ASUS Transformer Prime owners who have experienced GPS issues with their tablet have been to hell and back. After several botched attempts at trying to fix weak signal issues with software updates, ASUS has moved forward with an alternative correction method. A week ago, word got out that ASUS was working on some sort of antenna dongle for the Transformer Prime. The dongle was said to be “very minimalistic,” and “flush fit with the bottom of the unit.” Today, we learned that is not quite the case.
Land of Droid has managed to score some pictures of the GPS dongle for the ASUS Transformer Prime that show just how “minimalistic” the dongle really is. Used with the Transformer Prime’s 40 pin connector, the GPS dongle is a bar shaped attachment that’s nearly as long as the Prime in landscape mode, and looks to be maybe an inch or two thick. It looks huge. And because of how it attaches to the Prime, it can’t be used with the keyboard dock or while it’s charging. The pictures of the GPS dongle found below are said to be of an engineering build, but won’t change much from the final product.
There’s two ways to look at the GPS dongle for the Transformer Prime. It’s great that ASUS is committed to their customers. They’ve worked long and hard to come up with a solution to the Prime’s GPS woes, and they plan on giving it out for free. On the other hand, it feels like the situation may have spun out of control.
ASUS made a poor decision in build materials and design which ended up affecting the performance of the final product. Instead of offering extended warranties and ridiculously huge GPS attachments, ASUS could have stopped production and recalled the Prime until things were straightened out.
Then again, plenty of Prime owners couldn’t be happier with their purchase, so maybe ASUS did the right thing in keeping the tablet on shelves. What do you think? Has ASUS handled the Transformer Prime’s GPS problems well, or is the GPS dongle the straw that broke the camel’s back? Let us know what you think in the comments.