A few weeks ago there were rumblings in the tablet world. The long awaited Asus Transformer Prime was finally hitting the market. From what I have been reading, this has been causing so much excitement in the tablet world and with good reason too! Let’s face it, most of us love our tablets and want the best experience possible and with the new Transformer Prime, Asus seems to be committed to bringing us just that. But with good news there is usually bad news lurking around the corner, just to be realistic—nothing is perfect. As in the old Asian philosophy, there is a Yin and Yang to everything.
In December, consumers were disappointed with delayed shipments of the Asus Transformer Prime. Most wanted it before Christmas and were waiting to see it under their tree when they woke up on Christmas morning. Hey, who doesn’t like nice surprises like that? Even though some of us are not the kids we used to be, no judging here, I’m a grown kid myself.
Asus did assure the public that they will reach normal inventory levels this month here in the U.S. It seems they have been following through with their promises. Looking at some reviews on Amazon, Best Buy and Office Depot, people are saying they are already receiving their orders.
However, a few days ago on XDA-developer, it was found out that the boot loader had a high level encryption, 128 bit in fact. This prevents any modification of the Asus Transformer Prime’s stock firmware. This in turn made developers feel left out in the cold and left users disappointed. This is Android we’re talking about, who wants a tablet that we can’t customize or improve upon? So Asus finally gave in and announced that there will be a bootloader unlocking tool accessible to developers in the near future. ASUS also made it clear that this will void the warranty but at least now we have the option, right?
The greatest news of all, the Asus Transformer Prime will be getting Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” January 12th! We tip our hats to Asus for listening to their loyal fans & consumers and of course, a big high five to all Asus Transformer Prime owners and those who voiced their complaints about the bootloader issue—there is definitely strength in numbers. So in the end, the Asus Transformer Prime will turn out to be a great tablet and will definitely live up to its predecessor.