Notion Ink Adam tablet reviewed, Adam 2 due in about a year

The Notion Ink Adam tablet news continues to roll in. The 10 inch Android tablet started shipping recently and we’re seeing a lot of happy and not-so-happy users posting their initial impressions. Now the folks at Notion Ink are promising to accept more orders soon, preload the latest software updates to prevent problems some early customers have been having, and to release details about the next-generation Adam tablet soon. It’s expected to launch in about 9 to 15 months.

In other news, Good eReader is one of the first sites to post an in-depth review of the Adam tablet. The good news is that the site thinks the hardware is top notch, with excellent build quality, a good camera, and a fast NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor. The reviewer also suggest that while the screen attracts fingerprints, he’s not detecting any glare — which directly contradicts reports from some early customers. I suspect the glare issue is going to be open to interpretation… and lighting conditions.

The reviewer also seems very impressed with the battery life. Although it doesn’t sound like he’s had the tablet long enough to perform extensive tests, he’s been streaming HD video and audio to a television, using the tablet for about 16 hours so far and battery life is still at about 45 percent. I’m hoping to see more battery life estimates from other users soon — run time on this type of device will likely vary widely depending on how you use it.

As we’ve been hearing from users, the software is another story. Good eReader says that some apps simply don’t work right now. Some issues can be easily fixed. For instance, if you update the time and date settings, you should be able to login to Facebook — something many users have been having trouble with. But many of the bundled applications feature cut-off navigation or title bars which can cause problems. The Genesis Market also isn’t up and running yet, which means there’s no easy way to download and install third party apps designed specifically for the Adam tablet — although as some users have demonstrated, you can sideload apps and even install alternative app stores if you like.

Overall, it sounds like the biggest problems with the Adam tablet appear to be software-related. And that’s great news, because it’s much easier to update the software on a product once it’s already shipped than the hardware.

  • geep

    Is it just me or do there seem to be alot of tablets being released that are “not quite ready for prime time”?
    I thought the idea of Beta testing was to make sure your product performed as you wanted it too? Rushing out a box and then having auto pushed fixes makes me think that it was rushed out the door to meet sales department rather than technical department…my expectation is when I buy something I expect it to work as advertised.

    • Anonymous

      They’re trying to deal with the reality of the tablet arena. Every month that they wait, Apple sells another million iPads. Apple caught everyone flat-footed. I’m not surprised by Microsoft’s “deer in the headlights” response, but I AM surprised that Google didn’t have a tablet-ready version of Android at or around the time of the iPad’s release.

      This is the year that quality Android tablets will appear. But in the meantime, poor quality ones may actually accelerate iPad sales as people get frustrated with these lesser offerings.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZXCIBCWLAIYW4XQVFAJHPOGS5M Yannis

    I have no idea why Notion Ink spent so much money and resources on their leafs and why they would not support Google apps as they stand.

    They say that we should wait for Honeycomb, but they are doing themselves a disservice, by the time it comes there will be competing tables on the market.

    Great hardware, inexplicably poor software choice. I’m glad Android experts can already post shortcuts around the cluttered NI user interface.

  • http://goodereader.com/blog/ Good E-Reader

    Thanks for the shout outs guys :)

  • J Jones

    I am deeply disappointed with my Adam. Notion Ink and supporters hyped it up so much, I am shocked at all the issues my Adam has. Its constantly lagging and the touch screen is not responsive at all. Need to restart it all the time. Bad screen. Shame on them for selling this as a final product, I can barely use it for anything except reading very laggy pdfs.
    Now I know why they didnt send out units to be reviewed. Shame on you Notion Ink.

    • YOU LIE

      all the videos posted by adam owners show no such issues

      • yadda

        Many of the reviews note similar issues.

    • Jon Gee

      I’ll gladly take it off your hands. message me back

    • A2ZComputing

      have you sold it.. I’ll also buy it..

    • Anonymous

      I’d try get a refund before this “company” tries to pull a fast one again. I agree with you on this “product” J Jones. It was incredibly boasted but it underperformed (which is a hardware issue) and had poor quality. Some its problems were observed but buried by their dishonest trolls.

  • Taacmild

    Most of them got their adams with glitches and ofcourse some of them rooted and customised Adam(which actually worked well and made the screen respond superbly — watch the video from the link)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rrP4K2X0V0&feature=player_embedded

    And also Android Market installed
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4FyhHN4Dlg&feature=player_embedded

    But those glitches should be removed by NI, not everyone who use Adam is a Geek

  • Taacmild
  • Anish

    I’d love to get this tablet and have even pain my 600 bucks for a pqi but so far all I’ve gotten is rohan the ceo sending out a bunch of lie about the delivery time… we’re all lemmings who bought this thing

  • Jon Gee

    anyone want to sell their notion ink adam? let me know, i’ll gladly take it off your hands.

  • Angel

    The problems plaguing the Notion Ink Adam Tablet include shipping problems, confusion over the specifications of the machine, reportedly poor customer support and questionable build quality. The Adam also shipped without a number of promised or fully functioning applications – included in those missing were the company’s own Genesis market and the comic-book reader, Longbox. Not to mention the missing trackpad, the missing radio reported by some, the non matte finish display and the non scratch resistant screen of the android tablet that were also promised. I feel customers that purchased the Adam tablet received an inferior product than what was promised to them.