ASUS has now released a utility to unlock the bootloader on your ASUS Transformer Pad TF300. They are staying true to their word that they would allow unlocking of their bootloaders. This will of course void your warranty, and you can’t re-lock the bootloader, so tread with caution. However, this fully unlocks the capabilities of your tablet, allowing root and a whole world of custom ROMs.
I am, of course, disappointed that they locked it in the first place. This creates a long wait for anyone wanting to mess with their brand new tablet, meaning they can’t really use what they paid for. Also, it voids your warranty when you unlock it. If you unlock, root, don’t flash custom software, and then your screen burns out (which is a manufacturer defect), you can’t get it replaced. You’re screwed over just because you wanted to have the freedom to do anything with the hardware you purchased with hard earned money.
With Samsung, I get what I am paying for. The Galaxy S, Galaxy SII, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 have been completely open. When my (rooted and running a leaked build) Galaxy Tab 10.1 screen was damaged (due to a defect in the early Tab manufacturing process), I just flashed a stock ROM without root and sent it to Samsung for an easy repair. When my Galaxy SII radio and fuel chip started screwing up, I flashed stock and got it replaced. None of those issues were caused by anything more than manufacturer defect, and what I did with the software on the device doesn’t matter in that case. Every time, they replaced it.
I even got a Samsung device replaced when it was obvious it used to be rooted. After a restore to stock, I forgot to update my old Galaxy S to Gingerbread and left it on 2.1 (OTA updates were forced, so it couldn’t have been on 2.1 unless I restored it to 2.1 myself). The guy looked at me, obviously getting that it was rooted, and replaced it without a word.
What I’m trying to say is that a company shouldn’t void your warranty if you want to take full advantage of a product you purchased. They don’t own it, you do. And locked bootloaders go completely against that. But at least it’s something, unlike Motorola (who said they would unlocked bootloaders, but never did. All their phones are locked down).
If you would like to unlock your TF300′s bootloader, click here to download the unlock utility. Best of luck in your ventures into the custom software world, and have fun!