for information my Encore 8 updated to Windows 10 on the 8th August. Absolutely no problems at all. Painless experience. It locks to tablet mode and fixed orientation by default but that is very simply turned off.
No performance issues. If anything the Encore seems snappier with Windows 10. And the new interface, in my opinion, is a big success.
Minecraft and Age of Empires via Steam running well. Adobe Creative cloud with Lightroom and Photoshop CC 2015 also running smoothly. What more can you ask for £70. And to think i almost bypassed this tablet due to the lacklustre reviews. Its outlived the Nexus 7 and iPad 2 in my household. Far more useful to us.


August 23, 2015, 7:00 am

I'm used to taking tech reviews with a grain of salt. They have some good info but I usually skip the parts when an Android tablet, iPad and Windows tablet pc are compared to one another. Because you can't. So I just look for the parts relevant to what I need and proceed from there.

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