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Notion Ink Adam Orders Begin Again: Should You Buy?

Feb 9 2011, 1:04pm CST | by , in News | Tablets

Notion Ink Adam Orders Begin Again: Should You Buy?
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I didn't.

Despite some damages during shipping and an FCC-related delay, the first round of Adam shipments went well. Customers received their products, the Adam was proven real, and the wait for a new round of orders began. This morning, I had an email from Notion Ink in my inbox: Today is the Day.

Orders will be initially limited to an extended list of commenters and fan-forum members. On 11 Feb at 11:55 PM IST, the link will go up for general orders. The LCD, WiFi only model is $375 while the Pixel Qi WiFi model starts at $499. 3G brings the cost up to $425 (LCD) or $550 (PQ).

So...should you buy an Adam?

You need to know that the early battery benchmarking reports barely have it breaking 5 hours. That's a far cry from the vaunted 6 hours of looping 1080p we were promised. I haven't yet found a review with thorough benchmarking, so until Notion Ink gets on that we'll have no solid answer.

There have been numerous complaints on the forums and from early users about the display. In Pixel Qi mode it is too dark to read indoors without direct light, while the LCD mode appears to be washed out. The vaunted matte display requires the application of a cumbersome screen protector.

There have also been quite a few complaints about the camera. Low picture quality appears to be endemic. Some users report their Adam shipping with a broken camera, while others just think it feels cheap.

The Eden UI and the file sniffer have both drawn a lot of praise, and Mail'd seems to be a pretty excellent email client. Some users have reported bugs in Eden, but Notion Ink appears to be On It from a tech support standpoint.

So there you are. The Adam has received very mixed reviews, but a lot of early users seem fond of it. Just don't buy one expecting a smooth or hassle-free user experience.

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