Asus Transformer Prime Ice Cream Sandwich Update

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While we didn't spend a lot of time working with the new face unlock feature, we did manage to grab a few screen captures of things like the data usage app, some of the enhanced settings and controls that Asus makes available on the Prime, and a quick look at the new tabbed browsing experience.

Data Usage Details

About tablet and Asus customized settings

The data usage app is going to come in handy if / when Asus decides to release a 3G-enabled version of their Transformer series.  For now, this feature is more suited to handsets than anything else, though it's nice to have available regardless, especially if you're tethering to a handset for the time being. As an aside, what you also might find interesting is that the "WiFi direct" feature introduced with ICS allows you to directly share or stream files and media between devices. Also, as you'll note above, Asus has rolled out the 4.03 version of Ice Cream Sandwich, which was released in mid December.  This update offers a few bug fixes, improved graphics performance, and better image stabilization in the video camera app, among other enhancements.

Apps icons appear bigger, bolder, more detailed

As they say, "it's the little things" that sometimes make the most difference.  Here you can see ICS' new Roboto font as well as the bolder, more detailed app icons that are just easier on the eyes.  Even the home screen fonts have better spacing and are easier to read in general.

Tabbed Browsing and Roboto Font

Tabbed browsing isn't anything new in the tablet arena for Android 3.x but it is new for the stock Android webkit browser on smartphones.  As you can see here, the Roboto font carries over to the browser in some areas, as well, like the address bar.  We'll also note that this version of the browser appears to have somewhat cleaned up the font issue we noticed on the Prime running Honeycomb while browsing in portrait mode.  Screen fonts in general are easier to read in our opinion in the browser as well. 

We'll also note that, in addition to these visual optimizations, which are more subtle, ICS offers a much more responsive UI experience overall.  Swiping between home screens, apps and widgets just renders faster and more smoothly and that experience carries over to the web browsing experience as well.  Scrolling is more fluid with less noticeable screen draw when browsing and pinch/zoom response time seems faster as well.  This is due to Android 4.0's new hardware accelerated UI capabilities taking advantage of additional resources in NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC. 

On that note, let's fire up some quick benchmark numbers now and see if Android 4.0 puts up scores that correlate to some of these performance enhancements as well.

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cowboyspace 2 years ago

Why don't you guys make an article saying the top 5 or 10 tablets of 2012 :) I will like to see it. Thanks you

Der Meister 2 years ago

I wonder when ICS will be out for the OG transformer. 

Dave_HH 2 years ago


AKnudson 2 years ago

I think he means Original.

cogeek 2 years ago

scheduled release per asus for the og transformer tf101 not the prime tf201 is per asus set to be pushed this month, they were not able to be more specific than that. as for the prime the ics upgrade a few weeks ago went as smooth as possible taking all of five minutes and not a single software issue since. there was another software push yesterday to all prime owners heard it had to do with the camera and some other things but that came straight from the rumor mill so take it with a grain of salt.

Dave_HH 2 years ago

Hmm... not a bad idea.

cogeek 2 years ago

do a search online for top android tablets 2012 and you will get dozens of hits that provide you with exactly what you are looking for.

AKnudson 2 years ago

Anyway we could get an ipad 2 versus the transformer prime video?

cogeek 2 years ago

there are lots of them on youtube.

cowboyspace 2 years ago

you buy the two tablet and i will make the video :) lol sounds good

xmd5 2 years ago

From what I’ve seen and heard it won’t be released for 3 to 4 months. the main differences are the lack of a metal back to help with GPS and Wifi issues and a higher rez screen. Atleast thats all I have heard. Maybe slight increase in Ghz on the CPU’s

Der Meister 2 years ago

OG I was referring to is the OriGinal but Olive Garden is a good choice as well. Stick out tongue

cogeek 2 years ago

contrary to popular belief, rumors, the two wifi antennas are located between the gorilla glass and the motherboard the metal back has nothing to do with reception. one trick that works, i wouldn't use it on mine but if you squeeze the sides somewhat you can increase signal strength. the antennas have spring mounted contacts that for lack of a better term aren't springy enough to make really good contact. the gps option was dealt with by virtually removing from newer products not that for most it was important to begin with, just a testing and marketing deal gone bad. the tf700 model is supposed to have a higher res screen but when it is a 10" screen as opposed to a say a 55" you would barely notice a difference if any. the screen res on the current tf201 units is so awesome to begin with i cannot imagine how they could improve it. the squeeze the tablet means to boost wifi reception worked on the first batch from the end of last year. the new units per owner feedback including my own experience works just fine.

JZitting 2 years ago

Android 4.0 "ice cream sandwich" seems to be alot more straightforward than the Android 2.3 "gingerbread". all the reviews iv'e seen all convice me that this is what my dad should upgrade to, as he spends alot of time browsing, and working online.

cogeek 2 years ago

not all devices will work with ics, and those that do, research first before attempting as you don't want to end up with a crippled or doa device. i don't have to worry about it but if you really want to upgrade my best advice is to keep up on any one of the android user forums where they can give you a first hand heads up in advance.

ZTimpson 2 years ago

how does this tablet compare to the Ipad 2?

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