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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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RE: The iPad will change human society.
By BioRebel on 1/29/2010 11:25:51 AM , Rating: 2
XD What?
How can limiting consumer choice and forcing developers to write only what apple approves help innovation?


RE: The iPad will change human society.
By reader1 on 1/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: The iPad will change human society.
By drzoo2 on 1/29/2010 12:57:16 PM , Rating: 3
Are you completely mad? When I bought my last smart phone I wouldn't even consider the iPhone. Not because it isn't arguably the best piece of harware/engineering, but because it is by far the most closed piece of shit I have ever seen.

Btw, I would like to know your definition of piracy? Just by the fact an Iphone has been jail broke does this qualify as an act piracy? Just because Apple no longer gets a cut of the software loaded on the phone? There are tons of free apps and non infringing uses for a jail broken iPhone. None of which have anything to due with stolen code.

Keep your overlords to your self. I choose freedom, even if that means the ocassional hiccup along the way.

I'm in no way a Microsoft fan but Apple is pure evil.


RE: The iPad will change human society.
By tjr508 on 1/29/2010 2:57:44 PM , Rating: 1
The closed platform had a lot to due with me buying an iPhone. I like the fact that it does almost everything that I want it to do while the closed platform makes it worry-free. I can't afford the occasional hiccup along the way since I'm on call most of the time and a missed call could mean tens of thousands of dollars lost for my employer.


By themaster08 on 1/29/2010 3:12:21 PM , Rating: 4
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I can't afford the occasional hiccup along the way since I'm on call most of the time and a missed call could mean tens of thousands of dollars lost for my employer.

Well in that case, picking an iPhone has probably already lost your employer tens of millions of dollars.


By piroroadkill on 2/1/2010 7:37:33 AM , Rating: 2
I can't imagine a phone I'd rather choose less if I wanted a basic, reliable phone that was good at making and receiving phone calls, and had good battery life and signal quality.

This describes something the iPhone simply is not, regardless of whether you like the iPhone


By piroroadkill on 2/1/2010 7:37:47 AM , Rating: 2
I can't imagine a phone I'd rather choose less if I wanted a basic, reliable phone that was good at making and receiving phone calls, and had good battery life and signal quality.

This describes something the iPhone simply is not, regardless of whether you like the iPhone


By damianrobertjones on 1/29/2010 1:54:34 PM , Rating: 2
Touchscreens for pcs have been around for awhile now. Tosh M750 anyone?


By themaster08 on 1/29/2010 2:13:46 PM , Rating: 2
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Engadget got over 10 times as many comments for the iPad launch as it did for the Windows 7 launch.

Yeah, of which probably 99% commented to make fun of the name of this mockery "revolutionary" device.

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There haven't been any big advancements, like motion sensing or touchscreens, on the PC.

I take it you've never heard of mice like the Logitech MX Air?
Touchscreens have been available for PC's for years, of which Apple's idea for the iPad derives specifically from Tablet PC's. Umm.....what about 3D gaming? That's one of the latest advancements to come from PC's. Neural Impulse Actuators?

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Restricting computers will benefit

No one.

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App consoles are the future.

You're absolutely delusional.


RE: The iPad will change human society.
By themaster08 on 1/29/2010 3:28:53 PM , Rating: 3
Closed platform computing is what encourages piracy.

People will be more encouraged to jailbreak/hack a device that is locked down, than they would be with an open platform. People aren't robots. Many like to rebel against the norm.

Just as others will be encouraged to write/pirate apps for those jailbroken/hacked devices.

When Apps are denied, developers aren't going to go down without a fight after spending their time, money and efforts making quality Apps. There have been many quality Apps that have been denied in the App store, yet crap manages to get accepted. That's discouraging for developers.

Consumers won't stand for this either. They will rebel and find their own ways of getting those Apps on their devices.

The iPhone is absolute proof of this.

Closed platform computing would be an absolute failure on a mass scale.


RE: The iPad will change human society.
By drzoo2 on 1/29/2010 7:40:56 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure why you were modded down because you are mostly spot on. My hacked original Xbox running XBMC which is more versatile than any PS3 or 360 will every be agrees with you. Until they finally get hacked too.

Look at Google voive on the Iphone. They managed to shirt the system by going mobile with HTML5. I'm sure Apples next move will be to block all traffic from Safari to Google.com. It's for your own good!


By themaster08 on 1/30/2010 2:17:52 AM , Rating: 2
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Not sure why you were modded down because you are mostly spot on.

The misfortune of replying to a troll I'm afraid.


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