CES 2011: Notion Ink Adam tablet: the good and the bad
It has not been long since Notion Ink put its debut product up for pre-order. The Adam tablet has always been in the news for good reasons, primarily for its revolutionary design and exciting feature list. But just after its pre-ordering had begun it created news for the wrong reasons; people doubted its existence at all. But then Notion Ink cleared all concerns and released a video demo for its device. And now, Liliputing, getting a chance to review the tablet hands-on, has published its views on the nifty new device.
The device that Liliputing has covered is the model having the Pixel Qi transflective display. The said display has a glossy finish but to avoid glare under sunlight the maker has equipped it with a matte screen cover. The Android-based tablet is sure a class apart, especially with its revolutionary curved finish, a swivel camera at the top of the tablet that moves 180 degrees, and a heavily-customized version of the Android OS to suit the working of a tablet. The overlay that Notion Ink has knitted for its tablet is called the ‘Eden’ and replaces the typical home screen widgets, shortcuts, and status bar with a series of panels, or “leafs.” These “leafs” are individual apps and this very concept helps users to between apps by scrolling left or right and also courtesy a 3D app switcher to cycle through running apps.
That apart, you might find the absence of the Android Market a downer, although this doesn’t prevent you from installing third-party apps. However to open apps in the leaf mode you need them to be designed for the Eden platform. The Eden overlay helps the Android OS to perform well on tablet displays since the current versions of Android aren’t suited for tablets till yet; for that Google has its Honeycomb version of Android in the making.
Something else that might just interest you in the Adam tablet is its USB host capabilities, allowing you to plug in USB flash drives, a keyboard, mouse, or other peripheral. We shall see a complete review of the tablet soon, but for prospective buyers let us tell you that the tablet will start shipping from January 11th.