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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: If the iPad
By JBird7986 on 1/29/2010 12:30:43 PM , Rating: 5
What they didn't label on the box is that it's 10% more absorbent than Microsoft's competing product!

RE: If the iPad
By jonmcc33 on 1/29/2010 12:45:44 PM , Rating: 4
And 35% more cost as well. You can get a fully loaded MSI Wind with the new N450 Atom for $329. It has everything that the iPad doesn't.

RE: If the iPad
By Creig on 1/29/2010 2:27:14 PM , Rating: 5
From now on, please don't use the description "fully loaded" so close to the term "iPad".

Thank you.

RE: If the iPad
By reader1 on 1/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: If the iPad
By ClownPuncher on 1/29/2010 4:53:22 PM , Rating: 4
A tablet is something you have to hold in front of you, or bend over a desk to read, a netbook opens up and the screen is already facing you. Why is it that something that is less functional (iPad) is being marketed as something better?

RE: If the iPad
By therealnickdanger on 1/30/2010 11:21:36 AM , Rating: 5
No, an iPad-buyer is someone that Apple holds in front of it and bends over a desk. It also opens up your wallet and takes your money while facing you, convincing you how unique and special you are for undergoing the experience.

RE: If the iPad
By Akrovah on 1/29/2010 7:12:24 PM , Rating: 3
A) Tablets have been around longer than netbooks.

B) Why do you think ths current evolution of the tablet (which admitedly more are sure to follow if it sells well for Apple) will in any way replace a netbook? Netbooks have more functionality and are a more comfortable and naturaly useable form factor for any kind of acutal work. having your screen level with your typing surface is a terrible idea to try and use it like that for any extended period of time.

RE: If the iPad
By reader1 on 1/30/10, Rating: -1
RE: If the iPad
By QueBert on 1/30/10, Rating: -1
RE: If the iPad
By themaster08 on 1/30/2010 2:12:23 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah, like the Winds AWESOME touch screen with multi touch suppor.... wait never mind it doesn't have that shit.

Yeah, like the iPads AWESOME camera and multitasking suppor.... wait never mind it doesn't have that shit.

RE: If the iPad
By brshoemak on 1/29/2010 1:38:08 PM , Rating: 5
It will absorb your disposable income better also. Now that's a feature Steve Jobs can get behind.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
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