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Ice Cream Sandwich on the Transformer Prime: Our definitive verdict

The Asus Transformer Prime finally gets Ice Cream Sandwich. So how is it? We'll never tell...unless you click that link.

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The ICS update for the Transformer Prime is the first update approved by an actual Transformer. No, seriously. James Martin/CNET

When the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime launched in late 2011, the hope was that it would be the first tablet to have and hold Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the latest version of the Android OS. While the tablet eventually launched with Honeycomb, no other tablet has yet to be released running ICS (although, the Xoom has received an update for it by now), so as of this month, it actually is the first.

A couple of weeks back, Asus began rolling out over-the-air updates of ICS to Transformer Prime owners in the U.S. We at CNET finally got our Prime unit updated and spent all day poring through the sweet deliciousness that is ICS.

The thing about ICS for tablets, though, is that while smartphones previously topped out at Android 2.3, Honeycomb (version 3) has been on tablets for nearly a year now and going from 3.0 to 4.0 just isn't as huge of a jump. Still, although the changes are minor, they are noticeable.

Check out the full Transformer Prime review, and skip to the Ice Cream Sandwich section if updates and changes are all you're interested in.

First Look
Watch this: Ice Cream Sandwich on the Transformer Prime