Before proceeding with the GPS location test, we verified that our review unit is running the most up-to-date software, and rightfully so, that appears to be the case. From what we’ve read, the latest software updates the tablet’s GPS driver, which should be at version 6.9.13 – and yes, that’s exactly what we find on our Asus Transformer Prime. Using the GPS Test app by Chartcross, we proceeded to test out the GPS signal strength of the tablet. In under a minute, it’s able to establish connections to 11 different GPS satellites, though, the signal strength appears to be low – albeit, it’s worth noting that we tested it out indoors and far away from a window. However, after moving closer to a window, we begin to see the GPS signal strength increasing ever so slightly, though, it’s still on the weak side.
As a comparison, we used a Motorola DROID RAZR to see what the results are going to be in the same place. Right away, it’s quickly able to establish connections to the various satellites, however, it’s never really able to get connected to all 11 satellites simultaneously indoors at the same location we’re testing out the Transformer Prime. Despite that, it’s actually putting out better signal strength to the satellites it’s able to connect. So yes, the GPS signal strength appears to be higher than the Transformer Prime in the same exact locations. Although we don’t want to say for sure right now whether or not it is indeed a problem, it’s evidently clear that it’s weak from the start, but of course, we’ll be testing it outdoors as well to see how it fares. In the end, it does beg the question if the problem will ever be fixed, even when it’s reported to be a hardware problem as opposed to software.