The Notion Ink Adam has had a long sordid history. The 10" tablet that promised a full-color LCD display in the same housing as a transflective display that provides e-ink-like readability without a backlight looked great but failed to catch on in the market. The device still has its share of devoted followers, though. If you're among them, then we've got a tasty treat for you: an Ice Cream Sandwich beta.


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The new build is being created by third-party devs, but Notion Ink is promoting it on their official blog. It's unclear how much Notion Ink is involved in the process, but it's nice to see Google's latest software come to the tablet that the blogs forgot. Given that many high-profile tablets have vague update schedules or may be skipped entirely, it's encouraging to see a company actively involved in updates for its devices.

If you've got an Adam and want to try out the new beta, Notion Ink has downloads and instructions available on their company blog. Keep in mind that this build still isn't finished, so it will likely have some bugs and a few features don't work yet. That being said, the Adam is one step closer to having the full power of ICS behind its unique hardware.

Source: Notion Ink Blog

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  • Bo

    The Adam, I remember the prerelease hoople over that thing, then the postrelease shipping/distribution problems. So how did the tablet actually turn out? Underwhelmind I assume?

    • cosmic

      Its biggest selling point, pixel qi, was extremely underwhelming. Glossy capacitive screens and transflective screens just do not mix. If anyone was to try pixel qi again I'd highly recommend infrared screens w/ matte displays.

    • Justin Moore

      I've owned one for just over a year now despite some problems its a better device than the vast majority of 1st-gen tablets out there.

      The PixelQi display is actually not at all bad WITH the included matte screen protector and works well indoors in bright rooms without it.

      The biggest problems the Adam have had have not been shipping/build-quality issues (despite the bad press on those fronts, which is well-deserved). Rather, what has sunk the Adam is a lack of driver support from nVidia as well as having been frozen out of Honeycomb. It also turns out that the Tegra2 is shit. But nobody really knew that at the time.

  • Seth Daniel

    I ordered one. It was a great idea, but not so well executed. The screen had to be seen straight on; the viewing angle was about 20 degrees-it really was that bad. It was also rather clunky and the original software was slow. There were a bunch of Honeycomb ports that I used for a while, but I ended up selling it in favor of a galaxy tab 10.1.

  • wes

    Yeah, It was supposed to replace the kindle and tablet for my wife. She likes to read outside while the kids play. It's not a great tablet and not a great e-reader. She's gone back to using a kindle and I got her a flyer.

  • Justin Moore

    BTW, anybody who still has an Adam probably has already installed it, but this is a great ROM. It is not as fast as BeastROM, but nothing else ever will be. Fixed all the major issues except the mic and camera and considering how crappy the camera is, good riddance.

  • Steve

    This is great news for us who own other Tegra 2 Harmony-based hardware, like the GTablet. :-)

  • Franky

    I like the tablet, but the screen could have a bit bigger. Ice doesn't work thT great for, so ill go back to beast. Great rom. Performance is better than with ice beta. I hope to see a finished release of ice.

  • Jack

    Ice they just put public is that bad that you have to go back to any other rom made by tabletroms. Its a pitty how slow and badly organized notionink is.