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An oven with a built-in tablet is a great idea -- in theoryThe Dacor DYRP36D is an $8,999 dual-fuel range that includes an Android tablet. But the outdated operating system slows down the potential for a useful, connected appliance.
It was only a matter of time before a manufacturer put a tablet in an oven. But just because they could, does it mean that they should? With this decor range from the discovery IQ line, I don't think it was the best idea to put an Android tablet right into the body of this oven. You see it works two fold. On one end you have a full blown Android tablet that runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, which is a pretty old operating system. On another end, you have a touch screen that controls the oven's basic functions. As far the control touch screen for the oven, the tablet works great. It's easy to find out which oven setting I need to use to make the perfect dish. And there is even a guided cooking section that allows me to learn from the oven, how I need to cook a particular dish like a chicken, or another cut of meat. But as a tablet, that outdated Android system is really the downfall of. This technology. Some of the Apps I wanted to download such as Pinterest, which would've been great to have on a tablet so I could access recipes and things like that, couldn't even download because Cuz the Android operating system was so out dated. Then the Tablet was a little finicky, as such as YouTube were slow to load, or didn't load at all, or would sometimes even crash. Which really got in the way if you wanted Wanted to pull up a video such as how to stir fry vegetables, that would really be helpful in having a tablet right in your oven. Having a tablet in an oven can be really useful. It gives you resources for when you're cooking, but it can also connect you to an app to give you alerts When your food is ready or when timers have gone off, but the way it stands now, with this Dacor range, the technology just isn't quite there yet. And this range costs $9,000, which is asking a lot for a slow tablet built into a pretty good oven. [SOUND]