Alright I didn’t see this coming. Expected a smooth launch with all the interest aroused through their blog posts. I thought Notion Ink delivered a product. But looks like there are issues around the pre-order pages, terms and conditions and warranty too. Suddenly it is now becoming a zero sum game.
Yet I feel that Adam is a product which is ready to be shipped. If the thoughts of Android Police and CrunchGear are true, why go through a pain of launching a blog, run it for a year with the product pics and other features and then try to swindle you? Doesn’t make sense. If it were a scam then all you need to do is set-up a ebay page, show a cheap Chinese tablet, ship few tablets then take the orders and then vanish in thin air or the so called vaporware. How hard is that? Why do you even need a blog for it? Has Notion Ink done any of that? I don’t think so. Everything about it sounded genuine and they have built a relationship.
Yet another argument is Why no press release? Who cares about press releases anyway. The product, the features and everything you need to know is out in the wild for so many months. All you need to do now is book and get it shipped.
No big name?
I am not sure if it is true but I will give you a big name. Reliance Industries is supposed to be picking up stake in Notion Ink. For the uninitiated, Reliance Industries, is the only company which finds a mention in the Wikileaks. I thought that was a good measure for popularity. Reliance Industries is a cash cow.
Anyways, we need to be confronted with more information to call this a scam. Until then I will give Notion Ink the benefit of doubt. Something got awfully wrong when it shouldn’t. Or think of it as condom not coming out when it really should. Not pretty, but possible.
Here’s what Rohan has to say about the episode :
Bad time to be in flight. Pro-order system crashed several times, though it was not at Notion Ink’s head quarters, but rather than the server side in USA. Being Indian company they predicted more traffic from India and did some optimization which turned out to be complete disaster. On top of it there was an algorithm to smoothen the process of product distribution globally.
I am collecting all the comments and writing back in sometime. Stay tuned. Seems a lot is still there to discuss and talk about. (Especially the Android Police’s new post)
Thanks for your patience.
Rohan Shravan (Notion Ink)
Again, why do we need a blog post if it was a scam?
And finally, if it was a scam, they really would be working on the pre-order page first – not the mystery feature, not the swivel camera – just the pre-order page. It doesn’t go down. It will be up all the time. Don’t you think so?