Many an owner of Asus Transformer Prime is a troubled person these days as the tablets are locking up themselves against their loving owners after they were upgraded to the latest Android version 4.0, also called the Ice Cream Sandwich operating software.
The lockups are reported to be random and Asus has already swung in action to address the issue. Gary Key, an Asus technical marketing manager, has stated that Asus â€œhope[s] to have a fix available in early February.”â€
The threads in the XDA Developers hint at a pretty widespread problem of rogue Transformer Primes. However, the problem seems to follow no pattern at all, so external analysts and experts are also without any suggestions or hints at the source of the problem.
Besides the random lokcups, Transformer Primes are also reported to be having problems in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Many Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fallouts are reported that involve signal degradation. These are also being handled by Asus simultaneously and the fix is expected to come together with the lockout solution.
Initially Asus had announced the release of an unlock in the same month for the encrypted Prime bootloader, allowing owners to load custom ROMs.
Since Transformer Prime happens to be the revered first tablets on earth to be licensed by Google to officially operate on ICS, these glitches are rather taking the glitter out of the glamorous and reportedly awesome OS. And it is a sad thing because other than the lockups and Wi-Fi-Bluetooth troubles, the tablet is a wonder to behold and use.
ICS makes the use of Transformer Prime a joy for even the hardest-to-please critic. The speed of all the functions and excellence of the system is appreciably better than any before.
Another striking point that comes as a very pleasant surprise is that the ICS update wipes out the Vanilla design, though not quite stripping the phone of the slick functionalities. What appears after the update is almost Vanilla, but changed ever so ingeniously in not taking too much out or adding too much back in in the build.
The changes can be seen in the icons for the basic built-in applications and the interfaces. The apps are also slightly modified, though none are a complete change from the Honeycomb version. All of them can easily be traced back to their parent app that ran on Honeycomb. Only the new generation of apps is adjusted to the bigger. One thing that Transformer Prime owners would not be too happy with can be the shutter speed that the Galaxy Nexus on ICS flaunts. But here ICS is certainly not to be blamed, for the feature is built into the device, and not the software.
The absence of the infamous facial recognition screen unlock can be taken as a welcome idea here for the hit and trial nature of the feature does not really go with the hardly-blemished image of ICS.