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Notion Ink Adam tablet: The Post-CES Primer

Nikhil Pradhan 10 Jan 2011
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For a small start-up with just one product, the amount of attention that Notion Ink got during CES 2011, arguably the biggest consumer electronics event of the year was astounding. Of course, when that one product is a tablet as anticipated as the Adam, then the reason for the adulation becomes clearer.

With respect to the Adam, CES 2011 was important not only because we finally saw the production model, but also because we managed to get some more information about a device, information on which has been opaque at best.

So, post CES, here’s what we know about Notion Ink’s Adam tablet:

1. It’s real: Well, yeah that’s obvious and unless you were a doubter, you probably never thought you wouldn’t see the Adam tablet. However, that didn’t stop the Internet from declaring that the Adam tablet was ‘vaporware,’ in the same vein as Duke Nukem Forever.

2. It runs Eden: While we all knew that the Adam ran on the Eden UI, we had no idea what that meant. Was it a hybrid of Android 2.2 and 2.3 or a completely new OS? As it turns out, Eden is a massively customized version of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) that replicates almost everything that Google is introducing in Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), an OS especially designed for tablets.

3. It has Panels: Official videos did give us a basic idea of how the Eden UI would work using panels and CES 2011 shone even more light on the matter. We now know that every application will get its own panel and at anytime three panels will be visible onscreen. Plus, you can browse through panels using a Cover Flow kind of UI which looks cool.

4. It doesn’t support Android Market: Yes, you read that right. At the time of writing this, the Adam tablet still doesn’t support Google’s Android Market for downloading apps.

5. But you can still install Android apps: Provided an app gives you an option of downloading it as a .APK file, you can download it and install it on the Adam.

6. Or you could try out Genesis: Notion Ink is in the process of launching their Genesis app store which will host apps designed keeping the Adam in mind. Alternatively, you could wait for Google to launch their Android Market version for Honeycomb which will be supported by the Adam.

7. It’s Stable & Fast: Engadget reviewers seemed to be impressed by the Adam’s speed especially during browsing. They also noted that the Adam never crashed or had any stability issues.

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