SlashGear has gone hands-on with the highly anticipated and controversial tablet from India, the Adam, and they are impressed. Adam has excited and teased tablet users and Android fans around the world since its announcement last year. Things turned ugly (and fast) with the opening of pre-orders, thanks to Notion Ink’s inexperience. However, as the video demonstrations have shown, Adam is quite unlike any other device on the market.
Apple has made a name for itself by paying attention to detail. Now, Notion Ink is trying to challenge iPad’s supremacy by following the same principle. Although the Adam is an Android tablet running on the powerful Tegra 2, it has its own user interface (called Eden), and its own set of carefully developed applications.
According to Slashgear:
Eden, the multitasking UI, splits the screen into three panes, and intelligently uses the dual-core NVIDIA processor to balance power and battery life. For instance, the CPU shows up as a single core in the Android Aboutpage; Eden won’t activate the second core if there’s still capacity in the first core. The way individual apps are handled does its part to minimize Tegra 2 exertion too. In the mail client, for instance, when you’re only reading emails it doesn’t load the send-mail library. That reduces load times and shrinks the amount of memory and power required. Other apps work in a similar way, only loading the libraries that are necessary for the functions you’re actively using. Background apps are frozen to free up their resources.
Thanks to all the optimizations, Adam is silky smooth even under heavy load. Switching between applications is near instantaneous, and video playback is remarkably fluid. In fact, SlashGear found the entire experience to be as smooth as watching videos on a dedicated Blu-ray player.
Judging from the initial impressions, Adam might indeed be the perfect blend of beauty, flexibility and power. I am expecting iPad 2 to get multi-tasking capabilities. If that indeed turns out to be true, it will be interesting to see Apple’s approach, as Notion Ink seems to have done an outstanding job.