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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 aapocketz on 1/29/2010 1:44:12 PM , Rating: 2
As much as it makes me cringe, I kind of agree to an extent; I think it has enormous mass market appeal. The limitations of this device could be seen as benefits for many users who need a simple unintimidating interface and a closed ecosystem that many are comfortable in. Probably by the second generation or a price drop, and some software upgrade I could see this really catching on (not atypical for many Apple products).


The name iPad
people will get used to it (hey wii caught on). It also relates well to the iPod, a strong brand and a direct ancestor to this device. I can say "pad of paper" without giggling now.

no multitasking
heavy multitasking on a relatively small intimidates people, a full osx experience is just a bad match to this device. I imagine they will add ways to do simple multitasking like chat clients, music apps and so on in a seamless manner that work with other programs.

no USB ports
hardware ports are convenient and reliable, but hurt the aesthetics of the device, and can intimidate users. Wireless is the future, and most external interfaces will use bluetooth/wifi.

no HDMI port
this device is all about the touchscreen, connecting it to an external display is outside of the devices goals. If you were going to use it as a presentation tablet, you would want it wireless anyway.

No SD card reader
This would be nice, but again wireless - buy a eyefi card?

No Adobe flash
Adobe flash may be added to the device in a software update, though not having it isn't a deal breaker to many iphone buyers, so why would this be different?

No camera
They probably will add a front facing camera for the next gen version, or whenever they feel that 3G can support seamless video chat. Its just an obvious killer app.

Not E-Ink
Currently I view kindle and other e-ink devices as novels. This is more like a magazine, though it can obviously handle light ebook reading and is backlit for viewing in more environments. There is room in the marketplace for both types of devices.

Apple has marketed this device as a midpoint between the smartphone and a laptop, implying that someone would have all 3 devices. While that may be the case with some early adopters, I think they target audience is really the mass of people who have dumb phones/landlines and don't have a computer or their computer is way out of date and they just use it for web access and simple word processing. Thats a whole lot of people, and this device may be perfect for them, allowing them not to even need the laptop/desktop computer.

I personally dislike this device, and kinda wish it never existed, but I think it and similar devices will play a dominant role in the future.

By bigboxes on 1/29/2010 8:04:57 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe, but it will have to evolve to survive as there will be fierce competition. I really don't understand why you can't install other codecs besides H264 and use containers other than .m4v, .mp4 and .mov. I want to be able to use my hardware as I see fit. I hate closed platforms with no means to customize as I want. Apple does inovate on the form factor. Others will follow and perfect. I will pass until then.

By Alexstarfire on 2/1/2010 9:53:10 AM , Rating: 2
I've really got to say something about your SD card and USB port points. While wireless may be taking over does that mean that you should instantly drop support for what people already have. Apple does this a lot and for some reason it never seems to hurt them, which makes no sense. It's the same thing with Flash support. Many others have pointed out that HTML5 is going to take over. That's all fine if it does, but with Flash so widespread ATM what is the advantage, if any, of simply not having it at all? I say it's none. Simply having the option to use it would be nice, even if very few actually use it.

And multitasking? Are you kidding me? Multitasking intimidates people? Do these people live in a cave? Adding multitasking would change the UI very little, if any depending on how it's set up already. Hell, when I want to close an application on my phone it simply asks me if I want to close it or leave it running. Very simple. Seems like it's just going to be yet another feature that they'll tack on later and end up selling more iPads because of it. So damn stupid just like the original iPhone was. I can give it a decent interface, but that's all. I've barely used any smartphones so I can't really compare it to others at that time, but even my non-smartphone was far better than the original iPhone and apart from the App store now and the web (cause of screen size)... still is. Worst part is..... it's not even a new phone. In fact, it's been discontinued.

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