I’m pulling for one 10-inch Android tablet in particular: the Adam, produced by a new startup named Notion Ink. They’ve come up with a highly practical design that moves in its own direction and solves some problems that other makers seem to have ignored (such as the limited utility of a camera that can only aim straight up and away from the screen). They’ve enhanced Android with “Eden,” their own multipaneled user interface. And the Adam uses a new transflective LCD technology that keeps the screen readable even in bright outdoor light. The Pixel Qi display also saves power, by turning off the backlighting when the room’s ambient light is sufficient.
I’m not the only observer who’s enthusiastic about the Adam. There’s a simple reason for that: Notion Ink has given me something to be enthusiastic about. Via their blog, the company has been refreshingly open about the development process. They aren’t just spitting out press releases and hosting stiff, executive photo ops: they’re showing full walkthroughs of the hardware and software as it’s being developed.
And holy jumping Zarquon on a unicycle: they’ve actually got a price in mind: the 10-inch Adam will be available in multiple configurations starting at $375. There’s enough air between that price and the $499 minimum iPad price to present no pricing obstacles for the thing.
(See, Verizon? T-Mobile? Acer? ASUS? Sprint? It’s not that hard.)
There’s still no release date for the Adam. But Notion Ink has been happily showing off a highly-functional unit to everyone with a working phone camera, judging from all of the online videos from CES.