As much as I’d liked to have given you a first-hand experience of Notion Ink’s upcoming marvel, the Adam Tablet, I can’t. I am impressed, but just for the record; I’m no fanboy… yet. The Adam has been a long time coming and yes it has generated quite a bit of hype, most of it negative it seems. In some cases, the Adam is being called a scam simply because it’s taken the company so long to deliver, almost a year in fact.
Still, the launch date is drawing near and the specs and pre-orders are in the news, so much so that the servers apparently crashed with an overload. That’s not true though – in a recent blog post, Rohan Shravan, CEO of Notion Ink, had this to say – “Pre-order system crashed several times, though it was not at Notion Ink’s head quarters, but rather the server side in USA. Being an Indian company they predicted more traffic from India and did some optimization which turned out to be complete disaster. On top of it, there was an algorithm to smoothen the process of product distribution globally.”
Well there you go. But after going though the various features and specs listed, I suddenly realized that I was quite excited about the Adam and in that excitement I came up with these 10 reasons why I think the Adam will kick some serious Tablet a**!
It’s a smart looking device and with the cylindrical curve design, the viewing angle should be comfortable when placed on a flat surface.
Speaking of comfortable viewing, the Adam boasts of a 10-inch WSVGA Transflective LCD screen. What this means is it should be easy to view in all kinds of lighting conditions without worrying about reflections inhibiting your view. It also has an ambient light sensor to adjust the screen brightness depending on the environment. Aside from Multitouch and being scratch resistant, the cherry on top is that the display is also supposed to be fingerprint resistant.
The tablet runs on arguably the fastest processor made in current times – the Nvidia Tegra 2 with its eight independent processors, coupled with two Cortex-A9 cores and also fits in a GeForce Graphics Processing Unit. Compare this to PowerVR SGX series 5 processors that power both the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab and it’ll be like a Shelby Mustang GT against a Hummer. While both have powerful engines, one’s clearly a whole lot faster.
This will be the first tablet to feature a built-in HDMI out port. With 1080p video support for popular codecs in .AVI formats, you only need to hook it up to your HDTV and you’re good to go.
The Adam has a 3.2 Megapixel swivel camera that can rotate 185 degrees. This is a good option to cut costs because you don’t have two separate cameras like the Galaxy Tab and the upcoming Apple iPad 2 (if the rumors are true).
The device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and 3G (depending on the model you opt for of course) which is quite mundane given the fact that the iPad and Galaxy Tab also have these features. USB connectivity is however a whole other story – the Adam has two standard USB 2.0 ports and a mini-USB port as well. This helps with charging, hooking up to a computer and charging other USB based devices. You’ll also be able to plug in external drive and read the data off of the tablet… USB-on-the-go, just like Nokia’s new Symbian ^3 devices, the Nokia N8 or the C7.
The Adam runs its own User Interface called Eden on either Android v 2.3 aka Gingerbread, or Honeycomb. Notion Ink’s blog posts say that the OS is closer to Honeycomb than Gingerbread. It somehow doesn’t look logical for Adam to have Honeycomb for now as the platform itself is not official, but it won’t be surprising to see it in action, at least in the future. The UI is also customized to a large extent to optimize its user friendliness.
This Tablet has an on-board memory of 8GB (just this one capacity will be available for now) and is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD cards and possibly external thumb drives.
Notion Ink claims that the Adam should be able to offer a battery life of about 16 hours of normal usage as compared to 10 hours from the iPad. Of course, this remains to be seen.
One of the most important factors to consider, especially when it comes to these expensive devices, is the price tag. An Apple iPad 64 GB will set you back around Rs. 42,000 in the grey market and the Galaxy Tab is priced at Rs. 38,000 (MRP). Notion Ink’s Adam is up for pre-order for Rs. 25,100 and that is for the most expensive version – the Pixel Qi with Wi-Fi + 3G.
If you’re waiting for that God-sent device that will offer you all that you could possibly want and not burn a hole in your pocket, there’s every reason to believe the Notion Ink’s Adam is it. It's also possible that the Adam, like most other Android based tablet's we've seen so far, will also be capable of making voice calls and sending text messages. But getting back to reality, it looks great on paper but we’ll know more after putting it through its paces in a real world test. Notion Ink’s blog has another update that mentions an in-depth video being released on 18th December. They’ve also seemed to have put a hold on purchases for now.
As impressed as I am with the device specs, I do believe Notion Ink has a lot to live up to. If it’s taken them this long to develop, this had better be one helluva device.
If you can think of anymore reasons why the Adam could be the tablet to look out for or not, feel free to list them below.