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Apple’s iPad vs Notion Ink’s Adam tablet with Ubuntu: battle of two worlds


We can safely say that the Apple iPad is received with mixed feelings by the IT-savvy community. The main problem is that the tablet is just not as revolutionary as many expected it would be. It keeps many of the limitations of the iPhone (no multitasking, tightly controlled app-store) and doesn’t provide impressive new features which could keep the balance.

Let’s compare this tablet to one of the more promising Tegra 2 tablets on the way to the market: the Notion Ink Adam. Admittedly, the Adam is not on the market yet, while the iPad is quite sure gets there soon. Nevertheless, we give the benefit of the doubt to Notion Ink (especially, considering how badly Nvidia wants to start the Tegra 2 device line). In my comparison, the Adam runs Ubuntu Linux with the Mobile Edition which has a touch oriented user interface. The first version of the Adam is expected to come with Android but since Nvidia officially supports Ubuntu on the Tegra 2, we can expect a fully working Ubuntu edition on the Adam soon enough. Moreover, for such powerful hardware as the Adam, even Android seems limited to me.

Screen technology and diplay features

Both the iPad and the Adam have ~10″ LCD displays with capacitive touchscreen technology. However, the Adam features PixelQi technology which means lower power consumption, direct sunlight readability and higher contrast when switched to BW mode for reading. The Adam will have a hardware switch for easy mode-changing (BW/low-power colour/full colour) which will help lowering the power consuption (like a wifi or 3G radio shut-off switch). The iPad doesn’t seem to have any hw switch, not even one for adjusting the brightness of the screen (meaning: unless there is an ultra-easy touch gesture for it, nobody will adjust the brigthness for ambient light conditions). The iPad specs page lists an ambient light sensor, so the OS may be able to automatically turn-down the backlight when not needed but this won’t save you as much as the power saving modes of the PixelQi screen. All-in-all, the screen of the Adam seems to be more versatile and power efficient.

Processing power

The custom Apple A4 processor of the iPad runs at 1Ghz and is a single-core ARM Cortex A9 solution. The Tegra 2 of the Adam features 2 Cortex A9 cores running at 1 Ghz. Due to the exact same technology platform, I expect the Adam almost two times as powerful as the iPad and this should be very much noticable in the more important applications (e.g. web-browser). The iPad has the stock ARM Mali 50 graphics core, while the Tegra 2 includes a Geforce 9 level graphics core. Although, I am not very familiar with the capabilities of these cores, I expect the Nvidia core to be more powerful since this is where Nvidia has strong competency. Some say the Mali core is not even in the same league as the Tegra 2 graphics core but this remains to be seen. (Disclaimer: it is possible that current reports about the inclusion of the Mali are inaccurate and the iPad uses a PowerVR graphics core like the iPhone).

GUI/desktop enviroment

The iPad runs the GUI environment of the iPhone OS (an OS X derivative), while the Adam runs Ubuntu Mobile (at least in my comparison). The Adam may not support multitouch in the short term but already has support for gestures (e.g: a swipe for moving to the next image in the image browser). The iPad supports multitouch and a wide array of gestures. I expect the iPad GUI easier to use and more refined (at least for the time being, since Ubuntu Mobile is quite a young project).

The “desktop” is easy to use in both environment, very similar application startup and indicators. The Ubuntu OS will run several applications in parallel while you will be able to use only one app ata time on the iPad. (see about  this later)

Web Browsing

The iPad doesn’t run Flash but said to render normal webpages snappily in its custom Safari browser. Youtube is supported just like on the iPhone but no Flash games and no Java applets in webpages (see about interpreters later in the application section).

The Adam will run full editions of Firefox/Chrome/Opera and expected to have an optimized Flash version (Flash 10.1 coming soon) so it will be good for running web-pages with video streaming and Flash games. Java applets (rare nowadays) will work too.

Playing video / Listening to music

The iPad has no HDMI output (has a simple VGA output, max res: 1024×768) and is rated for decoding 720p videos. This is a far cry from the 3 simultanious 1080p streams of the Tegra 2 and built-in HDMI port of the Adam. The Tegra 2/ Adam offering is far more powerful and makes the Adam a viable HTPC if you want to play the movies from your tablet onto your HDTV screen.

Both have a 3.5 mm jack and speakers so hw-wise, listening to music should not be a problem. Ubuntu has powerful music player applications which are on par with iTunes of the iPhone/iPad.

Playing games

The Geforce graphics core of the Tegra 2 in the Adam will be quite sufficient to play 3D games. The performance of the Mali 50 is not widely known at this point but is not expected to be worse than the graphics core in the iPhone 3GS so it is likely able to run 3G games like the demo based on the Unreal engine. I expect the Tegra 2 graphics core of the Adam  more powerful.

Camera / video chat / VOIP

The iPad doesn’t have a built-in camera which is a glaring omission. The Adam will have a 3Mp built-in camera, which is more than enough for Skype videophoning. Moreover, the Tegra 2 supports real-time hardware encoding of 1080p streams to H264 so, properly written video-chat applications should work extremely well on the Adam. Ubuntu should run any Linux VOIP app compiled for ARM. I expect Skype and other open/closed source software work well on the Adam in the short-medium term.

Apple has recently lifted the restrictions on Skype and other VOIP apps in the iPhone app catalog so the iPad will have the voice part OK but you will need an external cam for video chats and currently there is no information on the video encoding capabilities of Apple’s A4 SOC.

Battery runtime

The iPad is rated for 10hrs of use (wifi browsing). The Adam is specified to have 16 hours of wifi browsing. The Adam looks like the winner here but the iPad’s 10-hour runtime is also quite good.

Ebook reading

The Adam’s PixelQi screen supports this activity much better especially in sunlit places. Ubuntu runs FBReader (my favourite ebook reader software) and has viewers for every kind of complex-document formats (most of them will be displayed in Evince, in case of Ubuntu). The iPad has a new reader application which is too early to write about but expected to be an intuitive reader-app (if the track record of Apple is any indication).

Navigation

Both devices include GPS units, so navigation software should be available for both. Google Navigation will certainly run on the Adam, I just hope it doesn’t get blocked from the iPad app-store.

Other applications, Multitasking

While the iPhone has a huge selection of applications in Apple’s app-store, most of them will have to be tailored for the iPad for full potential. This will surely happen if the iPad becomes successful but it may happen slowly if the device proves to be less than a clear success. Application-wise, I expect the Apple iPad to be as closed as the iPhone, so you will be able to install only Apple-approved applications from the official app-store.

Ubuntu on the Adam can run any full-desktop or command line Linux/ARM software from the Ubuntu ARM repositories. This is a huge selection of software and includes powerful applications like OpenOffice, GIMP and others. These may not be optimized for the touchscreen interface but the Adam’s backside trackpad can help using them in tablet mode and in docked mode you will be able to use a USB mouse and keyboard just like with a netbook. Moreover, Ubuntu is completely free of limitations so you will be able install whatever software you want.

The iPad currently has multitasking disabled so you can run only one application at a time. The Adam has the full multitasking of Linux. The Adam’s dual-core hardware should run several applications efficiently in parallel. A good use-case for this: a Bittorrent download running on your Adam while reading an ebook (I do this quite often on my OLPC XO-1).

Apple doesn’t allow applications running in interpreters so you will never run a Flash/Java/Python/.Net-Mono application on the iPad although the hardware is sufficient for them. The Adam’s Ubuntu will run any of those applications without any restrictions. Flash 10.1 is expected to be optimized for ARM SOCs and Java 6 has an optimized version for the Cortex A9 processors so the Adam should run apps based on these technologies well. Desktop and Webstarted Java clients are quite common in the enterprise IT world so the Adam may get some love from there.

It is not yet known how much RAM the iPad or the Adam has, but based on the Tegra 2 development board, the Adam will have at least 1 Gb of RAM which is quite sufficient for running even several complex applications in parallel.

Storage

The Adam will have expandable storage by a microSD slot, while the iPad seems to have no storage expansion slot at all.

Price

The cheapest version of the iPad is announced for $499 in the US. The Adam is expected to carry a sub-$400 pricetag ($320 is a current estimate).

Conclusion

The iPad hardware seems to be seriously lacking when compared to the Adam’s Tegra 2 foundations, PixelQi screen, trackpad and other features.

Application-wise, the playground is more leveled but for Linux-savvy people the choice is a no-brainer. The iPad will certainly appeal to people who want devices which “just work” and accept the serious, artificial limitations imposed on their device.

Reference:

iPad specifications  by Apple

Ubuntu Mobile Edition

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  1. David Stephens
    January 29, 2010 at 00:14 | #1

    Smart phones were dripping in high technology and features but the iPhone still wiped the floor with them. How hard is it to understand, it is the experience and the ecosystem! Period.

    Nobody wants a Linux pad except geeks.

    • David Stephens
      January 29, 2010 at 01:04 | #2

      That’s funny, a typical geek piece.

      Too bad we live in the real world where the numbers tell the tale.

      Fact is Apple entered the PMP business and crushed all comers with the iPod and funny enough everyone was deriding the original iPod at the time with the same prognostications of failure.

      Apple entered the phone market and it was beyond wildly successful. It launched a slew of copycat devices, some just complete rips of the styling and OS functionality. Yes I am talking about WebOS and Android :)

      So Apple releases a tablet and the same geeks scream about how Linux can do so much more, blah blah blah.

      See a pattern here? Of course you don’t because you are in self denial about Linux taking over the world.

    • meanasspenguin
      January 29, 2010 at 17:16 | #3

      David does have a point. The masses generally cannot handle using more than one application at a time. This is why the iphone is so successful. I’m sure many of the same people who can afford the price-tag will also purchase the iPad; and why shouldn’t they? If they purchased a linux-based device then they would simply bother the Linux community instead of Apple support. Every device has their issues, but frankly I would rather talk with a “geek” when something is misbehaving than with an Apply fan-boy fanatic.

    • ricegf
      January 31, 2010 at 14:25 | #4

      Apple “wiped the floor” with existing smartphones? Nobody wants Linux? Given to hyperbole much?

      As of October 2009, RIM held 42% of the US market, with Apple second with 25%, WinCE third with 20%, and various Linux fourth with just under 10%. Worldwide, it’s Nokia’s Symbian platform with about 70%, followed by various Linux products with 17%, WinCE with 6%, RIM with 3%, and Apple in the noise (the Asian market dwarfs ours, don’tcha know).

      Wiped the floor indeed.

      According to both Gartner and IDC, in 2012 Symbian will maintain its hefty lead in worldwide share, but Android Linux will leap into a solid second followed by RIM in third and (roughly) a fourth-place tie between Apple and WinCE. Other Linux platforms (WebOS, Maemo, and Other) will battle for sixth through eighth, although Nokia’s QT strategy to unify app development across Symbian and Maemo makes the latter platform a promising long-term bet.

      Oh, go read it for yourself – GIYF, but http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9148218/Google_s_Android_will_surge_in_mobile_OS_wars_IDC_says will get you started.

      The iPhone is reasonably popular in the USA, but let’s not get carried away with ourselves, shall we?

  2. James Gavin
    January 29, 2010 at 00:44 | #5

    What you fail to mention is that no one wants a crippled device that is little more than an e-book reader and is not capable of replacing either a smart phone or a netbook.

  3. January 29, 2010 at 00:59 | #6

    The tablet PC is not a new concept, nor is the ereader (which is posible because eink simulates book pages, something Apple seems to be missing the point about). Multitasking is something taken for granted, copy and paste are in the building blocks of gui interfaces, still apple seems to forget those things in favor of DRM, which users dislike to no end.

    Why then are people all crazy about something as poorly named as iPad?

  4. Aristaeus
    January 29, 2010 at 01:12 | #7

    The “Apple user experience” seems reminiscent of a game called “DDR”, where the user gets points for most closely mirroring the steps of another. In this case, “well adapted” Apple users are those who can most closely follow the restrictions imposed by Steve Jobs’ “footsteps” as entrenched in his Apple devices. They join the “Apple ecosystem” and become part of Steve Jobs’ food chain, happily forever after.

    The rest of us Linux users (yes, the “few” users who presently use Linux, in, say, the millions of Android and Maemo phones sold, as well as netbooks and home computers), are less comfortable aping Steve Jobs’ every whim, buy what we want, prefer to think for ourselves and make machines do our will. To each his/her own, I guess.

    • February 2, 2010 at 16:40 | #8

      Chapeau! I could not say it in other words :P

  5. CMD
    January 29, 2010 at 04:38 | #9

    Despite being a piece of crap, the ipad will sell anyway by rabid fans who will buy anything with an Apple logo on that looks good, nevermind that it’s crippled functionally.

    As for the ipod, i’d rather have a Sandisk Fuse anyday, atm I have a Sansa Sandisk Clip+ which has 4GB internally (can be had with 8GB internally) and has a microsd card slot for cards upto 16GB. Sound quality is great and it can play mp3, ogg and flac, and also wma. Plus it’s a lot cheaper than an Ipod Shuffle

  6. January 29, 2010 at 07:04 | #10

    Apple does what they do well and they make it easy for “ordinary” people and that is a huge plus for them and something that the Linux (and even Microsoft) crowd needs to recognize. The limitations are actually part of the appeal for some folks. When you can’t do too many things or add any other hardware or software besides what Apple allows, then it is pretty hard to truly mess the device up. Unfortunately for the world, this means they also severely limit the possibilities of their device. The lack of Flash support seems especially distressing to me and it seems a blatant control issue. Maybe there is some technical reason to not do it, but it seems to me that the concern for Apple is that if they permitted Flash (or Java for that matter – I assume Javascript still works?) on the iPod or the iPad, then suddenly people could run apps on their device that Apple didn’t approve, control, or profit from. That makes me a bit fearful for the future because Apple will be a major player if not THE major player in this area. I am trying to figure out how to deliver educational content to ANY of the myriad of cool tablets and e-readers that will likely appear this year, but Apple makes it very hard to do things any way but their way. Their way is really slick and cool and well implemented, but it isn’t universal enough. (As a side thought: Why has Microsoft treated this area like a step-child? Sure there will be Windows 7 “UMPCs” out this year, but almost like an after thought, yet in some ways with PocketPC, WinCE, Windows Mobile, Microsoft developed OS versions 7-8 years ago that were better at some things than iPhone OS is today. Microsoft can be controlling as well, but not nearly as much so as Apple. I would still welcome a relatively open Windows CE on this type of device if for no other reason than they have the best handwriting recognition of anyone and some very nice ability to “terminal in” to a Server or your workstation and run full powered apps remotely.)

    • January 29, 2010 at 12:58 | #11

      Microsoft doesn’t really want to treat this market as a stepchild but they have no choice. Win 7 optimized for x86 and has no ARM port yet. There are no x86 systems which have the power consumption comparable to ARM SOCs. Windows 7 doesn’t run on ARM and Windows CE/Mobile on a tablet is not very appealing.
      They need a lot of time and money to port Win7 to ARM and that is still not enough since the third-parti apps have to be migrated too.

      • January 30, 2010 at 13:37 | #12

        I wasn’t really thinking of running Windows 7 on ARM processors. More I was thinking why Microsoft didn’t do more with Windows CE/Mobile. They had a huge head start and had they kept developing this platform more, I think it could have been much more appealing for a tablet. The comparison is to iPhone OS and Android and maybe Chrome. In that head-to-head, CE could be enough.

        The bottom-line, though, is that I am on-board with your comparisons. I think the Notion Ink Adam is going to be excellent and I don’t want Apple’s limitations. I am ready to put it Notion Ink to work in schools if they can get it going quickly.

  7. January 29, 2010 at 13:59 | #13

    OK,
    Adam is not Linux, and it will not be.
    It is Android and we are changing its User Interface cos we know, you cannot just scale 3.2 inch OS to 10inch display.

    • January 29, 2010 at 14:35 | #14

      After some discussion with Rohan:
      Notion Ink will not officially release a full Linux for it, like Ubuntu. This is expected since it was said that it comes with Android. The device will not be locked so you will be able to put Ubuntu in a dual boot config or replace the stock Android completely (although it is likely worth keeping it as a fallback option)

      • ulv
        January 31, 2010 at 15:49 | #15

        Thanks for the info!

        Have been wondering about this.
        Dualboot between ubuntu and android?!

        The Adam just sounds better and better. Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  8. Dulwithe
    January 29, 2010 at 16:21 | #16

    QUOTE: “Moreover, Ubuntu is completely free of limitations so you will be able install whatever software you want.”

    I am a linux user and advocate. But saying Ubuntu or any linux distro is “completely free of limitations ” and you can “install whatever software” is bunk.

    I LOVE linux, but I HATE the fact that I can’t get my printers working properly, I cannot install Canon Easy Photo Print (SERIOUSLY GREAT SOFTWARE) because it is win/mac only.

    The bulk of end-user software that is available is Windows-centric, with Mac support next. Cellphone apps … Probably iphone has the most titles, and none of this is gonna work in linux.

    • mlo0352
      January 29, 2010 at 17:00 | #17

      Have you tried using WINE to install that software? Most people forget about it, but it seriously does handle a LOT of windows applications…even Teamviewer.

    • January 29, 2010 at 17:03 | #18

      The “completely free of limitations ” was meant that without limitations like the ones Apple/Microsoft artificially imposes. Like the Windows Starter Edition in which you cannot set the background. Naturally, Linux has its technical limitations.

      The “install whatever software” was meant that software which is not necessarily approved by the OS producer. You can install only Apple-approved software on your iPhone. I didn’t mean that you can install Windows software on it and it will run (although a lot of Windows software can be run on Linux in Wine)

    • January 29, 2010 at 22:14 | #19

      And ask yourself: is that really Linux fault or is it Canon’s and printer makers? When the Linux driver project started ( http://www.linuxdriverproject.org/ ) printer makers have none but themselves to blame if they choose not to participate, they even offer to sign NDAs before starting the programming of the drivers.

  9. January 29, 2010 at 17:52 | #20

    Doesn’t this run Android, at least that’s what the previous stories I’ve read mentioned?

  10. michel
    January 29, 2010 at 22:08 | #21

    I LOVE linux, but I HATE the fact that I can’t get my printers working properly, I cannot install Canon Easy Photo Print (SERIOUSLY GREAT SOFTWARE) because it is win/mac only.

    Think, think hard, about how you are going to print from your iPad. Think about it!

  11. tux41
    January 29, 2010 at 23:44 | #22

    I cannot see any mention of a USB port on the Adam- does it have at least 1? Think of the extra functionality one can achieve with a USB peripheral; backup, printing even.

    • shaun
      February 8, 2010 at 02:44 | #23

      it has 3 USB ports

  12. Gabriel
    January 29, 2010 at 23:45 | #24

    People forget that a tablet or pad or slate or whatever you want to call it should not be used as a primary computer except in case of necessity. These are convenience devices. You’re not going to type your thesis on one of these or program a new era of software on one.

    They are portable conveniences that help bridge that gap of a real computer (and real keyboard, mouse and other peripherals). I think the iPad is missing out on a good opportunity to provide video out. The graphics core in a Tegra will always be better then most any other graphics core except maybe something ATI comes out with. But when has Apple really embraced gaming and when has the market really embraced Apple as a viable gaming platform. Never thus far. So why compare Apples to anything else in that realm. If it can play some simple or casual games (ala the iPhone) then great. But I don’t expect AVP3 or FarCry 2 on an iPad. Besides without my full keyboard and mouse I wouldn’t wanna play on it anyhow.

    As far as running Ubuntu software. Dude, it’s coming with the Android OS. By the time Ubuntu appears as a shipping option (not a hacked option), if ever, Apple will be onto the iPad 4G or some other derivation of it’s hardware.

    If you want to talk hacking the Adam then you need to bring hacking the iPad into the situation as well. I run multitasked applications on my hacked iPhone all the time. So, compare them unless you really want to compare them.

    The only other thing that I find missing on the iPad is a camera and augmented reality capable hardware (i.e. one or two cameras, GPS and a compass).

    I don’t see a GPS or compass listed on the Adam so it sounds like they missed that train too. Too bad. We’ll be stuck using our cell phones for AR for the near future.

    Android is so close but yet so far from being an iPhoneOS replacement. The software is 9/10 of the appeal. I am a huge Google fan boy and I used to work there so trust me. I have every gen iPhone and a G1 and a myTouch Android phones. I *want* the Android OS to reach a point where the Nexus One is a viable replacement for my 3GS but it’s simply not there. Until it gets there, my hacked iPhone 3GS is king. Period.

    • PsychoBiscuit
      September 29, 2010 at 23:44 | #25

      A bit late, but I didn’t see this corrected anywhere else in the comments:
      Adam has GPS, wireless B/G/N, Bluetooth, and 3G.

      Installing a different OS on the iPad and Adam are drastically different. Apple does not allow you to do this, and doing so will likely result in some kind of legal action should they find out.

      The Adam is more of an open platform, Notion Ink does not prohibit it. As long as the hardware works, Linux on the Adam should work fine. I have a feeling Notion Ink will respond favorably to people wanting to work with them for driver support, should it be needed.

      I’ve been interested in tablets for some time. I like customization, and as a Linux user, it doesn’t get better than dual booting Android/Ubuntu.

      I’ve also been worried about getting the right bang for my buck hardware wise, but the Adam sounds like it will deliver.

      As far as apps go between iPhone OS and Android, the gap has drastically decreased. In the beginning I knew that there were more quality apps on the iPhone. But recently, the difference is so small that it’s barely a factor. I can find any kind of app that I look for anymore.

      • PsychoBiscuit
        September 29, 2010 at 23:52 | #26

        Oh, almost forgot to mention multi-touch support for both Android and Linux.

  13. January 30, 2010 at 01:04 | #27

    The killer feature for me for the Adam is the pixelQi screen. If you can really read ebooks on it very well it will beat the iPad and Kindle by a mile

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  15. Corinn
    January 30, 2010 at 07:48 | #29

    Pulling the iPod card out every time someone attacks an Apple product’s credibility is stupid in the extreme.

    What made the iPod awesome is actually something most of the people who bought it don’t even KNOW ABOUT–the extremely high-end Wolfson DAC crammed in that little guy. The same sort of DAC chip that’s present in midrange audiophile CD players.

    I sure as hell didn’t buy an iPod (which I sold, I now use a 2-year-old Sony DAP) for the “experience” or the “ecosystem.” I bought it because, at the time, it had better sound quality than everything else in existence.

  16. gupney
    January 30, 2010 at 14:11 | #30

    The way rumour mill was getting hyped up about iPad, I though it surely was going to turn the world on its head, like it was going to be star-trek type device. Instead, iPad only managed turn apple on its head.

  17. kk2k7it
    January 30, 2010 at 15:35 | #31

    Well. Apple is the best known to develop gadgets of its own kind, Apple’s ‘ipad’ has turned out 2 b the singularly most disappointing piece of technlgy frm apple in the past decade.
    Look at the real ipad here :: http://i.gizmodo.com/5458510/wait-no-this-is-the-real-ipad
    when comparing all the specfs; NOTIONINK’s ADAM is far far better product “Made in India”

  18. January 30, 2010 at 16:20 | #32

    Just thought you should no that voip restrictions have been lifted in iphone os 3.2. So you might want to update your article so you don’t mislead people. =]

  19. mashcky
    January 31, 2010 at 06:27 | #33

    Are you sure this doesn’t JUST run android? All other sources I have said that it is solely and Android device, but I would love more then anything to see Ubuntu on this device because of the limitations of the Android operating system.

  20. January 31, 2010 at 10:19 | #34

    i like it.

  21. January 31, 2010 at 14:23 | #35

    adam, the indian smart pad is promised with a price tag of just $300, for the basic version, well that too with 3g and wifi for which apple asks for $150 more. i think apple ipad is bullshit with no multitasking, the biggest flop of the new decade. adam will come with ubuntu and chrome os.

  22. January 31, 2010 at 14:32 | #36

    get more by rthe co-creator rohan shravan at http://www.notionink.com

  23. Jan
    January 31, 2010 at 21:19 | #37

    Thank you for this update on the notionink adam and I just cannot wait to pick one up ASAP.

    Are there any news on when the device will be available?

  24. SL
    February 1, 2010 at 21:30 | #38

    Why hasn’t this article been corrected to state that this upcoming device runs Android OS, not Ubuntu… The article would read totally different without all of the (incorrect) references to ubuntu…

    • February 1, 2010 at 21:55 | #39

      Please, read the first part of the article more carefully.

      • Janet
        February 6, 2010 at 04:24 | #40

        They’re trying to say it makes the article misleading, but they should just save their breath. The whole article is pretty much built on assumptions and wants”might be’s” from a Linux junkie. I’m sure a similar article by an Apple fanboy would be just as reliable.

      • Janet
        February 6, 2010 at 04:35 | #41

        I actually liked the look of the Apple iPad, until I learned that it does not have external memory, did not have a webcam capability, and does not have the simply bad arse screen that the Adam is supposed to have. Also, the forms website I use requires Java, and I’d like to be able to update that on the go.

        I love the multi-touch capability of the iPad, but that’s a 4 to 1 loss, and the cons far outweigh the pros.

        Personally, I wasn’t concerned with multi-tasking on my tablet. I also wasn’t too upset with the iPhone apps store — friends of mine have iPhones and iPod Touches and I’m not at all displeased with the selections that they had downloaded. Plus, it has the Barnes and Noble eReader, which lets me loan eBooks to my mom’s Nook. I only hope they come out with an Android version of that, otherwise I’ll have to read borrowed books from the B&N website.

        I was wondering, though. Does anybody know if the Adam will have a replaceable battery?

        Can’t wait for the Adam!

      • Janet
        February 6, 2010 at 04:37 | #42

        Dear, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to reply to you a second time. That was meant to be a separate comment.

  25. February 2, 2010 at 01:00 | #43

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  26. John
    February 6, 2010 at 01:21 | #44

    I am a faithful Apple user. I own a powermac, two macbook pros, an Apple TV, an iPhone, and a Time Capsule. People can hate on them all day long, it doesn’t change the fact that they have now re-shaped two of the central ways people interact with media and eachother, and they are poised to do it again, regardless of the seemingly lackluster unveiling of the iPad.

    They make amazing products, that work well doing what they are designed to do. And the stuff they make ain’t cheap, and you can’t claim that fanboyism is the only thing that drives their sales. Cause hype only goes so far to sell someone on something. It’s the overall Apple experience that breeds customer loyalty.

    But this time around, I am all about the Adam! Customer loyalty be damned!

    I think Apple royally F’d up by not putting a PixelQi screen in the iPad. Not to mention the litany of other things they’ve intentionally left out.

    My only concern for Adam is this:

    If it’s going to succeed in grabbing mind-share, they’re going to need some seriously vigorous and effective marketing to even snag a sliver of the spotlight from the iPad.

    Which in this formally faithful Apple user’s opinion, it certainly deserves.

  27. Aurojyoti
    February 15, 2010 at 10:29 | #45

    All the nationalistic feelings apart, I would still prefer to buy an ipad because it has a stable base in terms of apps, hardware, and support.

    Adam is a new-born baby now. It needs to undergo rigorous tests and optimisation to reach the sturdy and stable configuration which will be ready for shipping outside. People should not make the developers hassled and make the brilliant endeavour by these people look like a China-made toy.

    People all around the world are talking. This is exciting but it increases the risk factor for the device to perform. If the product is not upto the mark Notion Ink would be doomed. So, all I want to say is to give it some more time to be tested before releasing the final build.

    I am not discouraging such a brilliant idea but we all should take responsibility to make the best of this device which will surely change the future of Indian Industries and perhaps, the whole world’s too

  28. February 16, 2010 at 14:05 | #46

    I don’t want to buy a full-tech-spec tablet, if NOT well designed. And I’m not talking of gorgeouness or shiny carcase. I’m talking of gesture control, touch recognizion, apps interaction, usability, user-design all in all. AND you cannot achieve that without a long-term development, and a lot of user-interaction data. So, the superior tech specs made adam not better at USE than the apple product itself.

    Try a bunch of multitouch-enabled-tablets and pick the better fits your intuiton and runs more smoothly: it will be the apple one.

  29. February 16, 2010 at 16:48 | #47

    Onoper, inside your description lies one of Ipad’s weakneses: Apps Interaction. All information so far points that when you switch tasks, the new active task restarts, so without real multitasking, there’s no possible real apps interaction.

  30. onoper
    February 17, 2010 at 11:37 | #48

    #gedece. True. As far as we know, no multitasking in the ipad (as in iphone,ipad). Blogging or browsing without a chat/twitter/other than itunes player in the background sounds like a real breakdealer. As it was stated, a better background apps could be possible implemented in the next OS release. But no excuses, it isn’t right now.

  31. March 17, 2010 at 07:10 | #49

    nice and very informative writeup keep it up.

  32. April 21, 2010 at 14:03 | #50

    very informative..thanks a lot.
    james smith
    javajobs.net

  33. May 23, 2010 at 18:46 | #51

    Great comparison !

    I prefer an ubuntu device with no limitation because Apple people are so control freaks

  34. June 3, 2010 at 15:43 | #52

    Hi !, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you! Thank you for your info.And this is Tablets Computers site/blog. It pretty much covers Tablets Computers related stuff.

  35. June 17, 2010 at 12:01 | #53

    very informative writeup keep it up

  36. August 8, 2010 at 19:55 | #54

    Apple really rocks when its comes to gadgets. They are top on every gadget techs. Thanks for the info..

    • September 21, 2010 at 20:24 | #55

      I agree, appe always make very good products.

  37. October 12, 2010 at 13:11 | #56

    I find ur website in google search. Thanks for ur most useful information.!!:)

  38. December 7, 2010 at 11:59 | #57

    I think this book is useful for everyone: http://www.wowebook.co.cc/apple/the-ipad-pocket-guide/

  39. December 9, 2010 at 17:56 | #58

    I still don’t understand why people want to carry around a big phone. If you want an e-reader get a kindle. If you want to browse the web get a netbook, at least you can type with a real keyboard with that. Plus an netbook costs 200 less than an ipad. free Kindle e-books

  40. thesensor
    December 14, 2010 at 01:41 | #59

    David Stephens :

    That’s funny, a typical geek piece.
    Too bad we live in the real world where the numbers tell the tale.
    Fact is Apple entered the PMP business and crushed all comers with the iPod and funny enough everyone was deriding the original iPod at the time with the same prognostications of failure.
    Apple entered the phone market and it was beyond wildly successful. It launched a slew of copycat devices, some just complete rips of the styling and OS functionality. Yes I am talking about WebOS and Android
    So Apple releases a tablet and the same geeks scream about how Linux can do so much more, blah blah blah.
    See a pattern here? Of course you don’t because you are in self denial about Linux taking over the world.

    because you are in self denial about Linux taking over the world, except that android is linux, and it5 outsells the ewphone by large numbers, and lets be serious, linux has taken over the world, but microsoft still makes pc builders put micro-soft on every pc.

    They don’t sell individual lic, just a bulk rate that means every machine built. there is no discount for not putting vista or whatever they are selling now on a machine. You can’t get a lic to put windows on half your production run.

    There are lots of reasons to hate micro-soft.

  41. Neo
    February 12, 2011 at 15:49 | #60

    Corinn :

    Pulling the iPod card out every time someone attacks an Apple product’s credibility is stupid in the extreme.
    What made the iPod awesome is actually something most of the people who bought it don’t even KNOW ABOUT–the extremely high-end Wolfson DAC crammed in that little guy. The same sort of DAC chip that’s present in midrange audiophile CD players.
    I sure as hell didn’t buy an iPod (which I sold, I now use a 2-year-old Sony DAP) for the “experience” or the “ecosystem.” I bought it because, at the time, it had better sound quality than everything else in existence.

    Unfortunately, the circuitry was the biggest roadblock to the high quality Wolfson DAC present in the iPod (referring to 4th and 5th gen old ipods), they didnt cheapen out on the DAC, but the unnecessary things they put in between them…but for those with money there was a solution by some crazy audiophile company: http://redwineaudio.com/products/imod

  42. August 30, 2011 at 03:37 | #61

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  43. Franky
    October 2, 2011 at 16:02 | #62

    So, what do you users think now? we’re an year further. In the meantime I bought myself a NotionInk Adam.

    I don’t accept a company to rule over my device. I paid for it and it is me who download whatever i want.

  44. September 6, 2012 at 02:07 | #63

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