The Notion Ink Adam II has now reached Europe where it will fetch for 219 euros. This applies to the Wi-Fi only version while the more advanced 3G version will come for 349 euros. This makes the Adam II even cheaper than the latest Nexus 7 even though it comes with a bigger 10 inch display. However, there are compromises to be made elsewhere. For instance, the display with 1280 X 800 pixel can be considered adequate but loses out in the high stakes pixel war currently being played out. If that is not all, the device is powered by a dual core 1.5 Ghz Cortex A9 chip mated to a 1 GB RAM. On board storage is an even paltry 8 GB though there is a micros SD card slot that can bring some respite here. Running the entire show would be Android 4.2.2 which fortunately is stripped of any manufacturer induced enhancements or other modifications.
However, the one aspect that makes the Adam II unique in the crowd of tablet devices currently doing the rounds is its incorporation of a monochrome display along the side. This is designed to display information like any pending notifications and so on and will save the user from firing up the device each time such becomes available. This aspect also makes the Adam II much like a book with the side edge displaying the name and author of the book along with other information. The device on a whole is perhaps better suited to be held in portrait mode and used either for reading a book or other tasks.
Overall, the Adam II is a lot unlike any other tablet in the market and can make a decent choice for a device that offers 10 inch display. It may not be designed to impress with outright performance but can get the job done in most of the cases.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email