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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tabbin' in the Kitchen

I suppose this is kind of cheating, or at least bending the rules a bit, about keeping this blog about culinary spatterings... but I'd like to mention one kitchen tool which can often be overlooked.

If you asked me a couple years ago if I ever thought I'd get a Tablet, I'd have definitely said no.

I've got a myriad of electronic and networking devices already... and it is true that anything you can do on a tablet you can also do on a desktop or notebook computer.


The wife got an iPad a couple years ago, through work.  It was meant primarily as an e-reader, but I think she used it more for surfing and email.

Anyway... when she left that job, they made her return the iPad.  Weird, right?  ;)

So, we were left with a void for a while... and we found we missed having it.

So, I bought a new tablet, about two months ago only.  I avoided the iPad (for several reasons, which I'd be happy to share with you should you wonder, but feel I should leave out for relevance's sake) and opted instead for the new Asus Transformer Infinity.  Oh man she's a beauty.  I'm a really big Samsung fan, and for months I was adamant on the Galaxy Tab.  However, after doing an even larger amount of research than the thoroughly extensive amount as is normal for me before such a significant purchase, I found myself well and truly swayed by Asus.  There were just so many positive reviews about the Infinity (even compared to its own predecessors!).  I mean, I'd heard of Asus before, and I admit to owning a fair few Asus computer components over the years... but I never would have considered them for a tablet.

Well... it turns out they're quite well respected, and very popular... just not here in North America.

Anyway... after a good 6 or 7 weeks of detailed research, I was convinced that it is the single best tablet on the market... and that includes the new iPad (iPad 3).

I could spend hours writing about how much better it is than its competitors, but that's not important here.

What I do want to mention, is how useful a tablet can be as a kitchen tool.

In addition to all of its MANY helpful abilities, having the tablet in the kitchen, if you're going to be in there for any length of time, can be a boon in several ways.

First and foremost, it is available for web research.  Whether you're following an online recipe, referencing a difficult culinary technique, watching an instructional video, or even just requiring a quick conversion from US Imperial to Metric, the tablet is right there waiting for you.

Some secondary benefits, which are still quite awesome, are the ability to keep on top of email, chat with someone while working, or even play some music in the background.  You could even put on a movie, if you're one of those people who likes to have movies on while you work (lookin at you, wife).


Obviously not needed for every culinary activity, a mobile tablet nonetheless gets recognition here as to its utility in the kitchen.  And it receives my own strong recommendation, for whatever that's worth.

Really, though... it's just here because I lurv it.