The Notion Ink Adam comes in several varieties. These varieties include 3G or WiFi only and LCD screen or Pixel-Qi screen. The Pixel- Qi screen enables the device to be used outdoors and in direct sunlight. This part of the review is based on a LCD 3G model.
The LCD screen is of a average quality. Vertical viewing angles are not the best, although the device is still very usable. Horizontal viewing angles are better, but still could be improved. The overall quality, brightness and color saturation of the screen is satisfactory. The screen is a pleasure to look at, colors are clear and blacks appear to be very dark and crisp as they should be. Viewing videos on the large 10 inch LCD clean is a pleasant experience.
The integrated dual 3D speakers are loud. They are clear and sound great. The only con to the speakers is that they do not have much bass, however this is not any different from the vast majority of mobile speakers, including those found on laptops and netbooks. The camera is 3.2 megapixels and looks great in good lighting. In uneven or low lighting the quality is poor. In earlier versions of the Adam the camera had a constant focus issue, which has been resolved in the later versions of the software. The camera rotates or "swivels" to allow it to become a rear camera as well. This works great and is a very handy feature.
The integrated GPS chip locks on to satellites quickly. It works well in conditions where there is not perfect line of sight. The integrated microphone does an excellent job at picking up sound and works very well with applications such as Google voice based search. The SIM card slot is a simple spring-loaded slot, configuring 3G is automatic in most cases but in some cases requires a simple APN configuration.
Overall the Adam feels solid and well-built. The top of the device has a rubber grip which comes in handy for using the device in vertical mode as an E-reader. The hardware is good but not perfect due to the sub-par camera quality in less than perfect light conditions.