Notion Ink Adam Tablet Review
Notion Ink have launched a new tablet on the market. Although Notion Ink Adam is real, this didn’t stop the designer Artur Grzegowski to create his own concept version of the terminal. The tablet was presented at CES 2011, and there we were able to admire the design that follows the latest trends in the world of gadgets, and they are based on the desktop interface of Notion Ink, called Enigma.
Notion Ink is a small company that wants to penetrate the world of tablets, so they launched their Adam tablet, which if it is to ask us Notion Ink Adam is pretty nice. Here at tech.sc, we got our hands on such a device, and to be honest the first thing that caught our eyes was the Pixel Qi screen.
Notion Ink Adam Internals
The first thing you notice when you hold the Notion Ink Adam in your hands is that the tablet has a unique design which makes it really good-looking, even though it looks like they borrowed a little bit of something from the Apple iPad. Notion Ink Adam tablet comes with two stereo speakers, on at the bottom of the device and one at the top, and a three-cell battery. The camera of Notion Ink Adam rotates around an axle, letting you take pictures and use the camera from different angles. Notion Ink Adam weighs-in just as much as a Motorola Xoom (730g), so you can hold it with just one hand and manipulate it at your free will. We especially like the black mate case, so the fingerprints are not visible on it.
Notion Ink Adam also comes with a 10.1-inch screen, so it’s not very much different from the others tablets currently on the market. Since we compared it to Motorola Xoom, and since size DO matters (at least that’s what some say), Notion Ink Adam is 191mm / 269mm / 14mm, so it’s a bit fatter than Xoom. Even though it fits in to the dimensions of the other tablets launched by bigger companies like Samsung or Apple.
We don’t know what it was in Notion Ink’s head when they positioned the capacitive touch buttons in the upper left corner of Adam. They are in a position where you will touch them a lot of times, when doing I don’t know what gestures. Besides that, the Notion Ink Adam capacitive touch buttons don’t react in anyway when you touch them. No backlight, no vibrations, no anything. You will only know if you pressed the button when the command is prompted on the display.
Lots of tablet users have complained about adding keyboards to their devices, but it seems that Notion Ink have found a way to fix this issue with their Adam tablet. It seems they also found a way to ease the tablet connection with TVs, so Notion Ink Adam features two USB ports and a HDMI port as well. We tried to see if it’s true, and guess what? They work just fine. But there’s more, the USB devices you connect tot the Notion Ink Adam are detected almost like instantly. Notion Ink Adam device supports full 1080p display when you use the HDMI port.
Notion Ink Adam Display
Notion Ink Adam comes with a 10.1-inch, 1024 × 600 resolution on a TFT Pixel Qi display which is pretty nice I could say. The things we especially like about the display is that you won’t see fingertips on it, because of its fingerprint resistant surface. We found the Notion Ink Adam’s display quite unresponsive to touches, as sometimes you get the filling that you have to press real hard in order to respond to your commands.
Another nice feature of the Notion Ink Adam’s TFT Pixel Qi display is that you are able to see clear from a wider range of viewing angles than of the ones of the competitors. NOT.
The only real nice thing about the display of Notion Ink Adam is the reflective mode, which really does its job. We were able to notice that the Pixel Qi display is very economic, so it does a great job in saving battery life. But are the pluses of the Notion Ink Adam Pixel Qi display able to beat the minuses of the same? Maybe… errr, I mean “Not.” Certainly NOT.
Notion Ink Adam Software
Notion Ink Adam uses Android 2.2 Froyo as operating systems, so Android based device lovers have one more reason to cheer. But enough with the cheering thing, because Notion Ink messed around with Google’s OS and build their own interface called Eden. The Adam developer built what they call Panel View, which is looks like having multiple Applications opened in the same time. You will have the icons of the Apps miniaturized on the homescreen from where you can access them anytime. A red ribbon appears on the screen, from where you will be able to access the applications you want to open.
You simply have to drag and drop the app on the red ribbon on the screen of your Notion Ink Adam then it will be opened. The bad thing about the Panel View is that the drag and drop method only works with the some preset apps. You can also scroll in order to find certain apps in Panel View, but, sadly, you will notice that the scroll function is unresponsive in may cases.
Besides the unresponsive scroll feature of Panel View we must mention that we encountered also some wired problems with Notion Ink Adam. Sometimes, it refuses to wake-up after in went to sleep, and the only way to start the device again was to reboot it. Notion Ink Adam also reset, out of nowhere, and the clock of the device was set to January 1, 2009. Another major software bug, is that, by chance, the Eden UI goes unresponsive, the “disease” spreads to the entire device which stuns.
Notion Ink Adam tablet comes with a built-in browser called Webkit browser, which is great and very quick. You will also be able see the full web version of the sites, not the mobile versions, like it happens with the other web browsers of the mobile devices. Webkit browser also comes with bookmark shortcuts, screengrab function and the virtual thumbwheel allows you to scroll freely thorough the webpages. But enough with the nice things about Webkit. It crashes. It crashes a lot. Click the tab wheel several times in a row and you will be able to see it crashing, too. The Webkit browser installed on Notion Ink Adam also seems unable to remember the tabs you opened, as it happed to us to find it returning to the web browser and notice it had all our tabs, and guess what, then it crashed.
Notion Ink Adam with an version of the K-9 Mail client for Android devices (at least that’s what the developers say), which is called Mail’d. It’s pretty nice, but Notio Ink has to further improve it. What we liked about Mail’d is that you can browse and read mail in the same time, and if you want you can go to full-screen view, too. The Facebook app of Notion Ink Adam is more like a mobile version of the largest social network in the world web page. Notion Ink Adam also features some other apps, like a Video Player, a Music Player, Nimbuzz, Quickoffice and more other, but the seem not worth to mention.
Notion Ink Adam Battery Life
Notion Ink Adam tablet gets it’s power from a 3 cell removable Lithium-Polymer battery. So, what do you do when you want to test the battery live of a device? You download lots of video games, you set the display brightness to maximum. After we turned on the WiFi and 3G, we played a videogame. We got bored fast, and begun to web browse a lot, with several apps opened in the backgroud. Notion Ink Adam tablet died after about 6 hours. Otherwise, if you use Notion Ink Adam more gentile you will be able to keep it awake for about 24h. It seems that the Pixel Qi display that comes with Notion Ink Adam tablet is indeed economical, and extends the battery life.
Notion Ink Adam Camera
Notion Ink Adam features a 3.2 MP camera which, it seems that learned a great trick. You can rotate it at 185 degrees. It’s both useful for taking pictures (of course of a doubtful quality) and use it for live webcam chatting. What we didn’t like was the autofocus of the camera. In the moment you power the camera it autofocuses several times and and if you want to take a picture before it finishes, you will get a blured, strange one. Anyway we liked that the Notion Ink Adam camera detects whether is facing you or the landscape and automatically flips the image
Notion Ink Adam Conclusions
The tablet developed and built by the guys at Notion Ink is pretty nice if you consider that it comes from a tiny company. We appreciated the nice ideas that they used for a tablet, such as the rotative camera, the fingerprint-proof touchscreen, the USB and HDMI ports that can be used with ease, and we appreciate the battery life of the device. On the other hand, we liked less (I mean hate) what they did with the crashy Eden UI, and the forgetful Webkit browser. We found quite annoying the poor number of angels from which you can see clear on the Pixel Qi display and the poor quality of the photos taken with the 3.2 MP camera. Summing up, Notion Ink Adam is an acceptable tablet, but is not yet the alternative to the other famous tablets currently on the market, as the Indian company has to further improve their product in order to be able to fight with devices like Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab or App iPad.