The Notion Ink Adam tablet is a beautiful and much anticipated Android-based tablet. The device has been “in the works” from the India-based company for some time, with production delays. It is finally shipping and is one of the very first to offer NVIDIA’s Tegra 250 dual-core processor. It has a high resolution 10.1 inch display and Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi and optional 3G connectivity.
The design of the Adam is striking, it has a rounded side that’s easy to grip, a dark edge to match the screen bezel. The screen has an anti-glare, anti-scratch coating that still leaves it crisp and clean, and with the e-ink technology, ebooks are very easy to read. There’s a sensor that tells the Adam if bright light is hitting it and it compensates by getting brighter and more contrasty, making it great in almost any lighting situation.
It has physical connections galore. In addition to the DC charging jack,it has a MicroSD card slot, Mini USB, 2 USB 2.0 host ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and an HDMI port for displaying HD videos on an HDTV. All ports and buttons are elegantly placed and easy to find. The external stereo speakers is great for music, movies or games. There’s a built-in microphone for video chats.
The 3.2 megapixel camera has a unique feature seniors will love, it swivels! This means that you can find a very comfortable way to frame yourself in video chats. It also cuts the need for a camera on both sides of the tablet, it swivels just over 180 degrees.
The Adam is engineered for high efficiency/low power consumption, boasting 18 hours of playback on HD movies or well over 100 hours of audio playback. It will ship with Android 2.2, probably 2.3 soon. It uses a proprietary app market, called Genesis, so you’re limited to the number of apps available on the device. This seems to be the Achilles heel of the device, we’re not big fans of limited/proprietary app choices (the ones that limit you to less apps than other devices running the same OS).
All in all, this is a solid performer with a nice big screen and a lot of great features. The WiFi only version retails for $375, where the 3G version with Pixel Qi, which features backlit LCD and e-ink display technology, will run $549.