Sure, Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC, Dell, and other top tier PC and phone makers have been hogging the Android tablet headlines lately. But the folks at Notion Ink have been shipping their Adam tablet since January, offering one of the first devices with an optional Pixel Qi sunlight readable display and a dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.

Since the Adam began shipping before Google’s tablet-optimized version of Android was available, Notion Ink developed a custom users interface and suite of apps to run on Android 2.2. But now the company says it will soon offer a software upgrade to Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

That doesn’t mean the Eden software is going out the window. Instead, the company has ported the Eden apps to run on Honeycomb.

The Indian company is also increasing the size of its support, sales, and software design teams.

If you’re keeping track of these things, the Notion Ink Adam tablet is one of a handful of dual core Android tablets which are priced much lower than the Apple iPad 2.

A WiFi-only Adam tablet with a standard LCD runs about $375 and features a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core chip, a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 24.6 Whr battery. It also has a unusual 3.2MP camera built into the edge of the case which can rotate to face forward or back.

The iPad 2, on the other hand, has a dual core Apple A5 processor, a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display, front and rear cameras, support for more than 65,000 iPad apps, and a new ultrathin design.

Of course, the biggest advantage Apple has over Notion Ink (aside from name recognition) is the fact that you’ll be able to walk into a store on March 11th and buy an iPad 2. The Adam tablet is available in limited quantities, and you’ll have to wait until Notion Ink opens the next round of orders before you can plunk down any cash for the tablet.

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7 replies on “Notion Ink is preparing a Honeycomb update for the Adam tablet”

  1. Notion Ink has come a long way in a short period of time. Of course, Apple can throw out the red carpet and flashing lights for a product. They’ve been around for 30 years. In my opinion, NI’s only problem was they tried to be bigger than what they were. They bit off a little more than they could chew. They are paying for that now, but sooner than later they will figure it out and will have a great product. Apple gets by because they are Apple, not everything is perfect in their playbook either.

  2. Sounds like you are defiantly investing in a “kit car” kind of tablet. If you like tinkering on something that does not quite fit together this is your product. Don’t see how they will be able to really compete with the big boys in the short and medium term…

  3. I forgot that the Notion Ink Adam even existed. What was their status? DOA? I suspect that this was the case for many.

  4. Rooting for the underdog is not supposed to be safe, or the easy decision. Underdog rooting it is supposed to be the more problematic side to take with more risks.

    But what was I thinking?!

    Once again, I forgot that Notion Ink is not allowed to release a small bit of information and news sites are not allowed to report on it. I forgot that Apple, Dell, Samsung, or Sony can do that, but that Notion Ink has ‘special rules’ that need to apply when we talk about them.

    “Horse feathers!” I say. Keep reporting the new Brad because you are doing a fine job of it from my perspective.

  5. I’ll admit NI has had a whole bunch of problems, but its hard to argue with the fact that they really produced a quality piece of hardware. I got my Adam in after lots of waiting and grief, but its really impressive. Definitely NOT for everybody. People who don’t want to play around with custom roms and hacks should get the iPad. Its not perfect, but it is something that is unique, exciting, and with lots of potential.

  6. Sorry but what really was the point of this article? NI has repeatedly said they’d be after honeycomb since it became known honeycomb would be for tablets.

    How about the complete lack of customer service (despite having “hired so many more”)? How about you talk about the customers such as rambler who gave NI a second(third fourth fifth really) shot and sent in their device only to be ignored and forced to go through the process of a refund via their cc companies?

    Good grief I’m all for rooting for the underdog but you can’t just let them sweep their problems under the rug.

    1. You could have known upfront that you would encounter issues. It is a start up company and a newly developed tabled.
      I have two, that is I have one and my wife has one, and yes it is absolutely not flawless but it is a hell of a tablet and I am looking forward to the update to honeycombe.

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