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Old April 16th, 2012, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default GPS dongle ordered!

Yay!

Go here - https://vip.asus.com/login.aspx

I had to register my Prime first (should have done it months ago! ), but it immediately told me to apply for the dongle.

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Old April 16th, 2012, 11:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The fix seems kind of silly, considering it impacts the normal use of the device and the add-ons for it. A lot bigger than expected too.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 12:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ive been registered, and I ordered the GPS enhancment device (I refuse to call it a "dongle"). We'll see how long it takes to arive.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 12:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It does seem big. I might never use it, tbh, but I figured better to have it than not. It will live in the car, on the assumption that if I need GPS I won't be at home...

Seems to me that they could have had the dongle plug into the tablet, and then a socket in the dongle for the dock to plug into. But what do I know, I'm not a techie!
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The fix seems kind of silly, considering it impacts the normal use of the device and the add-ons for it. A lot bigger than expected too.
You would think that as bulky as they made it, they would have had it improve wifi performance as well...and included a pass-through for charging.
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True dat. The Prime could have went from weak to mega wifi with the dongle.

Shame the two types of signals have different characteristics, but perhaps could have been done in parallel in the attachment. Perhaps would have cost more than they wanted.

My guess is that due to the lower volume of sales, the returns, dongle and customer service costs, the Prime already was in the red. A mega dongle would have made it deeper red.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 09:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've been registered for a couple of months - logged in right now - not seeing the damn link anywhere :\
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The link is on the left side about 3/4 of the way down on the VIP login.
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Out of curiosity, where are the pics for the "dongle "?
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Is it just my eyesight or is there nowhere to connect the charging lead to?

There seems to be the release slide on the bottom right but no sign of a through charging lead.

Surely that is a requirement they would have considered?
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Old April 17th, 2012, 10:13 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The link is on the left side about 3/4 of the way down on the VIP login.
Yeah, wasn't showing up. Then did about an hour later, and was loading to non available page, then about 20 minutes later was working.

Ordered.


Would have been nice to include a wifi antennae in the thing.
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Just ordered mine, we'll see how long it takes to get...
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I don't know that I'll ever use it but since they are offering it for free, I ordered the dongle as well.
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Just ordered mine, don't need it as I've never needed GPS on a tablet anyway.

But might add value when I come to sell it, maybe.
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I ordered one, because it's free, but I expect to continue using my bluetooth GPS for navigation. That's the way to go, IMO, and you can get one for ~US$15 off ebay. Connecting via bluetooth uses less battery power than the internal GPS, and almost certainly less than the dongle, plus it has the benefit of leaving the connector free for charging.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I ordered mine yesterday. Geez that thing is big. I would rather have something that "looks" like an antennae but hey it's free.
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Thanks for the link. Ordered mine as well, even though I can't think of any reason to use it??
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I ordered one, because it's free, but I expect to continue using my bluetooth GPS for navigation. That's the way to go, IMO, and you can get one for ~US$15 off ebay. Connecting via bluetooth uses less battery power than the internal GPS, and almost certainly less than the dongle, plus it has the benefit of leaving the connector free for charging.
Which one do you have? I saw a couple on ebay.
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It's not an antenna, it's a gps receiver, with antenna. A GPS receiver doesn't need to be very large, but if you want good performance, you need a larger antenna than most cellphones have. Again, I'll probably put it in a drawer, and continue to use my bluetooth GPS receiver. It works, reliably, and has its own battery. Mine is a unit I bought several years ago, an F-Tech Solar receiver. I'm not sure it's even sold any longer. I found this review of it, FWIW. It also uses a standard Nokia cellphone battery, in case a replacement is needed.
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