January 28, 2011
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With the advent of  Honeycomb 3.0 being released, many tablets are poised to take advantage of this new operating system.  One tablet, critics are saying, that may give the Motorola Xoom a run for its money, is the Notion Ink Adam.

Operating System

Notion Ink Adam will run on Android 2.2 while the Motorola Xoom will be released running Android 3.0, Honeycomb. However the Adam will get upgrades to 3.0 in the future.

Processor

Both tablets use the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip. Motorola Xoom will run on a the standard interface, while the Notion Ink Adam runs a custom made interface named Eden which has been custom made for Android 2.2 and the NVidia processor. Some initial reports are suggesting that there are some bugs to be fixed still, but given that the hardware is so solid, we have hopes for the little tablet that could.

Display

Both tablets have 10.1″ display but the Motorola Xoom has a higher resolution. The Notion Ink Adam also has a Pixel Qi (pronounced chee) Screen which promises substantial gains in the battery department, and the ability to read and view images in direct sunlight.

Camera

The Notion Ink Adam has a nifty swivel camera, whereby it swivels from front to back, thus eliminating the need for dual cameras.  We will have to wait and see how this pans out for long term durability. The Motorola Xoom has 5 MP camera for pictures and video, and a 2 MP camera for video conferencing.

The Notion Ink Adam appears to be worthy competitor to the Motorola Xoom.  We will have to wait and see if such a small company can compete with the marketing might and experience of Motorola.

Spec Shootout:
FeaturesNotion Ink AdamMotorola Xoom
Android VersionAndroid 2.3 (Honeycomb said to follow)Honeycomb 3.0
PrecessorNvidia Tegra 2:1 GHz Dual-Core ProcessorNvidia Tegra 2:1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
Ram1 GB DDR2 RAM1 GB DDR2 RAM
Internal Storage16 or 32 GB32 GB
Expandable MemoryYes (MicroSD)Yes (MicroSD)
Network3G3G (4G LTE Upgradeable)
Display10.1″ WSVGA (1024 x 600), Pixel Qi Optional10.1″ (1280 x 800) Resolution
Camera3.2 MP Swivel Camera5 MP Rear Facing, 2 MP Front Facing
Weight1.6 lbs.1.6 lbs.
Dimensions6.3 x 9.8 x 0.6 Inches9.80 x 6.61 x 0.51 Inches
Ports3.5mm Headset, USB 2.0, Mini USB, HDMI3.5mm Headset, USB 2.0, Mini USB, HDMI
Darcy LaCouvee
Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.
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