The Netchef tablet, by Sungale is the first time a tablet was developed to resemble a classic cooking appliance. This device is brimming with recipes that lay out what you need to buy and even shows videos of exactly how to cook it, step by step. When it comes to tablets in the kitchen, this seems to be a fairly viable product.
The Netchef is built into a very durable plastic enclosure with two giant speakers on the side, that video tutorials can heard over the din of cooking a meal. The tablet itself features a 8” Hi-Resolution 1024 x 768 capacitive LCD Touch Screen. It also has 4GB storage and can be enhanced further with a microSD card. You can connect up to the internet via the WIFI. This is critical for fetching new recipes, or checking your email.
Why clutter your counter with gadgets? NetChef comes with a built-in timer! The NetChef timers will notify you with tones as each cooking time expires. The NetChef also comes complete with a measurement converter available on the bottom of every recipe page to assist in calculating your measurements if need be.
Via the webcam on the front of the tablet, you can scan and store Grandmas secret handwritten recipes and they’ll be waiting for you in your personal recipes folder as required. You can also write your own recipes and save to the SD Card with Notebook on your computer, or scan recipes card as JPEG files and save also.
Netchef comes with 500 preloaded recipes, and the content can be expanded and updated momentarily from the Internet via Cloud technology. Netchef automatically synchronizes recipes with prorecipesite.com whenever Wi-Fi is connected.
It comes with a very basic version of Google Android 4.1 and has its own custom launcher. The launcher is bright and bubbly, and easy to click things with one finger, if you are juggling things in the kitchen.
The front facing camera can be used for Skype video calling. You may also elect to snap a few pictures of your creations and upload them to instagram. The preloaded music app is “TuneIn” which is for radio stations, but Pandora can be downloaded by accessing the Google Play Store under the “all apps” and swiping right to the “system applications”.
NetChef is available from www.netchef-usa.com website, as well as Amazon for $279. If you are looking to start cooking or to buy a present for your mom, take a look at this. Some of the tech is a bit outdated, sometimes the touchscreen is not as responsive as you would like, and it doesn’t support faster WIFI connections. All in all, its a viable investment and was designed as a cooking and kitchen aid. Not many of these currently exist in the market.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.