I did a lot of research before I bought my Asus TF-201 Transformer Prime tablet. I guess I did a bad job. The tablet has not lived up to expectations. Considering its hardware and operating system that shouldn’t be the case.
The TF-201 is a 10″ tablet with 1280×800 resolution. The screen uses IPS+ technology which makes for faster response, wider viewing angle and sharper colors. No complaints there.
There are cameras front and rear. Image quality is very good. It’s a great machine for Skype or any other video chat app. Again, zero complaints.
The CPU is an NVIDIA® Tegra3™ Quad-Core with 1GB RAM. That should be enough. It is not. I don’t think it’s the CPU’s fault.
Graphics are smooth. Animations are smooth. Video playback, even at high resolution, is smooth.
The Transformer Prime’s weakness seems to be Asus’ implementation of Google’s Android operating system!
Webpages that should load immediately can taken 15-20 seconds or longer. While pages load, the browser often turns unresponsive. The only way you know the page has finished is by the appearance of an error message saying the process is taking too long!
It’s slow with the stock browser, Chrome and Firefox. Unfortunately the browser enters into the bulk of computer use.
It’s possible the answer to my problems is just a jailbreak away. I’m not sure. Often these unofficial aftermarket ROM images do the trick.
I’ve looked around. I’m not sure I know how to ‘get root’ with this machine. There are instructions scattered on the web, but often with missing steps… or what seems like missing steps.
Even if I do load a new ROM will it make a difference? Your guess is as good as mine.
I use the tablet all the time, but my sessions nearly always end in frustration. That shouldn’t be.