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A Buyers' Guide Look At The Asus Transformer Pad (TF300), Prime (TF201), And Infinity (TF700)

With the flagship Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) release right around the corner and the release of the budget-oriented Transformer Pad (TF300) a few months ago, Asus has filled out it's line-up of 10" quad-core Android tablets. Obviously, most people would opt for the highest of the high-end (that'd be the TF700) if they were just looking to blow money. Unfortunately, most people aren't just looking for ways to spend as much money as possible, so instead, they spend enough to cover their needs.

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Small OTA Update (Build 9.4.2.28) Now Rolling Out To The ASUS Transformer Prime, Brings Face Unlock, Bluetooth HDP, And More

ASUS just started pushing a nice little update to the Transformer Prime that brings a number of enhancements to the device:

  • GPS dongle fix & local notification
  • Ethernet UI support to set Ethernet connect policy when screen off
  • Add system bar lock settings for showing/hiding system info
  • Enable Face Unlock feature
  • Support Bluetooth HDP
  • Third party app upgrade
  • Other bug fixes

Hopefully, this update will also bring the performance boost that the Transformer Pad 300 received with its most recent OTA, but we'll have to see.

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[Head-To-Head] ASUS Transformer Prime Vs. Acer Iconia Tab A510

Last week, I threw the Acer A510 and the ASUS TF300 in the ring together for a head-to-head battle. After claiming the A510 as the victor, several readers wanted to know how it compares to the Transformer Prime (referred to as the TF201 from here on out). Since you probably already know what a head-to-head is all about, let's just get right to it.

Fight!

First off, let's look at the hardware specs of each:

Acer Iconia Tab A510

ASUS Transformer Prime TF201

10.1-inch 1280x800 TFT display 10.1-inch 1280x800 Super IPS+ display
1.4GHz (single-core)/1.3GHz (multi-core) quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor 1.4GHz (single-core)/1.3GHz (multi-core) quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
1GB DDR2 RAM 1GB DDR2 RAM
32GB built-in storage 32GB built-in storage
5MP rear camera, 1MP front 8MP f/2.4 rear and 1.2MP front
3.5mm headphone, microSD, microHDMI, and microUSB 3.5mm headphone, microSD, microHDMI, and ASUS proprietary
Android 4.0.3 with Acer Ring Android 4.0.3 with minor ASUS tweaks
6.9" x 10.2" x 0.43", 1.54 lbs.
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[Updated: Here Is The Winner!] Giveaway: Win A Transformer Prime With Dock And $25 AMEX Giftcard Courtesy Of NVIDIA, Phosphor Games, And Android Police

Okay, so maybe you didn't win a Prime in any of our other giveaways. Well, guess what? Here's another chance!

So, what's the occasion? Only the release of one of the best games ever come to Android: The Dark Meadow: The Pact. I'm completely obsessed with this game right now - it's incredible. Don't believe me? Check out my review.

Since NVIDIA and Phosphor Games (the creator of The Dark Meadow) are just as excited about this game as we are, they decided to give us a Prime and dock to give away to one lucky reader, along with a $25 AMEX gift card to go towards purchases in the Play Store (like more gold or sun coins for TDM).

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[Update x2: It's Live] ASUS To Provide Transformer Prime Owners With Free GPS Dongle, New Prime Builds To Have Improved WiFi Performance

Update: You can now register to get your free dongle. More info can be found here. Below, you'll find a look at what this massive accessory looks like. Yep, just like the leak.

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The ASUS Transformer Prime is the hottest Android tablet on store shelves right now, and for good reason; it's thin, fast, powerful, and well-featured. But there's one shortcoming that ruffled a lot of feathers: very poor GPS performance.

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[Leak] Photos Surface Of The GPS Dongle For The ASUS Transformer Prime: This Thing Is Big And Ugly

The Transformer Prime is a nice tablet. The GPS problems it suffers due to its all-aluminum case, however, are not. We've heard that ASUS is planning on alleviating these problems with a GPS dongle, and now we're finally getting a look at it. It's uh...well, it sure is a dongle

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According to Land of Droid, this giant, we'll say, wand-looking thing, is the GPS dongle that's going to "fix" the Transformer Prime's GPS issues.

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ASUS Transformer TF101 And Transformer Prime TF201 Are The First Tablets To Get Official ClockworkMod Touch Recovery Support

Koushik Dutta, the author of ClockworkMod recovery, has released versions of the touch-enabled CWM Touch recovery over the weekend for both the original ASUS Transformer TF101 and the Transformer Prime TF201. The two devices join an already extensive list of phones with Touch recovery support - in fact, they seem to be the first tablets to support it in CWM's history.

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Disclaimer: Android Police isn't responsible for any harm to your device - proceed at your own risk.
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Hulu Plus Update Finally Brings Tablet-Optimized UI To Select Devices

If you're at all into TV, you've heard of Hulu. Chances are, you're watching something on Hulu right now on your PC, phone, XBOX360, Wii, Roku, PS3, iPad, 3DS, or any of the other supported devices. The list is pretty long, but until today it had one glaring omission - Android tablets. Sure, some tablets, like the Kindle Fire, HTC Flyer, or the Vizio VTAB, were already supported, but they were running Gingerbread and didn't have a proper tablet UI.

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[Update x2: Rolling Out Now] ASUS Teases The Next Update For The Transformer Prime - "Awesome New Features Coming"

Update:  The update should be available to all users now. Surprisingly, it's still running Android 4.0.3, and Face Unlock is still seemingly absent. It's possible that there was a bit of misinterpretation, since the original changelog was translated from Italian to English and ASUS actually stated that it was working on Face Unlock, not that it would actually be available in this update.

One thing it does bring, however, is something that Prime owners have been missing since the beginning: battery information, so you can finally see what has been chomping away at your precious juice.

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[Updated: Here Are The Winners!] Cores Galore Giveaway: Win One Of Two 64GB ASUS Transformer Primes With Keyboard Docks From Android Police And NVIDIA

So, we all know today marks the launch of a certain other popular tablet. But Android Police and NVIDIA are here to give you a chance to win the only cutting-edge tablet with a fully-functioning, battery-packing keyboard dock that allows you to transform your device into an Android-powered laptop, and rocks a quad-core processor (technically, 5 cores!) with a twelve-core GPU. Of course, we're talking about the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

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