February 22, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Folks weren’t happy when they discovered that the ASUS Transformer Prime shipped with a locked bootloader. Users launched a flood of complaints to ASUS’s social media channels, eventually leading to a reversal and promise that an unlock tool would be delivered soon.
ASUS has released the unlock tool for the Transformer Prime (TF201) here. Users looking to unlock the bootloader and await custom ROM’s can simply enter Android as the OS, click the Utilities link, and then follow instructions for the Unlock Device app section. This tool only works on Ice Cream Sandwich devices, and features the usual warnings about voiding warranties. Remember that if you mess up in attempts to customize your tablet, you are on your own. ASUS explicitly states that using the unlock tool instantly voids your warranty. For good.
Before you download, install, and use the Unlock Device App you acknowledge and assume complete risk to the quality and performance of this App, including but not limited to the following: once you activate the App you will not be able to recover your ASUS product (“Original Product”) back to original locked conditions;the Original Product with the activated App will not be deemed the Original Product; the Revised Product will no longer be covered under the warranty of the Original Product; the software of Revised Product will no longer be deemed the software of the Original Product and can no longer receive ASUS software updates; your purchased digital content may also be affected.
The Transformer Prime is the best Android tablet on the market. The biggest knock on the device was its locked bootloader, so this removes one blemish from the device’s record. However, be sure you’re ready to follow the ROM community closely and pay close attention to every action that you undertake. No one wants to make a critical mistake that damages their device, especially when that person will be on the hook for the costs of fixing or replacing it.
via The Verge