By Abdul Vahid V (NVONews.com)
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime hit stores as a groundbreaking tablet thanks to its Tegra 3 quad core processor. The Taiwanese tech firm has been really hyping up the Primeâ€™s first-with-the-quad-processor factor to market the product. Of course, the tech world has been much optimistic of a quad core tablet from Asus, which boasts of a great tradition in manufacturing Android tablets and Windows notebooks.
Nevertheless, the Prime frustrated us all as an Android tablet. Unlike its predecessor Eee Pad Transformer, the Prime has several drawbacks that may affect its surging demand in the market. Here are five reasons.
Frustrating many users, Asus has unveiled the Prime tablet with bootloader lock. The device comes with 128 bit encryption to keep users away from accessing key components and file system of the device. Users wonâ€™t be able to flash new ROMs and kernels on the new Asus tablet. Many users have become angry on realizing that they canâ€™t access the full potential of the Prime.
Owners need to stay on the mercy of Asus to get all improvements and updates on the tablet. In fact, buyers of an Android tablet mainly crave for a digital sandbox to explore the open source mobile firmware. But, Asusâ€™ bootloader locking is indeed a negative mark for the device. Users could better buy an iPad, instead. Meanwhile in response to the criticism, Asus has announced a boot unlocker, which is in works and will soon be available for users.
Though touted as the worldâ€™s thinnest and high performance tablet, Eee Pad Transformer Prime has some big hardware shortfalls. It is manufactured with low quality components and even its hyped-up keypad dock is not doing well. Many customers have discarded the idea of buying the Prime due to these hardware shortcomings. Indeed, Asus could develop a better quality tablet.
GPS & Wi-Fi bugs
Another trouble the Asus tablet faces is the indolent GPS and Wi-Fi performance. According to many users, the Primeâ€™s GPS function is nearly unusable and Wi-Fi is crumbling. In the aftermath of the GPS bug, Asus has even removed the reference to GPS facility on the tabletâ€™s specs list on its official website. It seems that the deviceâ€™s thin metallic casing is to blame for the failure of Wi-Fi and GPS sensor. Certainly, many people might have abandoned their plan to buy the Prime because of the GPS and Wi-Fi bugs.
No Ice Cream Sandwich
Yet another biggest shortfall of the Prime is that it is not coming preloaded with the Ice Cream Sandwich, codename of the latest version of Android. Ice Cream Sandwich has been ready for use on tablets and smartphones by December last year. But, Asus missed the new version of Android on its high performance tablet PC. However, the device is upgradable to the ICS. It will soon be updated with the latest version of the operating system from Google.
Of course, Asus Eee Pad Transformer was one of the latest powerful competitors to Apple iPad. The device was launched as a rival to the iPad, but some shortfalls badly affected its performance in market. Matt Burns of TechCrunch writes that the all-mighty quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3-powered Prime could have raised critical challenge to iPad; but couldnâ€™t become so because of several reasons,
â€œIt was supposed to rise up, powered by the all-mighty quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3, and finally stand tall against the iPad. It was supposed to use its keyboard dock as a mighty quarterstaff and deliver a memorable blow against Appleâ€™s champion. But that didnâ€™t happen. Asus is letting the Transformer Prime wither on the vine,â€ Mr. Burns adds.