The Adam is looking Good
<>The Adam's initial pre-order brouhaha caused many of us to lose faith in the Indian start-up. But in the days since, Notion Ink has provided us with video after video of the Adam in use under real-world conditions. Every bit of footage we see makes the Adam look more and more impressive, and now we have the first ever unboxing to celebrate too.
A developer named Van Gunst signed up with NI's EAP program. He was given early access to an Adam in order to start coding his app. Likely breaking his non-disclosure agreement, Van Gunst posted up photos of the Adam from package to launch screen. The shipping method seemed a little low-end (battered package with an unmarked box) but the tablet itself looks great.
So the Adam is -very- definitely real. And we have soft evidence that many of the promised features work. HDMI-out was spotted, delivering video to a computer monitor. The Adam was also shown set up as a keyboard for a computer using the false digitizer. It seemed smooth- certainly fast enough to act as a media box keyboard.
The Adam's browser is supposedly one of the fastest on earth. That's Notion Ink's claim, and they threw out some numbers to back it up. On a Rightwave browser mark benchmark test, it scored a 51049. Compare that to the iPad's 38620.
You'll want to wait for a benchmark from someone besides Notion Ink for true confirmation, of course. Just like you'll want to see all these features running on videos shot by someone without a vested interest in making the Adam look good. That said, the initial benchmark data is extremely promising.
Today Notion Ink shared that the Adam's 3G is expected to also deliver 2G service in all tested countries. They also posted a video of the new Mireo mapping application. It allows you to easily set mid-points and map out long trips with multiple destinations. The interface looks fairly simple and the turn-by-turn looks at least as good as Google Nav.
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The wait for the Adam rolls to its end. We'll have our chance to see it in the flesh next week. Until then, these videos will have to be enough to satisfy us.