Notion Ink has announced that shipments of the Adam tablet will be going out from today, after reportedly clearing the FCC over the weekend. According to the company, as well as those pre-order customers who see January estimates in their shipping status, Notion Ink is also hoping to get February deliveries out early - in the last week of this month, in fact.
Frustration among Notion Ink Adam pre-order customers, as one of the most anticipated display features - the matte finish, scratch-resistant display - turns out to be not entirely as is seems. According to Notion Ink's "Design" page, the Adam tablet's screen is "made of pure matte glass"; however, according to company emails to pre-order customers, in actual fact the display itself is glossy and non-scratch-resistant, and uses an adhesive screen protector in order to meet the promises on the spec sheet.
Notion Ink has confirmed that its Adam slate has finally passed through the FCC, which means full clearance for the Android tablet and that the company can print the mandatory labels. That's expected to begin on Monday, with Adam shipping out from Wednesday; delays in the FCC granting the appropriate codes had held up finalizing the production models.
The first Notion Ink Adam tablet pre-order deliveries have apparently been delayed, with the company still waiting on final FCC and CE numbers before they can ship the slates out. SlashGear was forwarded a Notion Ink email from a pre-order customer, which claims that "the Holiday season in December pushed the administrative work and it will be cleared within this week."
Every CES has its unofficial theme - we've seen netbooks and ereaders flood the booths in previous years - and 2011 was the turn of tablets. As predicted before the show, the rise of the iPad, the imminent release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the promise of a new, lucrative segment has worked like catnip to manufacturers large and small. Check out the SlashGear CES 2011 tablet roundup after the cut.
As you've seen from our first hands-on, Notion Ink's Adam tablet is a pretty smooth operator, but we wanted to see just how smooth. The company allowed us to load up an Android benchmarking app to see how the slate performs, but there are a few caveats to bear in mind.
We've been tracking the Notion Ink story since before CES 2010, and a year later we've sat down with CEO Rohan Shravran and the final product. Despite skepticism at what the start-up could achieve, the end result is a mightily impressive interpretation of an Android slate. Check out our hands-in impressions after the cut.
Notion Ink's Adam tablet is still a hot ticket, with people all over the world waiting to get their hands on their very own Android-powered tablet device. The story of the Adam is a roller coaster in of itself, but the company has made huge leaps forward when it comes to showing off the device. Perhaps hearing people call out for actual video of the device, along with its User Interface (UI) and functionality actually sank in (it did). We've seen plenty of videos of the Adam in the past, and now Notion Ink's Rohan Shravan is ready to show off something else: Eden VIII.
Tonight comes the newest installment in the EDEN system of demos, this one VII and the first one to be done direct from the screen via the HDMI out to a computer at Notion Ink. This means a much better looking quality video, but still without sound. Improving ever so steadily! This video features a look at the Leaves system of working with the tablet and a tiny glance at the desktop. Leaves take each of your apps (apps that are ready to work with Leaves, of course) and turns them into sort of big widgets. They say that since things like feeds, Tweeting, Facebooking, and changing a song aren't full-fledged apps in themselves, they shouldn't need a full app open! Enter Leaves - or panels, if that's what you'd like to call them. Check it out!
We've been waiting to see the fruits of Notion Ink's EAP (early access program) with third-party developers, and the Adam tablet's mapping app - developed by Merio - is a good place to start. Rather than simply blow up Google Maps to the 10.1-inch display, Adam has its own custom app supporting POIs, turn-by-turn directions and 3D.