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The Transformer Pad TF300T's GPS Works!

Asus Transformer Pad TF300T Review: Tegra 3, More Affordable
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Last week's Transformer Prime TF201 review mentioned that the tablet had a problem with its embedded GPS feature in that it didn't work. Eager to rectify its issue, Asus attempted to resolve the Prime's malfunctioning GPS by offering its customers a free dongle, though that requires attaching a big piece of hardware externally whenever an application needs geolocation information. It's possible that the TF201's misbehaving GPS played a role in the company's decision switch from an aluminum chassis to plastic, but Asus isn't talking.

Fortunately, the Transformer Pad's GPS works just fine. Running GPS Test reveals no problems, and Google Maps finds and correctly reports our location using GPS satellites. Asus apparently learned from its Transformer Prime TF201 implementation, and we can happily report that GPS signal reception is no longer a problem.

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    netadmin , April 24, 2012 1:56 PM
    "Fortunately, Asus is sticking with $149 as the price for TF300T's complementary accessory."

    Maybe it's just me, but I don't see anything fortunate about paying the same price for an inferior product. Based on reviews at other sites, the keyboard dock for the TF300T has a 16 Wh battery compared to the 22 Wh battery for the Prime dock. Is it being suggested that 27% lower battery capacity does not make any difference in price? I understand that ASUS has to make a profit, but would it not be reasonable to lower the price a little bit, at least?
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    samuelspark , April 24, 2012 11:49 AM
    Yay. Excellent price/performance tablet. :D 
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    burnley14 , April 24, 2012 12:59 PM
    Looks like a great tablet. The screen could use a little work, especially the resolution, but everything else checks out well. I too will be interested to see a tablet like this one running Windows 8, could be a game-changer.
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    netadmin , April 24, 2012 1:56 PM
    "Fortunately, Asus is sticking with $149 as the price for TF300T's complementary accessory."

    Maybe it's just me, but I don't see anything fortunate about paying the same price for an inferior product. Based on reviews at other sites, the keyboard dock for the TF300T has a 16 Wh battery compared to the 22 Wh battery for the Prime dock. Is it being suggested that 27% lower battery capacity does not make any difference in price? I understand that ASUS has to make a profit, but would it not be reasonable to lower the price a little bit, at least?
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    vicsrealms , April 24, 2012 2:39 PM
    Looks like a great tablet, but I can't even find the Asus Transformer Prime anywhere. Maybe it the availability is good I may try to manage to pick one up, but i have given up on the Prime.
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    halcyon , April 24, 2012 2:42 PM
    I really would like to see a successor to the Transformer Prime with a display with the same or higher resolution as the 3rd gen iPad. That'd be quite something.
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    xkche , April 24, 2012 2:54 PM
    3 weeks ago i buy a TF101 :(  for just $10 less than this price....
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    frabber , April 24, 2012 4:21 PM
    it's 80 euros below retina, it would be a bargain if it had a retina display
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    Stardude82 , April 24, 2012 6:13 PM
    Oh... you're in Bakersfield... I'm sorry. :-P
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    mobomofo , April 24, 2012 9:32 PM
    How come no one has pulled the "Does it play Crysis?" yet.
    That joke can't die. We gotta keep it alive people.

    +2 for the Bakersfield joke. Good eye.
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    everygamer , April 24, 2012 10:18 PM
    Anyone get a PS3 or other mainstream game controller paired with the Transformer via bluetooth without rooting?
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    dragonsqrrl , April 25, 2012 12:15 AM
    xkche3 weeks ago i buy a TF101 for just $10 less than this price....

    ...ouch, sorry.
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    dalauder , April 25, 2012 4:13 AM
    Finally--a Tablet that answers the question:
    "What is a Tablet for?"

    It's a laptop when you want one and a camera, notepad, & wireless connectivity device whenever you don't need a full laptop. And it's finally at a price comparable to low-level laptops.
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    xtreme5 , April 25, 2012 10:06 AM
    magicccccccccc!!!
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    gilbertfh , April 25, 2012 11:11 AM
    Now hold on a second... Are you trying to tell me that an extra 16GB of memory only costs me $20 more? WTF Apple?
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    halcyon , April 25, 2012 1:41 PM
    gilbertfhNow hold on a second... Are you trying to tell me that an extra 16GB of memory only costs me $20 more? WTF Apple?

    When its bottom of the barrel memory...oh yes, its quite economical.
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    gilbertfh , April 25, 2012 2:24 PM
    halcyonWhen its bottom of the barrel memory...oh yes, its quite economical.

    This really makes me curious... Do you mind backing that claim up with something? Two things about that comment strike me as odd. First, that a quality company like ASUS would use bottom of the barrel memory (or at least different quality than Apple would) and second, that upping the memory on an iPad would cost $100 to go from 16GB to 32GB.
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    halcyon , April 25, 2012 2:54 PM
    gilbertfh...quality company like ASUS ...

    You lost me here. I had 5 (five) Transformer Primes and they ALL had pixel defects...every single one of them. So while I've had countless motherboards from Asus that have been problem-free I'm not seeing their quality transfer to their tablet endeavors. Now, why do I mention this? Well, if you can either ship flawed LCDs OR package flawless LCDs in such a way that they're easily flawed by the time they reach the customer it tends to speak to your quality (either build materials, manufacturing, packaging, etc.). So, with this scenario in mind its more likely for me to believe they're not using high quality memory in their tablets.

    Yes, I know some people have had flawless Transformer Primes...I'm just not one of them. Now, I've had several iPads (including 2 gen 3 iPads) and they've never had any screen defects or any other defects. It made me wonder what Apple was doing in their manufacturing, packaging, etc., that would be so different from Asus. I don't have the answer. Obviously I caught samples from a bad batch of Transformer Primes. My question is why?
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    andywork78 , April 25, 2012 4:10 PM
    Great tablet.

    Can't wait to having one for my self.
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    kartu , April 26, 2012 1:07 PM
    "Tegra 3, more affordable, shitty screen"
    FTWY

    PS
    No, thanks.
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    house70 , April 26, 2012 2:06 PM
    HalcyonYou lost me here. I had 5 (five) Transformer Primes and they ALL had pixel defects...every single one of them. So while I've had countless motherboards from Asus that have been problem-free I'm not seeing their quality transfer to their tablet endeavors. Now, why do I mention this? Well, if you can either ship flawed LCDs OR package flawless LCDs in such a way that they're easily flawed by the time they reach the customer it tends to speak to your quality (either build materials, manufacturing, packaging, etc.). So, with this scenario in mind its more likely for me to believe they're not using high quality memory in their tablets.Yes, I know some people have had flawless Transformer Primes...I'm just not one of them. Now, I've had several iPads (including 2 gen 3 iPads) and they've never had any screen defects or any other defects. It made me wonder what Apple was doing in their manufacturing, packaging, etc., that would be so different from Asus. I don't have the answer. Obviously I caught samples from a bad batch of Transformer Primes. My question is why?

    HalcyonWhen its bottom of the barrel memory...oh yes, its quite economical.

    Well, you have a beef with Asus, for your own reasons, but to generalize your experience to the entire company and it's products is childish. I have never had any issues with my Asus products, including a Transformer, so I could argue exactly the opposite.
    The "memory" comment is completely without any merit, unless you prove that is correct and you also prove that any of the issues you might have had with that bad batch were due to poor quality memory chips. Till then, feel free to troll somewhere else. Thank you.
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