so some days ago I finally got my Asus Transformer Prime. It's an awesome device :)
It has some flaws here and there but I think they are all software wise and will be solved with the upcoming ICS update.
One thing though, which is really bad. Asus continued to use it's 128 bit AES encryption allowing only correctly signed ROMs to be flashed.
This is in fact nothing new, the original Transformer used the same methods. Fortunately the AES key got somehow leaked for the original one.
Locked down with such a bootloader it's going to be very hard to do any kind of modification, custom kernels or custom ROMs.
ASUS already stated on their german Facebook page that they do not intend to unlock their bootloader.
This is awful. They have no reason to not provide a similar solution to what HTC or Sony do. As the Prime doesn't come with any cellular radio, ASUS can't say it's the carriers fault.
But talking about HTC, the huge pressure from the community finally made them think twice about locked bootloaders. We all know what this lead to.
All new HTC devices are now officially unlockable, giving you the choice to put on them what ever you may like.
We - the android community - need to put as much pressure on ASUS, we deserve the freedom to flash what ever we like.
While the whole story already catched quite bit of fire with major news sites talking about it, we can't get enough attention.
So spread my word as good as you can, tweet it, post it, email it to ASUS. Everything is good enough :)