Jan 2nd, 2012

For all the anticipation building up to its launch the ASUS Transformer Prime is not without its faults. Those that have managed to find the tablet in stock since it hit shelves at the end of last year are beginning to report issues with the device’s GPS. Some individuals are having a hard time getting a lock on a GPS signal. ASUS’ response thus far has been to turn WiFi for extra location assistance, but some are crying coverup after the manufacturer removed mentions of GPS as a feature of the tablet on their official website. Recent software updates delivered to the Prime do little to address customer complaints, and it is unsure if and when the issues will be corrected.

The news doesn’t get much better for those viewing the Transformer Prime as a quad-core dream for open development. Instead of the ability to easily crack the device’s security and install custom software, those looking to do a bit of tinkering with the tablet have been met with a locked bootloader. It is unclear if ASUS plans to offer an official unlocking tool such as that offered by HTC, but it is clear that developers will be limited in their ability to modify the Prime’s software until something of that sort is released or a backdoor hack is uncovered. The Prime is still a great tablet all things considered, but is word of faulty GPS and a locked down bootloader swaying anyone’s desire to own one?

[via BreifMobile, The Verge]

 

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