Notion Ink has finally posted up video of the Eden UI in action on the Adam. For the first time, we have video of an Adam functioning in real-world conditions. The tablet was shown with Mail'd, the Browser, the Navigation App, the Canvas (similar to Paint) app, a Calendar, a Calculator, a PDF file, the file browser and an E-Book reader running at once.
Eden is built on OpenGL, and tab scrolling and app selection move very rapidly. 'Widget' control panels for your apps run in a three panel system that allows you to multitask with great ease. Side-scrolling brings up your other open applications. While the panels are rather thin, they stretch automatically as you browse.
The PDF viewer ran -really- well, even with a bunch of apps open in the background. The look and feel of Eden is very distinct from both iOS and stock Android. It has the feel of a large desk space, filled with useful tools. You've got your calendar, email, calculator (displaying the golden ratio), your writing app and your e-reader all just a touch away.
The panel system allows the Adam to function like a computer with a multiple-monitor set-up. The ability to interact with one app while still monitoring two others is huge from a productivity stand-point. Factor in excellent battery life, that Pixel Qi display and easy plug-and-play for USB devices, and you have something unparalleled in the industry.
The iPad is a useful gadget, but it is not a full laptop replacement. If the production Adam works as smoothly and quickly as this video, and if the Adam's photo-editing and office programs prove sufficiently robust, we could have a tablet that is a legitimate laptop replacement.
Sure, the HP Slate and its Windows-packing ilk offer enough functionality to do the job, but there is no real benefit to such a device. They have crappy battery life and more bulk than something like an Air or a netbook. And they offer (generally) poor touch integration to boot. Your laptop at least has a decent keyboard.
Looking at the Adam in these two videos, I'm fairly certain I could do my job entirely from such a tablet. A lot will depend on the on-screen keyboard. The fact that NI allows you to split up the keyboard for easy two-handed use makes me hopeful. Unfortunately, no video can give you a real idea of how comfortable an on-screen keyboard will be to use.
There are still reasons for caution- namely the fact that the Adam's full spec list is still unknown. But Notion Ink promises to release new videos daily showing different Eden apps in-use. We now know the product is real- we'll see how it works in January.