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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 ralniv on 1/30/2010 11:33:29 AM , Rating: 2
In Apple's defense, Steve Jobs praised the Kindle and said that Apple was standing on the Kindle's shoulders. In other words, Apple knows that they didn't invent or even popularize the e-book market. They just want to cash in on it. Portable music is another story... Apple did popularize that market with the ipod.

You also have to keep in mind that companies steel plenty from Apple as well. Amazon launched their own e-music store a few years back (as did many others) to try and cash in on the portable music market that Apple popularized. Microsoft (and others) created portable music/video devices to try and cash in on markets that Apple popularized. Windows 7 is a blatant homage to Mac OS X (or was "inspired" by OS X as stated by Microsoft Manager Simon Aldous) and Microsoft's touch/gesture tablets/tables are trying to cash in on Apple's multi-touch innovations.

You can bang Apple for "stealing" here, but plenty of companies stand on the shoulder of other company's innovations. If you don't see where Apple has innovated then you are blind with either jealously, ignorance or misinformation. Criticize their pricing model or their lack of state-of-the-art graphics cards or lack of customization, but innovation = Apple my friend.

RE: If the iPad
By quiksilvr on 1/30/2010 1:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
Apple USED to be innovative. They use to be the pioneers. But now, they are simply playing catch up.

1) They weren't the first to come out with LED backlit laptops and monitors.
2) They weren't the first (and still aren't) to come out with Blu ray computers.
3) They weren't the first to even announce a tablet. Although, in their defense, this is just a big ol' iPod Touch:

RE: If the iPad
By ralniv on 1/30/10, Rating: -1
RE: If the iPad
By quiksilvr on 1/30/2010 11:49:20 PM , Rating: 5
First off, they CLAIM its a ten hour battery life. That's going to be hard to believe, because IPS draws a lot more power than TFT. And, once again, they weren't the first to do it:

Plus, their A4 system is just a custom made Snapdragon processor and nothing more. It's still a 1GHz processor (imagine running full OSX on that).

And this software is nothing new either. Its just a slightly revamped iPhone interface. iWork was cool, I hope to see it trickle down to their other devices.

Netbooks are cheap but if people are willing to dish out $500 for this, I show up this:

Dual core processor, real graphics, decent RAM, decent HDD, n wireless and bluetooth, HDMI, memory card readers. It's the perfect netbook. It's battery life may not be all that impressive, but its surface area is roughly the size of a piece of paper. And it only weighs around 3 lbs.

The thing is, it is true that there are netbooks with a painful computer experience, but at least it HAS a computing experience. At least you can watch YouTube and work on a presentation at the same time. At least you can listen to music on the web and chat on facebook at the same time.

Jobs was in the perfect position to take aim at netbooks and demolish them. Instead, we get a big ol' iPod Touch. And what makes it worse? He did it on purpose, just like he did with the iPhone. When the iPhone came out, it didn't act remotely like a decent cellphone should. No picture or video messaging? No flash support (still)? No multitasking (still)? No video recording? No microSD slot (still)? No copy and paste? No video editing?

But using this strategy, he nabs a decent number of idiots to buy this thing, and come a year later, comes out with a better product, leaves the first adopters to wallow in their stupidity, and creates a storm in marketing. Businesses flourish on the stupidity of consumers.

RE: If the iPad
By porkpie on 1/31/10, Rating: -1
RE: If the iPad
By Alexstarfire on 2/1/2010 9:37:42 AM , Rating: 2
FYI, all the ones that don't say (still) next to it mean it's in the newest generation of the iPhone.

RE: If the iPad
By porkpie on 1/31/2010 10:32:48 AM , Rating: 1
"Apple USED to be innovative. They use to be the pioneers. But now, they are simply playing catch up."

They were the first to implement multitouch in portable devices. They were the first to integrate accelerometers. They popularized and innovated the online app store.

Putting a blu ray player in a computer, when Sony has already millions of BR PS3s on the market, doesn't exactly constitute leadership.

RE: If the iPad
By darkhawk1980 on 2/1/2010 7:37:29 AM , Rating: 2
They were the first to integrate accelerometers.

Wii comes to mind. How about the various wireless mice that had accelerometers in them since 2003? The mice didn't catch on, but nonetheless, they were mass marketed and widely available at even brick and mortar stores....

I'll give you the multitouch, but even the 'app' store is a stretch....How long as Steam been around? 7 years now?

RE: If the iPad
By Gio6518 on 1/30/2010 7:22:44 PM , Rating: 2
but innovation = Apple my friend.

napster revolutionized the MP3 craze, and the original encoder was done by LAME, thats when saw the demand and apple was trying to push i believe it was aac or something like that then realized that it couldnt get it pushed through and adopted MP3, the only real thing i see apple has innovated was the ipod i must admit that was a great invention...but pretty much everything else they steal and try to reinvent and sometimes do it very well at first(apple has a great PR dept the lies and manipulates peoples minds to believe in their self proclaimed greatness look at READER 1.........this new ipad is just stolen ideas which were first seen with the one laptop per child program

RE: If the iPad
By insurgent on 2/3/2010 8:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
Criticize their pricing model or their lack of state-of-the-art graphics cards or lack of customization, but innovation = Apple my friend.

Not innovation, far from it... when was the last time they did something truly new and unique ? Actually I think it's great marketing with a clear demographic: the hip/trendy and the posers with more money than sense

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