Asus Transformer Prime Ice Cream Sandwich Update

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After updating the Asus Transformer Prime to ICS, we took a look at how the device compared to other tablets, as well as our previous set of scores with the Prime running Honeycomb (Android 3.2), by running a few common benchmarks that are currently available in the Android Marketplace. The first two tests are general purpose computing type benchmarks, while the third evaluates browsing performance.

General Performance with Android 4.0
General Compute, Javascript and Browsing/Rendering Performance


Somewhat surprisingly, the Transformer Prime's performance dipped slightly in the Linpack benchmark after being updated to ICS. The device was still clearly faster than the other Android-based tables represented in the graph, but versus the original installation of Gingerbread the Prime with ICS trailed by about 7.5%. This benchmark, however, does have some degree of variability so the actual difference may be slightly higher or lower and ever perhaps within the margin of error with this test.


The Sunspider benchmark showed a fairly significant degradation of Javascript performance going from Android 3.2 to 4.0. The Prime offered good performance in this test before the update, but after the ICS update the tablet's performance in this test dropped about 18%.  Optimizations in this area are hopefully forthcoming.

 
Rightware's Browsermark tells a different story, however. In this test, the Transformer Primer's performance increases slightly after the ICS update, but the delta is modest. The Prime was the second fastest tablet we had tested with Browsermark before the update, and it maintains that position after the update, though it was able to somewhat close the gap between it and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus. 

Unfortunately we weren't able to run our current suite of GLBenchmark graphics test numbers with the Asus Transformer Prime and ICS.  The app is now crashing on this new version of Android.  Hopefully the benchmark's author will be able to rectify that so we can give you some comparison numbers here in the days ahead.

And that about wraps-up our quick-take look at Android 4.0 on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime.  As we get more time with the OS and with future updates, we'll be sure to pass our experiences on to you as well.  Stay tuned.

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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

OG?

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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