First videos of the Notion Ink Adam’s UI – As impressive as the hardware?

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For a while now, I’ve been going on and on about the Notion Ink Adam for its insane spec list. The hardware is great, and we finally got a glimpse of the Eden UI over at AndroidPolice. But after seeing the 6 minute video, I am glad that I did not pre-order the Adam.

The demo shows the Eden UI, which looks pretty nice, but I’m certainly not sure if it deserves the hardware it’s graced with. Without any prior knowledge, you’d be surprised to know that the Adam is running Android OS. That may actually be a good thing for some users, but I’d personally like to see more Android flavoring in the UI. To top things off, the Adam is void of the Android Market, or any Google apps for that matter. Luckily, side-loading applications, preferably a home replacement, should be easy as pie.

The bezel on the Adam looks much larger than we were led to believe from the mock-ups we’ve seen, and that 10.1 inch display looks tiny with all of the extra black surrounding it. The back touchpad has been removed from the Adam, and was replaced with the “mystery feature” that will not be revealed until an update hits the device. That’s somewhat exciting, but after the pre-order issues that ensued, Notion Ink needs to be a little more transparent at this point. We’re glad they did provide a video, but after a year-long delay, we were expecting a more refined video than what you see below.

I began to lose interest in the tablet once I saw how the pre-order issues were handled – server issues aside, those who had commented on the blog were to get first dibs on the Adam, but received no email regarding that fact. More over, the WiFi- only and 3G Pixel Qi toting variants’ prices were jacked up $50 each. (To make up for the price drops in the LCD versions?) Add in $50 shipping, and I was done. So much for staying cheaper than the most basic iPad.

Needless to say, I’m glad I did not purchase the Adam, and I’m very happy with my Viewsonic G tablet. Even with the Adam’s advantage in specs, the G tablet is simple and to the point and installing a home replacement was very easy. The G tablet sports a NVIDIA Tegra2, has a front facing camera, and has already been blessed with custom ROMs.

There’s still a lot to like about the Adam, and I still like the hardware, but the main appeal to the tablet is its Pixel QI display. With CES around the corner, I believe we may be seeing some more tablets with this sort of display in due time.

So what say you, potential tablet buyer? Does the Eden UI provide a good sanctuary for Adam, or will you be waiting for Eve?

Check out the video below!

[via: AndroidPolice]

  • http://twitter.com/JazMac Jazmac

    Whats not to like about this? It seems to be able to manage basic tasks well. I’m sure it’ll be more than enough for some people. Price point will make people compare the choices though.

  • http://twitter.com/JazMac Jazmac

    Whats not to like about this? It seems to be able to manage basic tasks well. I’m sure it’ll be more than enough for some people. Price point will make people compare the choices though.

    • PeterS

      I like the UI which automatically arranges the open apps in panels which can be easily viewed and arranged; efficient way of working with multiple applications. My son has an iPad an I bought an Galaxy Tab last month, but after looking at hardware specs and the UI demo, I think Adam seems more powerful and proficient than both of them. Can’t wait to order one when it’s available.

      • Hans

        Can’t wait to see what other competitor will show us on the CES. After thet videos I will not even think about ordering this thing.

    • PeterS

      I like the UI which automatically arranges the open apps in panels which can be easily viewed and arranged; efficient way of working with multiple applications. My son has an iPad an I bought an Galaxy Tab last month, but after looking at hardware specs and the UI demo, I think Adam seems more powerful and proficient than both of them. Can’t wait to order one when it’s available.

    • PeterS

      I like the UI which automatically arranges the open apps in panels which can be easily viewed and arranged; efficient way of working with multiple applications. My son has an iPad an I bought an Galaxy Tab last month, but after looking at hardware specs and the UI demo, I think Adam seems more powerful and proficient than both of them. Can’t wait to order one when it’s available.

  • http://twitter.com/JazMac Jazmac

    Whats not to like about this? It seems to be able to manage basic tasks well. I’m sure it’ll be more than enough for some people. Price point will make people compare the choices though.

  • Ronak Rathod

    I think, adam’s Eden UI has a lot of potential. It does give people do multiple things at the same time. This is possible due to its unique 3 panel active at any time UI.
    For e.g. a student can capture video in 1 panel, use a notepad/doodlepad to take notes in 2nd panel, and use calculator in the 3rd panel. For greater details, they can ofcourse switch into full screen mode.
    It has a lot of potential. I look forward to the other features of the UI, but remain highly interested in adam as a tablet device.

  • Ronak Rathod

    I think, adam’s Eden UI has a lot of potential. It does give people do multiple things at the same time. This is possible due to its unique 3 panel active at any time UI.
    For e.g. a student can capture video in 1 panel, use a notepad/doodlepad to take notes in 2nd panel, and use calculator in the 3rd panel. For greater details, they can ofcourse switch into full screen mode.
    It has a lot of potential. I look forward to the other features of the UI, but remain highly interested in adam as a tablet device.

    • Anonymous

      There’s a lot of potential with the Eden UI, I just question whether it’s as good as the hardware. From what we’ve seen so far, I just don’t think it is. That’s not to say it won’t improve over time, but it’s just not worth it to me at the moment.

      • hak

        I am suprised that people complain about the cost of Adam without really comparing other equivalent tablets with similar features. That should be easy cos there are none with similar features and at such afforadable price. Even with the pixel variants $50 higher, that still makes them cheaper than a samsung which is way overpriced for its 7″ or even viewsonic. What if samsung/viewsonic/apple were to come out with pixelqi – what would they be priced at? My guess is atleast a 100 more than the adam.

        Adam shows plenty of potential compared to all the other tabs out there and hopefully they will make it better with each update.

      • ahem

        u can compare one hardware to another hardware, one UI to another UI. But how can u compare hardware to UI/software? I just don’t get ur point here!

        • Anonymous

          Would you say that the iPad may not have sold as much if they had thrown the Symbian OS on it instead of iOS? Software is just as important as hardware when looking at a product as a whole. Apple has proven just that, and Eden doesn’t deserve the Adam’s hardware. Hell, throw Symbian on it and we’ll talk!

          • ahem

            what’s bad in this UI? its just that it is completely different from what we have seen so far in other devices. I think its pretty good for multitasking. can u point out the drawbacks?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FN4F3X67QDMEZ2DDBKN3C22EFI shail

            only thing bad in the UI is that it’s unlike iOS.
            The moment you take a step away from Apple, things dont look as fruity & people start whining.

      • Mridulmmishra

        I am not sure what you really mean by “software as good as hardware” and how do you quantify it? What are the points you consider for such comparison between hardware and software and how other OS vs their own hardware perform on such rating? All I can see is the restating the same sentence fragment “software not as good as hardware”.
        You are also throwing example of Symbian vs iOS in one of you comments. Such example to examine Eden also does not make any sense till you first state your criterion and then provide logical scores.

      • Mridulmmishra

        I am not sure what you really mean by “software as good as hardware” and how do you quantify it? What are the points you consider for such comparison between hardware and software and how other OS vs their own hardware perform on such rating? All I can see is the restating the same sentence fragment “software not as good as hardware”.
        You are also throwing example of Symbian vs iOS in one of you comments. Such example to examine Eden also does not make any sense till you first state your criterion and then provide logical scores.

    • Anonymous

      There’s a lot of potential with the Eden UI, I just question whether it’s as good as the hardware. From what we’ve seen so far, I just don’t think it is. That’s not to say it won’t improve over time, but it’s just not worth it to me at the moment.

    • Anonymous

      There’s a lot of potential with the Eden UI, I just question whether it’s as good as the hardware. From what we’ve seen so far, I just don’t think it is. That’s not to say it won’t improve over time, but it’s just not worth it to me at the moment.

  • Ronak Rathod

    I think, adam’s Eden UI has a lot of potential. It does give people do multiple things at the same time. This is possible due to its unique 3 panel active at any time UI.
    For e.g. a student can capture video in 1 panel, use a notepad/doodlepad to take notes in 2nd panel, and use calculator in the 3rd panel. For greater details, they can ofcourse switch into full screen mode.
    It has a lot of potential. I look forward to the other features of the UI, but remain highly interested in adam as a tablet device.

  • ejk

    While the Eden UI looks shiny and new, it’s not enough for me to buy this tablet. I have been looking forward to the Adam primarily because of its Pixel Qi screen, second because of the Tegra Processor and third because it soundled like it would be the first of its class on the market.

    As a business user, the extra life and easier readability of the reflective screen are very important. The UI and custom software is not a big deal. All the Android providers have their own interface. Since a number of Tegra tablets and phones are expected at CES, at this point I am more inclined to buy from an established company and wait to see if the Adam will live up to its promises.

  • ejk

    While the Eden UI looks shiny and new, it’s not enough for me to buy this tablet. I have been looking forward to the Adam primarily because of its Pixel Qi screen, second because of the Tegra Processor and third because it soundled like it would be the first of its class on the market.

    As a business user, the extra life and easier readability of the reflective screen are very important. The UI and custom software is not a big deal. All the Android providers have their own interface. Since a number of Tegra tablets and phones are expected at CES, at this point I am more inclined to buy from an established company and wait to see if the Adam will live up to its promises.

  • ejk

    While the Eden UI looks shiny and new, it’s not enough for me to buy this tablet. I have been looking forward to the Adam primarily because of its Pixel Qi screen, second because of the Tegra Processor and third because it soundled like it would be the first of its class on the market.

    As a business user, the extra life and easier readability of the reflective screen are very important. The UI and custom software is not a big deal. All the Android providers have their own interface. Since a number of Tegra tablets and phones are expected at CES, at this point I am more inclined to buy from an established company and wait to see if the Adam will live up to its promises.

    • zelduh

      I like it. I hope to buy one when they become available.

    • zelduh

      I like it. I hope to buy one when they become available.

  • http://notioninkfan.com Greg

    I’m sooooo glad I pre-ordered my Adam with Pixel Qi and Wifi+3G!

    The first video of the Adam on AndroidPolice was terrible. The highdef version of it and the follow up video are much better. And Notion Ink is releasing a new video every day on their blog. The more I see, the happier I am that I decided to pre-order.

    Adam is shipping with Android 2.3 underneath its Eden UI, and it will have Android Market access as soon as Gingerbread is released. If you can’t find what you want in Notion Ink’s app store (Genesis), you can side load apps until then.

    I agree… I’m kind of bummed about the trackpad being disabled, but at the same time it was never a make or break feature for me.

    I think that once everyone realizes how great Eden is, it will steal the spotlight from Adam’s awesome hardware specs.

    Of course tablet selection is ultimately a matter of personal preference, balancing wants and needs with availability and budget. For me, it is the Notion Ink Adam all the way!

    • Anonymous

      very true greg!,

      @blake i was just curious..how much SLC you said is in G-Tab .??, and just heard that suddenly it disappeared from ….shelf’s….you might wanna enlighten us on that..oky-oky my bad i think you were asking about how good the adam’s hardware is in comparison to it’s software/UI ..or vise verse..right..? .humm.. good question..

      • Anonymous

        I’m not sure if anything you just said made sense, but in regards for the G tablet, it looks like it was only remove from Staples stores. I’ve had no issues with the G tablet in any facet, and that’s after rooting it, and installing multiple ROMs on it. Eden looks very 1.0, which is what is keeping me from saying it really sucks. I know Notion Ink has been working rather hard on Eden, and it’s nice to look at, but the hardware outshines the software by a sizable margin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Andrew.Alan.Smith Andy Smith

    I had did an e-mail interview with Rohan from Notion Ink asking questions about rooting, etc. If you want to read it visit notioninkhacks.com Keep up with the great articles.

  • Krijes

    @blake, i think now we can discuss it..(after seeing the browser video)

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