Admit it, although iPad seems to have given birth to a new craze about portable tablet PC, it still does lack features that make your attention wander off to a better device that will give you the best bang for your buck. The only problem is much of iPad’s success can be owed to a media hype fueled by its seemingly bottomless funds for publicity. There are however tablet PCs ready to ram head-on with iPad’s popularity. Take Notion Ink Adam Tablet for example. Although more than a few months ago, this tablet PC did tickle some of techgeeks fancy, its momentum died down when the iPad buzz got its wind.
Notion Ink pretty much came from obscurity with its Adam Tablet at Consumer Electrics Show (CES) last February. CES hosts one of the largest trade shows that showcases up and coming devices in the market for the year. It features gadgets hailed from known and not-so known companies. There, Adam Tablet wowed the participants—an undeniably huge feat if you’re vying for prestige along with eminent established companies.
Notion Ink Adam tablet is the first of its kind to integrate NVIDIA’s Tegra chipset with a Pixel Qi Display. The 10-in Pixel Qi display boasts of an environment-friendly way of handling display. It features a display that has a faster refresh rate and uses fully saturated colors. It also consumes only ½ to ¼ power compared to other LCD screens making it the one of the most power-conserving displays available. The embedded Tegra chipset supports up to 1080p video resolution with an HDMI port to connect with projectors or HDTVs. With the Pixel Qi trans-reflective display, you have an option to operate Adam in full colors indoors or operate under the trans-reflective setting which adjusts the screen brightness as more direct light hits the screen. This feature makes it a good reading tool for indoors and also outdoors. For the outdoor mode, the Pixel Qi display of Adam compare with eBook reader standard E-Ink and yet can still display colors, albeit in a muter color palette.
With the battery saving Pixel Qi display and Tegra chipset utilized in this slate tablet PC, numbers for battery life goes up to twice as much as iPad can offer. Adam’s 3-cell battery can handle up to 16 hours of pure video playing and up to 160 hours if you use the outdoors mode. Notion Ink is still working on software improvements to ensure more battery saving features. This includes a way for the screen to automatically shut down after a user configured time elapses.
Swivel Action Camera
It also comes with a patented 3.2 mega-pixel camera comes with a swivel action. It gives the camera a dual function for standard video and image capture. The rotatable camera can function as your front and back camera.
Port, Connectivity and More Ports
The 158 mm x 158 mm x 158 mm Adam also trumps iPad’s 242.8 mm x189.7 mm x13.4 mm frame. With only 600-650 gm, it is also lighter than the purportedly 680 gm iPad (iFixit’s teardown of this device actually sets the weight to 750 gms for the Wi-Fi model. This sure is noteworthy since Adam’s thinner and lighter frame packs 3 USB ports, a micro-SD expansion slot, HDMI port, a camera, and a sim card slot to name a few. Four out of the five of these are not included in the iPAd. The micro-SD slot alone can whet your appetite for expansion woes. Adam comes in a 16 GB and 32 GB model. It also offers connectivity through Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and interestingly 3G.
Aside from the multi-touchscreen, it also has a built-in track pad at the back. Most slate tablet devices come with a touch screen but Notion Ink’s Adam has upped the ante with the track pad giving you more options to control the cursor or functions of the tablet PC.
Apparently not so concerned about having control over its device once it leaves the shelves, Notion Ink has enabled SDK support for the Adam. This makes it one of the most versatile slate tablet PCs around. Not being throttled by an artificial 3rd-Party application constraint means this device will offer multi-tasking features for the users. Adam will run with its own interface based on an Android OS. Apparently it also supports Flash even though it’s not officially supported by Android OS.
Allegedly Notion Ink Adam will start with a $325 price tag. This is unbelievably competitive since that is almost at par with available eBook readers in the market. iPad costs about $500 for the Wi-Fi model and $630 for the 3G model and will cost more for the 32GB and 64MB for both models. Touting killer after killer of features, Notion Ink will most definitely make iPad eat Adam’s glorious dust once it is launched in the market this June.