Here's why the Asus Transformer Prime will always have GPS issues

Here's why the Asus Transformer Prime will always have GPS issues
Everybody seems to know that the Asus Transformer Prime has GPS issues. Asus has already released one firmware update in an effort to fix the problem, but it seems likely that this problem won't be fixed with software. The issue actually comes down to a pretty simple explanation: Asus designed the Transformer Prime badly. 

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. 

source: AnandTech

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  • Camera 8 MP / Other front
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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC



1. e.wvu unregistered

Well that's the first post I've seen from Phonearena that used a profanity but you're right about that, Michael H.

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011


5. e.wvu unregistered

Just give me a thumbs down, Michael. Lol.

10. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

My only guess is your use of the word "damn" is what he's referring to. I wouldn't consider it profanity but everyone is different...

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Burn asus... Sick burn

4. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

i wonder if there are any case mods out there that will correct this issue

6. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Hahahah when you copying apple copyright at least.. Get it copy right .....

7. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011


8. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

what apple can only use aluminum aswel now only...on a side note Asus should have used there brain...

9. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

... to think the geniuses hired by Asus behind this product would at least have thought about this problem(and fixed it), which I think is pretty much general knowledge.

11. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I'm wondering same

12. Paul_London

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

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))

13. Jimmyboo

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

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

14. shopscounty

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

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