For those seeking an alternative custom ROM to boost speed and improve user interface of the Viewsonic GTab, there’s some good news. Developers over at XDA have successfully ported over a portion of Notion Ink ‘s Eden firmware.
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There comes a time in every Android device's life when it gets rooted and comes of age; it's now the turn of Notion Ink's Adam. Production versions have only been with buyers for a few days, but already the NotionInkHacks team has rooted the Tegra 2 slate, come up with a custom ROM and added in Android Market access, among other things.
It appears, if a few folks over at NotionAddicts messageboard are any indication, that Notion Ink is facing some heavy allegations from the first round of pre-order customers. Amongst these allegations are that Notion Ink is purposely stalling out on customers looking for refunds so that their 7 day return period will expire and it'll be more difficult (and more costly) to get their due exchange.
Viewsonic's GTablet didn't exactly impress early-adopters with its stock interface, but it seems Notion Ink may have inadvertently come to the rescue. xda-developers modder roebeet has taken the Notion Ink ROMs and whipped up a custom Eden build for the GTablet, putting the three-pane UI and slick browser onto the rival slate.
Video demo after the cut
Notion Ink has been accused of basing its custom email app for the Adam tablet on open-source K-9 Mail without giving credit to the original developers. Coder Jesse Vincent spotted his K-9 Mail code was used as the foundation for Adam's three-pane email system, but that no mention of his work had been made in the app's About box.
Update: Notion Ink official comments after the cut
Sometimes it doesn't pay to be the very earliest of early-adopters, as some Notion Ink pre-order customers have discovered. Unboxing joy turned to bricked-tablet misery after the recommended software update accidentally locked up the Adam slate altogether; Notion Ink has now pulled the update, and there are reflashing instructions at Notion Ink Fan.
The first Notion Ink Adam pre-orders are seemingly finding their way to customers, with at least one UK buyer of the Android slate having received his tablet today. Documented over at Notion Ink Fan, Shane Trafford reportedly gave his delivery guy "a big hug" when he handed over the slate.
After announcing earlier this week that its Adam tablet was finally shipping, Notion Ink has shared an official unboxing with some of the first units to land with them. It certainly seems like the company has put some thought into the packaging experience - something Apple has shown us is particularly important - and the box even converts into a desk-stand for you to prop Adam up.