Here's why the Asus Transformer Prime will always have GPS issues
posted by Michael H. / Jan 04, 2012, 7:55 PM
If you take a look at the Transformer Prime, it looks pretty damn good. It's slim, sleek, shiny, and feels solid. A lot of that has to do with the brushed aluminum case. Unfortunately, that case is exactly the problem, because radio waves don't like metal. The OG Transformer didn't have issues because it had a plastic case, but the Prime is all metal. The WiFi signal isn't as strong on the Prime because of this, although the dual-WiFi antennas do help a bit, and GPS is effected even more.
The biggest trouble is that Asus didn't take this into account the way Apple did when designing the iPad. Both iPads have had aluminum cases, and while the OG iPad didn't have GPS, it hid the WiFi antenna behind the only non-metal part of the tablet: the Apple logo itself. With the iPad 2, you may have noticed the black plastic strip at the top, which is where Apple placed all of the antennas and radios to avoid any problems with the metal case.
Asus doesn't have any plastic escape panels for the antennas on the Prime, so unfortunately, it's likely that no amount of software updates will fix the problems.
Well that's the first post I've seen from Phonearena that used a profanity but you're right about that, Michael H.
posted on Jan 04, 2012, 8:04 PM 0
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Hahahah when you copying apple copyright at least.. Get it copy right .....
posted on Jan 04, 2012, 9:04 PM 0
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Due to get my ATP next week in the UK. What they should have done was either put an external antenae socket on the case or provided a plug in antenae for the headphone jack like you use with a mobile phone to listen to FM radio. On my SGS2 when I have the headphones plugged in for the radio, I can select play from speaker this would have got around turn by turn navigation. **Note** Asus if you decide to do this, I want a cut for the idea!! :o))
posted on Jan 05, 2012, 12:55 PM 0
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Oversight maybe but "Badly designed" - you're having a laugh surely?!?! the TP looks and performs beautifully in almost every practical and design aspect - easily outstripping the iPad in all key areas... by all "unbiased" accounts. Also next week when ICS kicks in and makes full use of the processing power it will be out of sight. From the GPS perspective (disappointing as it is) I'm also hopeful that unlike the ipad limitations Asus might have an ace to play via the use of their usb input ports and maybe the option of providing an aesthetic plug in antenna/RF receiver in the near future. This would be a minor inconvenience for a rarely used tablet function app that would be also be a real coup in many ways - not least putting this over-exaggerated, biased sniping to bed
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