We have been religiously following Notion Ink’s Adam ever since they announced that the tablet was up for pre-order. Notion Ink’s official blog said that the tablet was ready to be shown at CES 2011. So it’s not too surprising to see that Engadget got their hands on the tablet. While they have put up a small preview, let’s first take a look at the Adam promo below.
Coming back to the preview, it seems they are really impressed by the tablet’s features and performance. Starting off with the hardware, Adam is well built even though it’s mostly made out of plastic. The top-edge, which has a curve and is rubberized, makes it easy to hold in portrait and landscape mode. Also, they mentioned that although it’s not the slimmest tablet, “at 1.5 pounds it felt lighter in hand than the iPad”.
Moving on to the screen, the Transflective PixelQi display has a resolution of 1024 x 600 and makes for easy reading. The matte display is bright enough, but the colors appear a bit faded. Nevertheless, the fact that Adam does use a PixelQi display is quite impressive.
The Eden UI is described briefly and gets a good response for being a customized UI on top of Android. We’ve already seen that the UI is built around the ‘panel-system’ where every app has a dedicated panel. If there is no panel for a particular app, you will be notified about it. They layout looked nice but it might take a while to get used to.
The guys at Engadget did not really try out each and every app, only the Browser. From what they have to say, Adam functions very smoothly without crashing or taking too long to load an app. The only problem seems to be Third Party application support. Notion Ink’s tablet will not be supporting the Android Market, which is a massive disappointment, but will have their own Genesis store in the future.
Finally, they have credited the performance to the dual-core Tegra 2 CPU. Overall navigation and browsing was fast and it certainly shows that the tablet has benefited a lot from Nvidia’s graphics.
They’ve concluded saying the Adam is one of the most impressive tablets they’ve seen for now. Although a good start, let’s not rejoice too soon. CES 2011 has only started, there's lots more to follow.