The first 24 hours
Long time lurker, nearly never poster. Hi, all.
I sold a Eeepc netbook to "trade" in for a prime. I got my prime and dock yesterday from Amazon, a grey 64G C3, after waiting about a month for it to ship. Agonizing. I had been doing a bunch of reading on it here while I waited, so I had a game plan all lined up for rooting/customizing.
First, the bad. Out of the box, the wifi would never complete turning on. Found someone else here with the same problem, doing an immediate factory data wipe fixed that. GPS is abysmal, almost completely unusable. Registered for the dongle immediately. (I didn't buy this for the GPS, but that's still disappointing.)
Now, the good. Pretty much everything else. It came with the .15 firmware. I gotta say, the Asus stock rom really isn't too bad at all. This was a pleasant surprise.. I've had a G1, MyTouch, Samsung Galaxy, and now the Galaxy II, and to date all the manufactuer additions only detract from the android experience. Bloat bloat bloat. The Asus stock was refreshingly clean. Gotta give props where it is due, that's really nice.
I waited to root until I was sure hardware was all okay. Read the "checklist" forum posts. No dead pixels, no light bleeds... basically, it seems perfect. The wifi signal strength almost always shows one bar, but the signal itself works completely fine from anywhere inside my house, and outside on the patio. Video streaming from Plex is awesome.
As good as the stock rom was, I only lasted a few hours with it before I rooted (vipermod), flashed CWM (method 2), and put on the most recent Cyanogen nightly (4/18.) Not everything works yet (it's only a nightly, after all), but I'm running nightlies for my Galaxy 2 also, and I'm uber impressed at how quickly stuff is coming together over there. I can only anticipate the same rapid clip of making things great from the Cyanogen team -- as it is now, it's easily usable as a daily driver... and there's something really nice about a "computer" and my phone acting the same, syncing data, etc. AAIIIEE THE FUTURE
I think the only thing I could want now is a stable/easy method to dual boot into ubuntu for when I need to do some "real" work, and this would qualify as my dream device.
Super, super happy camper. Worth every penny.