Asus Transformer Prime GPS location test

Asus Transformer Prime GPS location test
Now that we have the Asus Transformer Prime in our hands, we simply have to know whether or not if these troubling GPS fix issues are actually plaguing the highly prized tablet. Recently, a new software update was made available for the Transformer Prime, which alleges to fix the GPS location problem affecting some units – though, others have claimed that there are no problems whatsoever. In any event, the results have been mixed so far amongst users, with some saying yay, while others saying nay. Interestingly enough, we’ve even reported that the update merely compounds the issue even further, with some owners actually saying that it has made things worse!

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.

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Transformer Prime
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / Other front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC

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7 Comments

1. firestarter2

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Im confused why are you testing GPS indoors?...

2. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It doesn't matter. Since both are under the same conditions, there are no excuses for the Prime's low signal.

3. quadcore

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

The two devices do not have the same gps tech. The droid razr also has glonass gps radios, where as the prime just has gps only type gps radio.

4. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Well how far can you go on Wi-Fi ?

5. digimind

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

Why didnt you test it against another tablet? Smartphone and tablet isnt really good Comparison ..

6. firestarter2

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

If you are going to do a test might as well do it right. test it outdoors or maybe in a car..

7. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I blame Lightsquare for poor GPS issues. National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Executive Committee were correct in their findings.

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