Since the folks at Notion Ink ran into a little friction with their pre-launch event, internet commenters have made a habit of calling the product vaporware. But the company has promised that the first shipments will go out tomorrow, and founder Rohan Shravan has posted a few photos showing what looks like a fair number of real products getting ready to roll out the doors.
Sure, we can’t see them all turned on, but Shravan has posted pictures of the finished units with labels, as well as a picture of a production line and another with a number of Adam tablets with their lids off showing the circuit boards (or a pretty good paint job).
Anyway, I had some hands-on time with a pre-launch unit at CES, and it certainly looks like a real product to me. I’m not entirely sold on the custom software designed to run on top of Android. While I understand that Notion Ink is trying to make a smartphone operating system run more smoothly on tablets, I think a vanilla Google experience still has a lot to offer — but after Android 3.0 Honeycomb is released it’s likely that the Adam tablet experience could start to look more like the Google experience, hopefully with full access to the Android Market and other Google apps.
For now, the Adam tablet is about to the first consumer electronics device to ship globally with an optional Pixel Qi low power transflective display, which I know is enough to get some customers excited — whether they care about the tablet’s NVIDIA Tegra 2 graphics, Eden software environment, and swiveling camera or not.
We should start to see real-world reviews in the coming weeks as customers who placed pre-orders start to receive Adam tablets.