Notion Ink ships Android based Adam tablet

Today, Notion Ink announced that after 3 years of development and many delays they are finally shipping their wildly popular Adam tablet. While many ship dates have been announced and then passed with no tablets actually going out, this time it seems as though it might actually be real. For those that haven't heard about the Adam, it runs a heavily modified version of the recently released Android 2.3 OS called Eden. It's the first shipping device to carry NVIDIA's 1Ghz Tegra 2 dual-core processor and has a 1GB of low power DDR2 memory. The units currently shipping now only have 8GB of onboard flash storage, much smaller than the storage capacity of a Motorola Xoom, for example, which will ship with 32GB of storage. It also has a 10.1" screen, either LCD or a new lower power screen of the same size from Pixel Qi. It has support for 802.11b/g/n wireless as well as 3G.

The Adam's Eden UI is pretty unique among Android skins. Instead of the traditional screen full of widgets and icons, typical of most Android devices, Eden shows up to three open apps on the screen at one time. Scrolling to the right reveals more (if you have more than three open) and there is even a Windows Flip 3D-like app switcher built in. They've taken the traditional Android app drawer and redesigned it; Notion Ink calls it the "app ribbon". Instead of expanding to fill the screen, the ribbon occupies a one row wide scrollable space in the middle of the screen, with a quick search box located underneath.

Currently, the Adam sells for between $375 and $549, depending on the particular configuration you want.

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In the promo video on NI's front page, when they check their inbox, they have emails sent by characters from Lost ...
( maybe the promo video has been in the making for 3 years too ? )

The only thing preventing me from buying this tablet would be the 1GB internal storage (too small for me)... even though Android has the "copy to SD" feature... not enough apps make use of this, and even the ones who do, still leave a large footprint on the internal memory. Either Android needs to add a feature to engulf an SD card to use as it's internal storage (much like Windows Phone 7 does with a couple of it's handsets), or offer larger internal storage on this device. Either one of those met, and I believe this is the tablet I want to own!

JustinN said,
The only thing preventing me from buying this tablet would be the 1GB internal storage (too small for me)... even though Android has the "copy to SD" feature... not enough apps make use of this, and even the ones who do, still leave a large footprint on the internal memory. Either Android needs to add a feature to engulf an SD card to use as it's internal storage (much like Windows Phone 7 does with a couple of it's handsets), or offer larger internal storage on this device. Either one of those met, and I believe this is the tablet I want to own!

Umm:

The units currently shipping now only have 8GB of on board flash storage,

The 1GB is related to RAM not internal storage.

@Shadrack
well, you got comments trashing it because the its a device made by an Indian startup. the device itself isn't as bad as people are making it out to be.

i guess evaluating a device on its own merits - hardware and software is apparently too much to ask.

I am glad they shipped but I am still concerned for their tech support and ability to replace a DOA unit. They should be proud to have come this far and I wish them only the best. If a replacement unit costs them $130+ to ship or even more overnight or two day I wonder what infrastructure they have setup on the support side to handle any problems. I am not a skeptic as I was at the CES show. I like the product a lot but I am not blinded by real world situations. I will wait for some actual user reviews and then look at my options. Not a fan of the IPAD but if they come out with Retina Display on the IPAD and a single USB connector - well....

I've got one with the Pixel Qi on order and scheduled to ship sometime this week. Planning on using it to mosey around the Internet and read with while avoiding the noise and heat of my laptop, so having Flash means far more to me than Apple's admittedly excellent application library.

Maybe I'll even get to use it outside during the week or two after the snow melts and before the mosquitos start.