I am the owner of a ROM'd device & you can too
I'm happy to own an Android based tablet. For the record it's a Transformer Prime (tf201). The bad one with the all aluminum back that kills the wifi. It also has the bad gps, but Asus sent me the dongle and all is good know. The thing that has been great up until know is that Asus is super sharp getting firmware updates to get you to the ever new version of Android, which recently jumped to Jellybean from Ice Cream Sandwich. Now I read recently that last week would be the time to get the new version. So I sat with bated breath, hammering the 'Check for Update' button until I'm sure Asus banned my device for DDS reasons. Some time around the 3rd day of availability I finally got the dialog box I was waiting for. Firmware downloaded, I made the popcorn, and got ready for the show. About 50% into the patching process I got the doomed red triangle.
That is one sick android
Not knowing why and with no way to recover I sadly rebooted, wiped away some tears & promptly resorted to hammering the 'Check for Update' button again. Alas, to my dismay the device was now telling me 'No update for your device presently'. The update failed and apparently Asus didn't want to let me try again.
Gobsmacked and worried about waiting for another couple of days until the firmware becomes available for general download from the Asus site I took a look at my old pal Cyanogenmod. Now I ditched the stock firmware on my phone probably weeks after getting it, but for some reason I didn't see to do the same thing with my tablet. Like gravity moving the tides I was suddenly compelled to mod my tablet. Instructions are up, & a daily build of CM 10 is based on Jellybean and available for the tf201. The bootloader for the tablet is locked but running an Asus supplied app will unlock it (and destroy your warranty in the process)
My beautiful splash screen is sullied with evidence of my flagrant warranty termination
You also need to root the device, details on that are a Google search away.
The fallout? Best decision ever. When I installed CM on my phone I got probably an instant 20% jump in performance. When I did the same to my tablet I got an even better jump. (Could also partially be due to Jellybean and Project Butter, but I'm gonna say CM did it) One hitch:
The tablet doesn't boot into Clock Work Mod recovery automatically. Well at least not with how I installed it. Here's how I did it (after it was installed via Rom Manager that is)
- Shut it down
- Reboot while holding Power Button + Volume Down
- Once the menu pops up, hit Volume UP
- Pow! Magically you'll be in CWM and you can install the Rom from the SD card.
If you have a device that can take CM. Do it! You will not be dissappointed. If you need to contact a 14 year old nephew or something to get it done be sure to bribe with Minecraft. CM is built for performance and not filled with bloatware that phones home all the time. I don't mean to exaggerate but if you want dominion over your device flash Cyanogenmod.