Engadget had caught up with Rohan Shravan from Notion Ink on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show for a quick chat where Shravan gave some interesting bits of info about the Pixel Qi and LCD variants of Adam. According to him, the Pixel Qi Adam models contributed to 30% of all pre-orders. He further points out that this in no way was a measure of the popularity of the variant. Instead, the company had issues with procuring enough units of Pixel Qi displays which is itself manufactured by a start up company.
Shravan also talked about the battery life of an LCD Adam in comparison to a Pixel Qi variant. He expects an average LCD Adam user to see a battery life of between 10 and 14 hours. Pixel Qi Adam users can see an extra 1-1.5 hours on battery. Shravan attributes the extra power saving to the backlight being turned off on a Pixel Qi model and also because of an ambient light sensor that automatically turns displays off to save power.
Bangalore based Notion Ink has generated a lot of buzz in the past one year. In just a few more days time, the Consumer Electronics Show will get underway in Las Vegas where Rohan Shravan is expected to unveil the new Adam officially. Expect high quality official video demonstrations then. In the mean time, if you have been following Notion Ink on their blog, you may have been able to get a hold on most of what is to be expected with this launch.
Check out the video walk-through of the Eden UI that have been posted on the Notion Ink blog until now.
The latest video from Notion Ink demonstrates a third party application from Croatian developer, Mireo. Mireo is reportedly one of Notion Ink’s EAP partners.
The mapping application is pretty original and comes with the ability to track directions between any two places, find places of interest like Hotels, Petrol Station, Parking lot in the neighborhood, save/reverse route directions, etc. There is also voice notification. You can check out a demo of the application below.
Rohan Shravan has also revealed in his blog post that 3G devices will be capable of operating in 2G/EDGE networks. This is particularly important for customers in places like India where 3G networks are not fully operational.
Shravan has also revealed another interesting nugget of information. He has said that that the Adam will be capable of handling SMS messages. He notes that third party developers could build applications that can trigger the tablet to do things remotely by sending an SMS.
Besides this, the video demo also takes the user through a number of features available on the Adam browser. This includes
Double tap to zoom in (similar to pinch-to-zoom on the iPhone and Android phones)
a tab switcher to navigate between all the active browser windows. Selecting a tab can either happen by a ‘tap and select’ or by directly swiping over the tab.
Drag over a tab to close it. You can also undo a closed tab from the tab switcher
All the browser functions like ‘back’, ‘forward’, ‘refresh’ and ‘bookmarks’ are on the left side of the browser
‘Double touch’ to zoom while you scroll
Get a list of menu items by a ‘double tap and drag up’. The menu will give you options to view bookmarks, history, crop, find, select text, view downloads, browser settings, page info and kill browser
The ‘Panel view’ lets users check out all open tabs along vertical panels
You can check out a complete walk-through below. Do let us know how you find these features in the comments below.
Rohan Shravan from the Notion Ink team has been giving us video demonstrations of the Adam’s Eden UI over the past few days. His latest video however goes deep into some of the hardware features available on the Adam tablet.
Points of note in the recent video include an HDMI port that will let users stream content from Adam over a TV or computer. The functionality will stream audio as well and is operable even when the Adam is put to sleep mode (in order to be more power efficient).
False digitizer on the Adam lets the user convert this tablet into an instant touchpad that can be used as a digitizer. While the video does demonstrate very accurate movement tracking, Shravan notes that the false digitizer will work best with a stylus.
Another feature that Shravan talks about in his latest blog post is the 2x speakers available on the Adam that offers an enhanced surround sound in comparison to the tablets available in the market that offer mono speakers. Check out the video demo of the Adam hardware in the video embedded below.
The warranty details of Notion Ink Adam had created a controversy post which the company has published a detailed Warranty agreement that you can find here. In addition to this, the company CEO Rohan Shravan has also noted that an extended warranty is in the works. In a chat with NotionInkHacks.com, Shravan has said,
“Yes we do have plans for this. Right now I have asked everyone at Notion Ink to re-work everything related to customer support because my next goal is to make Notion Ink best in customer relations. Once the internal quality benchmarks are done on the plans, we will release them.”
On a sidenote, Shravan has also indicated that while rooting Adam might be a tad tough, it is not impossible. But as expected, such a process could undeniably revoke the warranty on the device. Notion Ink is learned to be in talks with their partners to see how this can be resolved.
Rohan Shravan from Notion Ink has given a lengthy interview to Android Police – the website that has led the brigade that questioned the company’s business policies and just stopped short of calling them a scam. In his interview, Shravan clarifies on a number of features, policies and pre-order related queries. While a video demo (scheduled to be out today) is yet to be out, Shravan has given us information regarding Adam’s integration with the Android market, features,etc.
Here are some quotes from Shravan’s interview
” It has been disabled since we need to give a mature solution. The possibilities are enormous on improving the Usability and we want the perfect solution to be made available to the users. We are working on some functionalities and it will only be enabled in next generation devices.”
On integration with Android market
“Android Market makes sense only after Honeycomb which will support higher resolution and bigger screen.”
You can read the complete interview of Shravan here.
Update : Here are two demo videos from Notion Ink up until now
Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan has revealed that the next batch of Adam units shall open for pre-orders “in a couple of weeks“. Speaking to DNA, Shravan has noted that his company, criticized by many for keeping details about the device too close to the chest, will open all communications in a few weeks time.
Rohan Shravan has also given us a few interesting tidbits about the pre-orders made so far – though none about the absolute number of orders made. According to him a majority of orders were from USA and Europe.
“It’s ratio of 60:40 between US (40%) and Europe (60%).”
Notion Ink is scheduled to give its first live demonstration of the Adam during the Consumer Electronics Show early next year. The company’s CEO has however promised to provide an in-depth video demo on his blog later this week.
More clarity for doubters who thought the Adam might be a scam. One more post from the Notion Ink CEO, Rohan Shravan explaining all the details that customers requested. As he explains, “pre-order was essentially for those who wanted to pre-book before Adam go out of stock (which it has already started for some variants)”. So the real deal was supposed to be showcased only during CES, which is in early January.
Anyway, here are some details you needed to know about the customer policies for Adam
Shipping fee : Notion Ink Adam ships from China, not India. And the shipment fee has been fixed taking into account the variables involved according to the country you live in. While Americans will have to pay $36 for international shipments, Russians will pay $180. Shravan explains that a common $50 will ensure that everybody across the world gets it at the same price.
Warranty : Unlike many other firms that discontinue warranties for products that are shipped outside the country of purchase, Adam is meant to hold its warranty globally. There is a 180 day warranty period for the battery
Refund Policy : Notion Ink has again tried to go by industry standards. Shravan explains that companies Dell request a 15% restocking fee and Toshiba offer a 10 day return period.
There is many more things to read. The official video is coming up on December 18. Stay put until then.
Starting up can be tough. And add to it the pains of an enthusiastic and demanding audience. Critics who criticize for the heck of it, or raise valid objections don’t help either. All said, the pre-ordering system that Notion Inkopened up yesterday for Adam did not go too well considering questions are being raised about the frequent crashes, inordinately high shipping fee/time and the absence of video demos.
Well, Rohan Shravan from Notion Ink has just made a short post on the blog reiterating that he would try to address all the concerns soon. In his post, Shravan writes,
“Bad time to be in flight. Pro-order system crashed several times, though it was not at Notion Ink’s head quarters, but rather than the server side in USA. Being Indian company they predicted more traffic from India and did some optimization which turned out to be complete disaster. On top of it there was an algorithm to smoothen the process of product distribution globally.
I am collecting all the comments and writing back in sometime. Stay tuned. Seems a lot is still there to discuss and talk about. (Especially the Android Police’s new post)”
So, while it is entirely up to you to hold back on your pre-orders till you are convinced enough, at least be assured that the product is no scam. We will update you on more info when revealed.