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Transformer Prime GPS Dongle Pictured, Invites to Order One Sent Out

The Asus Transformer Prime, by all accounts, is still the best Android tablet on the market (our review). It boasts a quad-core processor, amazing screen, great build materials, the top tablet camera around, and docking abilities that would make any tech device jealous. Unfortunately for some that wish to use it as a massive navigation system, Asus chose to spend as little time as possible making the GPS work correctly. After multiple attempts to fix it via software update, they decided that the only way to make it truly functional was through the addition of a GPS dongle.

With an acknowledgement of said dongle by Asus, we have been sitting here waiting for news of a release. Well, this morning, invites to request a dongle were sent out to Prime owners in an offer that expires on July 31st. Along with those invites, a set of leaked pictures made their way onto the web, giving us an idea as to how hideous your Prime will be with this thing attached. Yep, I said hideous. 

According to Land of Droid who leaked the pics, it greatly improves GPS and attaches just like the docking station does.

And here are the invites that are going out this morning:

TF201 GPS Extension Kit Apply&Inquire

Thank you for purchasing the ASUS Eee Transformer Prime TF201, and helping to make it the most popular Android based tablet since its launch in December 2011. We greatly appreciate feedback from our valued customers about our products, and take it very seriously. The response to the TF201 generally has been overwhelmingly positive, but we understand that, in certain regions, the GPS functionality has not met some user’s expectations.

Free Dongle! At ASUS, we are committed to delivering innovative, high-quality products and services, and our customers’ experience is important to us. Although the TF201 is not a professional GPS device, as part of our unwavering commitment to our customers we are offering all customers who purchased a TF201 system a free external GPS extension kit, called a dongle, which may help improve signal reception and optimize the user experience. We are pleased to announce this offer as part of our commitment to customer service, but it does not replace, alter or amend any existing warranties you may have.We also encourage you to contact ASUS customer support in your local region directly if you are experiencing GPS related problems.

ASUS prides itself on delivering an unrivalled user experience, and we offer our sincere apologies for any inconvenience that our customers may have encountered.

The offer will expire on 31th of July, 2012 (PST).

Be sure to order yours before that deadline.

Pics via:  Land of Droid

Cheers Jon and Timmy!

  • Christopher Nunez

     ok a dongle to fix GPS…. how about wifi?? my wifi still sucks on my TP , i still love the tabet but I cant even get through a 20 minute netflix tv show

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    That moment when the cure is worse than the disease. Nice that Asus hasn’t walked away from the issue but holy hell, that’s… unfortunate.

    Good luck Asus peeps!
    /hugs GED wifi Xoom.

  • Gothdroid

    I bought my prime to use as a tablet, which is only on a wifi connection or playing games in the car that don’t require an internet connection. If I need GPS I just use my gnex, personally using a tablet for GPS is almost as crazy as using it for taking photos with. The prime works perfectly for what I use it for, I think I’ve fired up the GPS on the thing once since I got it.

  • GUEST

    DONGLE

    Y U NO FIT INSIDE!?

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I applaud the effort and fix.. but this thing is massively laughable & fugly and even worse, you cant charge while using it and GPS is one of the most battery sucking resources and now we have a dongle that can only be used sparingly and not on real long trips.

  • LTE4G

    Glad I took mine back, heck if the “best” tablet won’t even power on, and when it does the GPS doesnt even work, wow! 

  • ddevito

    And this is the company making the Nexus tablet. Can’t wait.

    /s

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  • http://twitter.com/JKingDaRuler Jay Kingsley

    Your kidding me right ? And this is suppose to be “the best” Android tablet on the market ? The iPad Killer ? A Dongle ?   GTFOH !!!! 

    • Google

      Hahaha. Hopefully it will come with a power brick, wired mouse and a wired keyboard also!

  • Jason

    My Xoom works great for navigation…and no dongle.  (but no quad-core proc either) Why is everyone so against the Xoom?

    • Michael Forte

      Probably because it’s heavy and the screen isn’t all that great on it.

      • FknTwizted

        Captain limp wrist… Xoom isn’t that heavy. Screen isn’t the greatest but then again my GPS does work.. (sorry love to poke fun at all the prime owners for previous smug comments about the Xoom)

        • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

          I bought a Xoom within a month of it being released (the ridiculously expensive one, not the wi-fi one). I didn’t have too many problems.

          But with the GPS issues and all, I would still never pick my Xoom over my TP. It’s so much lighter, thinner, prettier, and faster. Just keep tellin’ yourself, “My GPS works!” if it makes ya feel better for not having a Prime.

          /kidding

  • Dacatalyst41

    Do you have to have an internet connection for it to work?

  • MKader17

    For those who don’t receive an invite. Go to the Asus VIP site and register your Prime (if you haven’t already). For me it automatically forwarded me to the GPS sign up page after registering my prime. If not it is on the left side dock of the screen.

  • Preizler

    Never got the email but the application is on their site when I log in. There’s no mention if the power cord will plug into the dongle. Anyone know anything about this?

    • Joe

       Same.  Never got the email, but was able to log on to their site and submit the application for the dongle.

  • Fabyloso

    What exactly about the GPS doesn’t work for you guys? I use Google maps and Google earth all the time. It finds my location just as normal as my gnex does.

    • MKader17

      Do you ever try using it in the car. Also, try using something like My Tracks and walk around recording yourself. For me it was showing crazy results.

      Unfortunately for me, I can’t get any real accuracy, even standing still with my prime. I normally see 2-4 satellites w/ GPS Test

      • Fabyloso

        No. I’ve never used it outside of a wifi connection. I bought it solely to use on wifi connections.

    • Bob

      Not to be a detail nazi but if it requires wifi it isn’t GPS. 

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    If I had purchased one of these with a data plan, expecting the device to be fully functional wherever I took it, I’d be pretty pissed right about now…

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      There are no Transformer Primes that have data plans. All wi-fi only.

      • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

        Ah, good point. I had major wires crossed.

  • hottopic

    Has Asus made any mention of a hardware update with newly manufactured units? The situation would be that much more ridiculous if they continued pumping out units knowing very well of the GPS hinderance. Talk about dropdripping the ball…

    • MKader17

      I think the problem is that they can not fix the GPS because of the aluminum backing. The only other option would be to develop a new back plate and have everyone send there prime in. I think its an option they don’t want to use.

      • QtDL

        That is not an option. I asked them about that outright when I talked about the GPS issues with my Prime (that I ended up returning).

  • MKader17

    I’m not sure if hideous is the right word for it. Though I do think they could have made it a bit smaller…

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      When I buy tablets, I expect them to look the way they do out of the box and work correctly. Having to attach a dongle onto it takes it into the hideous category for me. :P

      • MKader17

        I completely agree. However, Asus did offer a full refund for the unit if you felt they had falsely advertised the product. They made it clear that this would not be like owning a Garmin, and then they still went ahead and developed a GPS dongle that utilizes the dock ports in order to better protect your charging port.

        Also, I’ve seen demandarin on XDA report that it is not as bad as it seems, so maybe this is a different version or it just looks different in hand.

        To each there own though. I’m still proud of Asus for offering this to customers. They could have easily dropped the hole issue immediately after offering refunds.

        • b00sted

           I dont even own this tab and I agree with you fully though.. some ppl just like to bitch for the sake of bitching ;)

        • Big_EZ

          I wishI would have been offered a refund, but they only draurslide that in Europe. I don’t get to use my prime because it doesn’t pick up my wifi signal unless I’m in the room with the router (which is where I keep my laptop) I bought the prime so I didn’t have to carry my 17″ laptop upthe stairs every night and on trips but the prime is useless in both of those situations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jetsaredim Jared Greenwald

    So, it doesn’t work with then keyboard then…  :(