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Notion Ink Adam Videos Released

Its been a pretty strange start to life for the Notion Ink Adam – a 10in tablet which runs Android over layed with its own Eden UI. Pre-order sales began earlier this month on December 9 without any real indication of how the Adam looked or worked.

Following a lot of outcry from those looking to order the Adam, Notion Ink has finally released two videos showing the device in action. In addition, Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan, deemed it necessary to answer the questions of some of his most outspoken critics. He answered the questions of readers of the AndroidPolice forum who had previously questioned the existence of the product.

The Notion Ink Adam comes in a variety of models ranging in price from $375 for a basic model with an LCD screen and WiFi, up to $550 for the 3G model with a Pixel Qi screen. All models boast a dual core Tegra 2 processor and will run Android - Gingerbread out of the box with Honeycomb to come later. On the Notion Ink site it says the two Pixel Qi models are sold out with eight to 12 week shipping time for the other models.

Initially shipping dates of early January were mooted for this device but this has been pushed back to at earliest February even for those who pre-ordered a couple of weeks ago. The cost of the basic model including shipping to the UK is $425 (£275). Shravan has indicated that deals have been done with retailers in the UK to sell its devices in their stores though which retailers is still unknown.

The videos released by Notion Ink are not very good quality and lack any voice over (plus the text disappears from the screen as quickly as it appears). Given the amount of time they had to produce this video, it seems a shame they haven’t made something better looking. The video shows the multi-taksing capabilities of the Adam and the apps which will be available on the device on shipment including: Complete Office Suite, Custom Browser, Email Client (Mail’d), Maps, Calculator, Calendar, Media Application, File Browser, Snipping App, Facebook App, Chat Client, Canvas (drawing and photo editing), weather application and E-book application.

The Android Market will not be included initially on the Adam: “Android Market makes sense only after Honeycomb which will support higher resolution and bigger screen.” And as for Honeycomb, the founder of Notion Ink also confirmed the Eden UI will continue to be used even when Honeycomb has been released.

Source: AndroidPolice

Jones

December 20, 2010, 3:59 pm

Spotted this over the weekend. I really really want this machine to be genuine but something just doesn't sit right with me. As the saying goes - when somethings too good to be true it usually isn't. ie. The specs and price are fantastic, the UI and screen look fairly flawless, etc.





Still, pre-orders of both "better" models are sold out now and if they do manage to get these mass produced and into the market then it would certainly give the iPad a run for its money.

David Gilbert

December 20, 2010, 4:31 pm

@Jones I agree about something not sitting right. Even the videos they have put out seem a little slapdash for a device with such good specs. I've seen no reviews so far anywhere which is never a good sign for a product which is shipping in the next few weeks.

PaulW

December 20, 2010, 5:28 pm

I was waiting for this, but their draconian T's & C's (heavily criticised by AndroidPolice) put me off, and so I bought an Advent Vega for £239. Flashed it with latest Modaco ROM, and am chuffed to bits! I have bought a cracking product from a UK based company and can enjoy all the consumer benefits accorded to me by doing so, with outstanding support from the Modaco community! It was a no brainer for me. One very happy bunny!





Lets hope Notion can get their act together - right now its vapourware as far as I am concerned!

Mark Southee

December 20, 2010, 5:47 pm

@PaulW, I too have a MoDaCo powered Vega after deciding the Adam was too big a gamble. Great piece of kit. DSG must be very happy campers as they sell out online within minutes of getting new stock.

lensmann

December 20, 2010, 8:11 pm

Guys, any chance you might do a review of the Advent Vega with the MoDaCo ROM? I know you don't usually review custom ROMs or other user-customised products, but the crowd here are a bit more techie than Johnnie Public, so that sort of thing will be useful to a lot of us.

Mark P

December 20, 2010, 8:47 pm

I've followed this fairly closely for the last year, deciding to forego the iPad at least for now, though with the disappointing specs of the iPad, I wasn't too put out by that choice. I think Notion Ink were caught napping a bit with this preorder. They didn't anticipate the practical problems of payment gateways between India and the US, which meant transactions were getting flagged as suspicious and requiring customer override for an 'international sale', and then all the bad press has forced Notion Ink's hand when it comes to revealing a demo (they were waiting for CES to launch). Elements of their website look very slick, so they are capable of producing a 'marketing demo', but for now, all they've done is go with the 'hands-on' homestyle video beloved of YouTube. It looks like their saving all their slick marketing demos for their CES launch.





As it is, they are an Indian start-up trying to go global with no experience. They have made mistakes, but it seems that where it matters, in the design and spec, they have applied a look of creative innovation. I see them only going from strength to strength if they have a good CES. I would have placed a preorder, but they hadn't got their Mastercard clearance!

Jones

December 21, 2010, 1:05 am

@Mark P - Im surprised you think their website is slick. I personally think its very poor. It fails to load properly in certain browsers. And it looks, well, a little tacky in my opinion.

Mark P

December 21, 2010, 3:15 am

There are good and not so good elements about the site. The 'Design' section is rather plain, but the features page is very good. The short video tease for the UI is very neat. As I haven't tested it in different browsers (I'm using Firefox), I cannot say. I did notice that standard 1024 screen size brings one image into frame that scrolls right, while my normal 1650 screen shows one and a half, which was a bit odd at first. But once I got the idea of the design, I rather liked it. Someone talked about all the 'paper' as rather like 'loo roll', but I think it was playing with the panel idea. Clearly they are thinking about their design and there is some coherance to it. I liked most of it - but then again, I'm not a web designer, just a punter.

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