Notion Ink is a company which anyone following Technology should know. They were one of the earliest companies to make an Android tablet way back in 2010 with features not there in any other tablets till date. This one also comes with a lot of unique features which are not there in any other tablets.
Notion Ink is an Indian Company and they are proud of it. The back of the device reads, ‘Created with love by Notion Ink Design Labs in India, Assembled in China’.
Design and the Build
The default wallpaper reads ‘ It starts with the book ‘ and there’s a reason for that. One side of the device has a wide bezel making it extremely comfortable to hold, just the way you would hold a book in your hand. The back of the device is made of Aluminium and it gives a premium feel to the device. It weighs around 584 grams which feels really light on your hands due to the build.
It has stereo speakers on the front which are separated by a good distance. It provides great quality sound and the depth is also good. But, the audio output level is really low.Unlike the first Adam, it has separate cameras for the front and the back. They are 3.2 MP each. These cameras are not good enough for photographs, but they are good for video calls when there is good amount of light.
Ports on the left are for Micro USB which has OTG Support, Mini HDMI for Display out, Micro SD Card Slot for Cards up to 32GB and a Sim Slot for Data Connectivity. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack to the right. The only physical buttons are for the volume rocker and the power button.
It has a 1.5 GHz Dual Core, CortexA9 Processor, a Mali 400 Quad Core GPU, 1GD DDR3 RAM and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. It comes with 8GB of internal storage out of which 6.2GB is accessible.
This has an average processor, Good Graphics and Poor RAM. It can play most of the high end games really well and also 1080p videos without any problem. But, the device lags when just very few apps are open showing the problem of having very low RAM. It also affects the browsing experience when many tabs are open at the same time.
Display is the most important part of any tablet. Adam II has a 10.1 inch 720p IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1280×800. With only 150ppi, this is very low for any device these days. The viewing angles are good, but it is bad under direct sunlight.
The best part of the tablet is that it comes with a secondary display on the side. There are two 100×5 STN LCD displays which are used to display notifications and also a custom message along with the time. It works even the device is turned off showing the custom message.
Notion Ink makes no mistakes of shipping the tablet with any bloatware. It runs pure Android 4.2.2. It just has small additions to the settings for the secondary display and for taking screenshots.
Adam II comes with a huge 6000mAh Lithium Ion Battery which does a very good job. The device did last us one whole day with mixed usage and the wi-fi turned on. It got bad when we connected it to 3G. It last us just half a day and the device got hot at times even when we were not using it.
The Wi-Fi only version is priced at Rs. 16,500 and the Wi-Fi + 3G version is priced at Rs. 19,000.
- Secondary Display
- Good Design & Easy to handle
- Not very expensive
- Low RAM
- Resolution of the display is too low