Notion Ink Adam hands-on & digital magazine demo

Feb 17, 2010
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While we were with NVIDIA today, we ran into one of the guys from tablet start-up Notion Ink. We've covered their Adam tablet several times here at SlashGear, and so jumped at the chance for a hands-on with their latest prototype unit. The company have confirmed that there will be two models on offer when the Adam hits the market in Q3 2010, one with the innovative Pixel Qi display (at 12.9mm thick) and another (11.6mm thick) regular LCD.  They've also sent over a video demo of a Flash-based digital magazine, which you can see after the cut.

Video hands-on & Flash digital magazine demo after the cut

Unfortunately, the issues of bringing a new product to market meant that Notion Ink couldn't get a working Adam prototype to MWC 2010 in time. As far as we know, the tablet is currently being shown around to potential carrier partners, in anticipation of a launch somewhere early in the second half of the year.

How does it feel in the hand? Pretty impressive; the majority of the chassis is slim, but the rounded battery/speaker section fits nicely into the palm of the hand and the light weight should make for comfortable longer-span use. The rotating webcam, meanwhile, leaves us wondering (again) why Apple didn't fit at least a front-facing camera to the iPad.

Notion Ink also sent over a brief demo of a digital magazine concept - built using SlashGear content with a Flash interface - that they had intended to show off at MWC 2010 this week. The video shows off clean, pared down visuals and a straightforward navigation interface, with swiping left and right to move through pages and then upward swipes to bring up larger blocks of text.

The company still aren't confirming pricing yet, but the LCD Adam will - as well as being thinner - be cheaper than its Pixel Qi equivalent. For more of the hardware specs, plus a video demo of a working prototype, check out our hands-on from CES 2010 last month.

Notion Ink Adam prototype hands-on:

Notion Ink SlashGear digital magazine demo:


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