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Notion Ink Adam


$498.00 Released January, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Impressive battery life due to lower power components (Tegra 2, Pixel Qi display) - up to 16 hours of high definition media playback, 140 hours of audio. 10" Pixel Qi display - can disable LED backlighting and retain readability / colour reproduction in direct sunlight, highly energy efficient. 3 x USB 2.0 ports.

The Cons:Constant delays with very little news on progress. Enhanced Pixel Qi display cannot match the pure quality of the IPS display found in the iPad, pathetic viewing angles and very poor colour / contrast when backlight is disabled. Unstable browser.

Announced in late 2009, the Adam is a tablet PC by a new Indian start-up by the name of Notion Ink. Running a customized version of the open source Android operating system, the device will feature a 1GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 16 or 32GB of flash storage, a low power dual mode Pixel Qi display, and a full array of ports - made up of 3 USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port for full 1080p output.

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The device will come in 4 configurations as follows: The full device with the Pixel Qi display and 3G connectivity will be $489. The two middle configurations of the device will omit either the 3G connectivity or the enhanced display for $449. The basic model without either the display or 3G will be available for $399.

Features

  • energy efficient 1Ghz nVidia Tegra 2 Dual-Core Arm processor
  • energy efficient 10" 1024x600px  dual mode display from Pixel Qi
  • Tegra 2 graphics - capable of enhanced 3D rendering and media acceleration
  • 16/32GB of flash storage
  • 3 x USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output (1080p support)
  • 3 cell battery
  • stereo speakers and microphone
  • 3.2MP camera (180 degree swivel for use on back or front)
  • customized Android operating system
  • capable of running Flash

User Reviews (12)

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Pros
  • 5

    impressive battery life due to lower power components (Tegra 2, Pixel Qi display) - up to 16 hours of high definition media playback, 140 hours of audio

  • 5

    10" Pixel Qi display - can disable LED backlighting and retain readability / colour reproduction in direct sunlight, highly energy efficient

  • 5

    3 x USB 2.0 ports

  • 5

    HDMI output

  • 5

    capable of outputting 1080p video

  • 3

    3.2MP webcam with the ability to swivel to the front or back of the device

  • 3

    runs a recent version of the open source Android OS (2.2)

  • 3

    lighter than the competition - between 1.3 and 1.4 pounds

  • 3

    16 / 32GB of internal storage with SD card expansion

  • 3

    3G, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity options

  • 3

    accelerometer, light and proximity sensors

  • 3

    slated to support Ubuntu and Chrome OS

  • 3

    multiple configurations for those interested in getting a unit without certain features for less

  • 2

    Nvidia Tegra 2 - fully capable of 3D rendering and high definition playback while being light on the battery

  • 2

    priced below the cost of the most basic 16GB WiFi-only iPad - $399-489

  • 1

    beautiful, speedy and well designed Eden interface

  • 1

    snappy Flash enabled webkit browser with slick minimalist controls, tab integration

Cons
  • 2

    constant delays with very little news on progress

  • 1

    enhanced Pixel Qi display cannot match the pure quality of the IPS display found in the iPad, pathetic viewing angles and very poor colour / contrast when backlight is disabled

  • 1

    unstable browser

  • 1

    completely skinned by Eden UI - doesn't look or act anything like Android, will slow upgrades to newer versions

  • 1

    poor battery life - doesn't live up to the competition or the high bar it set pre-launch (5 hours with backlight enabled, 8 hours with it disabled)

  • -1

    basic netbook 1024 x 600px resolution - lacking next to other 10" competition

  • -4

    created and manufactured by a small start-up out of India - difficult to see competing with the much larger scale competition

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Yale
Yale: #notion_ink_adam Notion Ink is taking pre-orders now, I can't wait for a review! Dec 9, 10
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