The Grumpy Troll

Ramblings of a grumpy troll.

Scratch the Notion Ink Adam off the wishlist

I finally got an answer to my question of Notion Ink about whether or not there will be DRM locking down the OS image, and it's not the answer I was hoping for. Oh well, I guess I need to look more seriously at the competition. I'm not happy at this, I've been waiting for the Pixel Qi display for a long time now.

I mailed info@, per their web-site. I got a boiler-plate response which didn't answer my question but said they'd be happy to reply to specific questions. I asked again, and got told, “ We would like to inform you that Adam supports only Android and Notion Ink does not permit the installation of other Operating Systems on Adam.”.

Note, I was not clear, that I only want to install other Android images. I just want to avoid a DRM lockdown and to be able to install any Android image, or other OS image. If there's freedom to install one, there's freedom to install any. But if the vendor does not permit the purchaser to install the software of their choice on a product they purchase, then it's not really purchased, merely made available for use at someone else's discretion, and dependent upon the continuing financial health of another company to remain usable over time.

A very disappointing state of affairs. Does anyone have any recommendations for an Android tablet which will not be DRM locked, and preferably has a display comparable to a Pixel Qi?

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To whom it may concern,

I'm interested in placing a pre-order for a Notion Ink Adam with the Pixel Qi display, but before I commit to that I'd like to confirm that the device will be "unlocked", without DRM which prevents me from installing an OS of my choice.

I intend no offense, but Notion Ink is a young company and success is not guaranteed. If I place a pre-order, I want to *know* that, in a worst-case scenario, I will still be able to install third-party mod releases and continue to make use of my investment. I don't expect to do so, I don't want to do so, but I do consider the *option* to do so to be a critical feature for any tablet I purchase, *especially* with pre-orders (no matter what the age of the company).

I may have missed previous comment on this point in the blog, and it's not covered in the specification list, that I can see.

Can you confirm that the Adam will permit installation of third-party OS images please?

And, if so, place me on your contact list to be notified once you begin to accept pre-orders?

Your sincerely,

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Greetings from Notion Ink!

We really appreciate your concern. We would like to inform you that, Adam will be launched in November 2010. It will be available for purchase in the U.S by December 2010 and in other countries by January 2011. You can purchase it online.

The cost of Adam will range from 399 USD to 499 USD depending on the variant you want to buy. There are four variants:

1. LCD with Wi-Fi only ($399),
2. LCD with Wi-Fi and 3G ($449),
3. PQ with Wi-Fi only ($449),
4. PQ with 3G and Wi-Fi ($498).

All have multi-touch facility. We would also suggest you go through our blog notionink.wordpress.com and website notionink.in for all the details which are in the public domain. If you have any specific question we would be happy to reply.

Warm Regards
Notion Ink Design Labs

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I have one specific question, which was in my original email: will the Adam permit installation of other OS images by the owner of the device?

Awaiting your answer,
Kind Regards,

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Greetings from Notion Ink!

We really appreciate your concern. We would like to inform you that Adam supports only Android and Notion Ink does not permit the installation of other Operating Systems on Adam.

We would also suggest you go through our blog notionink.wordpress.com and website notionink.in for all the details which are in the public domain. If you have any specific question we would be happy to reply.
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-The Grumpy Troll (who wasn't trolling and is truly disappointed)

Comments

Qamar
Hey Guys,

Really you are doing good job :-) keep it up :-):-)
Phil P
That depends upon whether or not the boot process is locked down to only be able to boot signed images, with a TPM module. Think "TiVo".

Yes, TPM can be used to benefit the device owner, I've seen it happen, but in consumer electronics it only ever seems to be used to strip ownership rights away from the purported owner.
Gunderstorm
You do realize that within a month of the Adam's release an Android ROM developer will get root access, right? After that the ROM floodgates will open and you'll be able to install any flavor of Android you want on it.

Yes it's a warranty-breaker, but the benefit is freedom on the device you paid a lot of money for.