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Internet reaction of the Apple's new tablet the iPad has featured many mocking remarks. Many say the device's name sounds like a feminine hygiene product.
Many in public say the device's name sounds like a feminine hygiene product

On Wednesday Apple aired its long awaited tablet computer, which it dubbed the iPad.  Basically an oversized iPhone/iPod Touch, the new device hopes to capitalize on the popularity of these smaller products, filling the same niche as more traditional netbooks and UMPCs. 

Some Apple fans have indicated claimed the tablet will kill less full-featured e-Book readers like the Amazon Kindle or recent Sony Pocket Reader.  If that's the case, these competitors sure seem unusually nonchalant.

Sony, which actually competes with the tablet in two arenas -- eReaders (Sony Reader series) and mobile gaming (PSP Go) -- says that it may actually get a boost from the iPad. 

States  Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital Reading Division, "The introduction of another mobile device, which includes digital reading as part of its functionality, is a good thing for the digital book business.  Mobile devices with reading capabilities will play a key role in the paradigm shift from analog to digital content. At Sony, we’re focused on devices optimized for digital reading and believe that digital books sales will surpass print sales within five years, if not sooner."

Predicting the demise of print sales is certainly a bold move, but not a terribly new one; Amazon and Sony have been trumpeting that line for some time now.  The more interesting tidbit is that Sony actually thinks the increased attention about tablets and digital books surrounding the iPhone will actually help Sony's sales.

Sony certainly has a lot of business savvy in the field of digital books.  It is second only to Amazon in this arena, and it is estimated to own 35 percent of the market, selling an estimated 1 million units in 2009. 

One advantage it has over its new Apple competitor is perhaps a less obtrusive name; since its announcement the iPad has been lampooned by many readers who say it sounds like a feminine hygiene product.  Describes Annie Colbert on the blog "Holy Kaw!", "With "iTampon" quickly emerging as a trending Twitter topic, it's probably safe to say that many women found themselves cringing as they asked, 'Do any women work at Apple?'"

Ironically, the new Apple wonder-product shares its name with a fictional device devised in a MadTV skit -- an Apple feminine hygiene device called the iPad.  Writes "Dontstealmypen" a particularly prolific Twitter, "Will women send their husbands to the Apple store to buy iPads?" and "The iPad—Another embarrassing topic I get to discuss with my kids."

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IPad = large IPod touch
By bjolm on 1/29/2010 11:24:48 AM , Rating: 0
If Apple were to simply include 3G access (for internet) on the iPad, to create true mobile connectivity, along with video chat apps (and GotoMeeting functionality, etc.), then I know a huge number of people who would buy it. Otherwise, why buy an oversized iPod that cannot connect to the internet without finding a wifi spot? May as well carry a laptop, which has the same limitation but more software functionality.

Perhaps Apple is planning on introducing 3G on the iPad, and will "phase it in" at a later date, as they often do. My lone complaint about Apple is their adherence to the tech paradigm of adding advanced hardware capabilities (whether or not they exist) incrementally, to force folks to buy a new unit a year later to "keep up." Please just put in the good technology at the onset, and charge more for that model!

For now, I'll keep using my iPhone and my Kindle (both of which have 3G....)

RE: IPad = large IPod touch
By RjBass on 1/29/2010 11:32:46 AM , Rating: 2
Ummmm, the iPad comes in 3g models as well. It's been the plan since the beginning.

RE: IPad = large IPod touch
By Bateluer on 1/29/2010 11:56:57 AM , Rating: 4
3G models start at 630 dollars. Laptop would be the better buy in that price range.

By wetwareinterface on 1/30/2010 6:57:21 AM , Rating: 2
If Apple were to simply include 3G access (for internet) on the iPad, to create true mobile connectivity, along with video chat apps (and GotoMeeting functionality, etc.), then I know a huge number of people who would buy it.

they, as previously stated, already have a 3g model.

and what "huge number" of people will buy a product for video chatting... wait for it...wait for it...

with no video camera in the device to do such?

RE: IPad = large IPod touch
By Chocobollz on 2/1/2010 10:39:07 AM , Rating: 2
You seems very proud of getting a 3G with your overpriced hardware, how about a 3.5G EVDO cellphone for US$ 150 sounds? You feel getting ripped off? You betcha :P The K-Touch E329 feature a touchscreen, dual-on GSM & EVDO Rev. A, 2 MP cam, etc.

Or if that's not enough, how about a WinMo smartphones with 3.5G, 2.5" TFT touchscreen, WiFi, QWERTY keyboards, and 3.2 MP cam, all for US$ 270? A ZTE N75 could give you that.

Apple is certainly not the best bang for the buck ;-)

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