ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime

ASUS Transformer Prime vs shotgun – guess who wins

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime is one of the most powerful Android tablets on the market. But despite its robot-inspired name, it can't actual perform feats of incredible strength. It's not more powerful than a locomotive. It can't leap tall buildings in a single bound. And it certainly isn't faster than a speeding bullet - if it was, it might have been able to outrun the ones that a few experimental geeks sent blazing towards it.

Android Community’s Dark Meadow Tegra 3 Game Pack Giveaway

Okay folks, who's ready for another giveaway? That's right, we here at Android Community have another awesome one for all of our loyal readers today. We're calling this the Tegra 3 Game Pack Giveaway because that's exactly what it is. You'll be getting the ASUS Transformer Prime quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 tablet (and keyboard dock), A tablet messenger carry bag with a built-in battery, and a $25 AMEX gift card so you can buy some Tegra 3 games to go nicely with your shiny new Amethyst Grey 32GB Transformer Prime. Read on below for full details and instructions.

ASUS Transformer Prime GPS dongles shipping now

Last week ASUS opened up a registration page for owners of the Eee Pad Transformer Pad who were dissatisfied with the all-metal tablet's GPS reception, promising to send them an external GPS dongle to fix the issue. The first of those dongles (or as ASUS calls them, the "TF201 GPS Extension Kit") are now reaching owners' homes. If you havent's ordered one, you can register your Transformer Prime and apply for a free dongle at the ASUS support site.

ASUS Transformer Prime vs Transformer Pad TF300: benchmark battle

The Eee Pad Transformer Prime reigns supreme at the top of ASUS' tablet portfolio, but the newcommmer Transformer Pad TF300 has a lot to prove. This cheaper alternative to the flagship also has an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a gigabyte of RAM and it's running Ice Cream Sandwich. The Transformer Prime is the better of the two tablets (unless you want GPS signals without a dongle) but is it $120 better? If you're a performance junkie, you're about to find out. Note that all tests were made on a Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad TF300 running unmodified Android 4.0.3.

ASUS opens registration for Transformer Prime GPS dongle

If you're an owner of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, listen up: you're automatically eligible for a free GPS dongle to alleviate some less-than-stellar satellite reception. ASUS has just opened their registration page with instructions on the four-step process to claim your free hardware. The GPS dongle (which ASUS is calling the "external GPS extension kit") fits into the Transformer Prime's docking port and comes in a dark or light color to match your tablet.

ASUS Transformer Prime GPS dongle pictured

We're going to need need a bigger dock. After months of complaints of low GPS reception on ASUS' flagship Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, the company has committed to sending out free GPS dongles for affected customers. Land of Droid managed to grab a photo of the purported dongle, and, well... it's more of an antenna. And assuming that this is indeed the final hardware, it's very, very big. From the fuzzy pictures provided it looks like the dongle  is about the same size as the locking mechanism on the Transformer Prime's keyboard dock.

ASUS confirms GPS dongles for Transformer Prime owners

Yesterday we posted scattered reports coming from members of ASUS' official support forums, indicating that the company was planning on releasing free GPS dongles called the "GPS Extension Kit" to combat the tablet's well-documented lack of signal. Now ASUS itself has told AllThingsD that indeed the program will go forward, with signups for the free extension beginning on April 16th (two Mondays from now). All owners of the Transformer Prime should be eligible for the free GPS dongle.

ASUS offers free GPS dongle for Transformer Prime owners

While a pretty awesome tablet in its own right, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime has been plagued with reception issues since its release, most notably in the WiFi and GPS department. It looks like ASUS has finally found a solution to the GPS issues, at least, which are speculatively due to the tablet's all-metal chassis. Since radio waves can only be improved so much by software, they've gone the hardware route, and are planning on providing an external GPS dongle that plugs into the Transformer Prime's docking port.

Transformer Prime update rolling out – Face unlock not included

Earlier this week ASUS informed everyone that another update would soon be rolling out for the Transformer Prime quad-core tablet. Teasing that it would bring "awesome" features to the device. We've been on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for months with this tablet, and it has seen a good 4 incremental updates since then or more. Today we can confirm the newest release is rolling out to devices as we speak.

Transformer Prime doesn’t infringe on Hasbro’s trademark, says judge

You'd have to be either really young or really out of touch with pop culture not to spot the similarities in the name of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime and a certain group of autonomous robots. Transformers manufacturer Hasbro sure spotted it, and didn't take the unofficial association lightly: they sued ASUS over the name, presumably taking offense at the similarity to Transformers mainstay Optimus Prime and similar fictional characters. The International Business Times reports that a US federal judge ruled that there was no possibility of consumers being confused by the name, and thus denied a sales injunction.
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