Should You Buy Adam Tablet? Pros and Cons of Notion Ink’s Adam Tablet

By Sidharth | Opinion

Flapping its wings in the tablet universe is the Notion Ink’s new Adam tablet. We have already seen the unboxing pics of the device that has taken the market by storm during its pre-order launch. But do you know the pros and cons of the Adam tablet?

I’ve to admit, when the tablet first came out in action, it was nothing short of magical. The 10 inch Pixel Qi display screen, Tegra processor, auto-focus camera, 1GB RAM and the Eden UI looked almost flawless. This is the tablet for which I decided to jump in with both feet and learned the ins and outs — as I couldn’t buy the Adam tablet during the first pre-order.


Now that the first batch of reviews are out on the Notion Ink fans website, I’ve come up with the list of pros and cons of the Adam tablet. The list is in no way complete, but this should be a fairly good start if you are planning to buy Adam tablet.

Pros of Notion Ink Adam Tablet:

  • The tablet has been designed ergonomically and feels convenient to carry around, thanks to the evenly distributed weight.
  • Notion Ink Adam tablet has a great battery, in fact, much better battery life when compared with the rest of the tablets.
  • The build quality of the tablet is solid. The bezel on the top of the Adam tablet is an added bonus.
  • The speakers of the Adam tablet is said to deliver a very good sound quality.
  • No doubt that Adam tablet has plethora of features under its hood, and the modest pricing makes it the unique selling point of the device.

Cons of Notion Ink Adam Tablet:

  • The Eden UI appears to be sluggish, although this is said to be fixed in the future updates.
  • The quality of the earphones are extremely poor.
  • The 3.2MP auto-focus camera delivers grainy image output.
  • The panels doesn’t work smoothly — although this should be fixed during the next update.
  • If you have used swype keyword previously, then the Notion Ink’s keyboard may not appeal to you.
  • The buttons of the Adam tablet doesn’t sport a backlight, which means you have to budge your way through to find the right button in the dark.
  • YouTube HD videos — 720p and 1080p — cannot be played on the Adam.
  • While viewing gallery images, the color appears to be washed out.
  • Quick Office tool crashes when you load files/documents of bigger size, perhaps the processor is not able to handle the load.
  • Most of the NI owners have switched to the Dolphin HD or the Opera browser, as the Adam’s native browser is buggy.

I know it is too early to jump to any conclusion, but the tablet failed to live up to its expectations. Hopefully, with the new software updates, the Notion Ink Adam tablet will gain the much-needed momentum.

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Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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(11) comments

baDboyzs February 10, 2011

With so many teething problems ( or hassles ) , why would anybody ( outside India ) buy it now ?

There are so many others to choose from ( apple , LG, Samsung, Asus etc etc ), with hundreds more coming out in the next few months.

But obviously Adam has support from many local fans ( rightly or wrongly ).We couldn’t believe the size of the fan mail/comments in the Notion Blog !

brunodbo February 9, 2011


You write:

Con: “Notion Inks business practices”

Could you elaborate a bit on that?

Dipol February 8, 2011

How do you get one though??

Andrew Bone January 28, 2011

Maybe it is worth waiting for the Android 3.0/honeycomb update (wait until it is the version they are shipping I hear the updates are a little ruff) it will iron out most of the issues as there are the old “phone os on a tablet” issues, and as we all know android 3.0 is a truly tablet os.

Jon January 28, 2011

It’s rootable, so you can get rid of eden.
Problems are mostly s/w related. Fixable.

Notion Inks business practices
Internal build quality poor (FCC Pics)

I am still sitting on the fence about this tablet. I love the idea, but I would need to physically see one before laying down cash, but thats me in any case of hardware I buy.

I do hope they get some in the brick and morter stores soon. Mostly like they won’t. The big boys will block them out.

zaggle January 28, 2011

I’ve heard it mentioned about the buttons not being backlit and the ardous task it’s gonna be to use the buttons in the dark.

WTF… theres only four buttons, I can text in the dark…

I’m sure people can figure it out…

wpiter January 27, 2011

It can play HD video, that is not the problem. However it will not handle HD video played in java. It’s a java problem, can’t really balim NI for that.

Bhujang Patil January 27, 2011

You are right.

This list is far from complete.

The reasons for me to order this tablet are:

1. Pixel Qi screen working under direct sunlight.
2. Panel concept.
3. Swivel camera.
4. FM radio.

John Hansen January 27, 2011

I saw a review on youtube where the guy could not get 720p or 1080p on youtube to work. It was capable of showing 420p however

Farley January 27, 2011

Pretty good summary.
But how about the viewing angle?
Is it wide and equal on each side?
What about the reading experience compared to e-paper based readers?

anil January 27, 2011

YouTube HD videos — 720p and 1080p — cannot be played on the Adam.”

I am sure that I read in one of review (hard to find link now ) . they were able to play videos in 720p and 1080p..

I will search for the link , and hoping some 1 can point to link and you can mark out this from cons list

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