Notion Ink have had no shortage of media coverage about their device and unique features such as daylight-readable screen and Tegra 2 platform running 2.2 with a custom UI mean there are interesting things to discuss. Fans seem to be following too. In droves! Itâ€™s a bit like theand JooJoo following in that respect.
Personally, I like the Tegra 2 platform now that Google appear to be using Tegra 2 as the reference processing platform for Android 2.3 (I’m praying that Toshiba claws back some credibility andÂ release 2.3 for the !) but this is a 10â€ tablet and weighs more than the . That knocks me out of the customer list and I’m sure a lot of other people too.
10â€ screens work well for newspaper and magazine content though and Google Earth will look great on thisâ€¦ when you managed to find the APK and sideload it.
Sorry to sound so negative on this one but I havenâ€™t yet seen a well integrated Android stack on a 10â€ device. From CPU and core OS through UI to content availability thereâ€™s a mismatch. My head thinks â€˜multitasking’, productivityâ€™ and I immediately get disappointed when I go through the real-world scenario in my head.
The Archos 101 article I wrote recently (â€˜One for the Coffee Tableâ€™) has some good pointers on the 10â€ platform. Sofa, coffee-table, holiday.
What are you going to use this coffee-table gadget for? Ignore email, Twitter, Facebook and anything else that needs an account because when you share a single-user Android device with the family, youâ€™re at risk. What the family needs (possibly) is a flexible on/offline video player, image viewing, web browsing and gaming, a bus/train/flight timetable, holiday booking, Wikipedia and other casual activities. Pure entertainment. [source]
At 299 Euro I can really see the match but at $375 itâ€™s pushing it a bit.Â Maybe the custom UI changes everything though? [See video below]
It does indeed look good and I’m really pleased to see the window manager so truly active that you can interact with programs running in it. Youâ€™ve got the makings of a windowing Android OS there! Certainly side-by-side apps is something I’ve been thinking about on the. Hereâ€™s the demo video from Notion Ink.
Weâ€™re bound to see theat CES in a few weeks so I’ll report back when I’ve had hands-on but for the time being I remain skeptical that itâ€™s going to be a device that really satisfies customers.
But thatâ€™s just my opinion. Whatâ€™s yours?