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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 6:16:24 PM , Rating: -1
I would respectively disagree with the charge that Apple is no longer innovative. Lets keep it simple by focusing solely on the iPad. Apple's iPad screen is a backlit LED with IPS and many thousand touch sensitive elements. It was no easy feat to create this. The iPad is also only 1.5 lbs and 0.5 inches thick. That's also quite a feat for a device with a 10" display. Apple's prowess with battery and power management technologies have allowed them to offer 10 hours of video playback at 1024x768. The iPad features Apple's home-brewed A4 system-on-a-chip processor, which is largely responsible for the capabilities that Apple is offering with the iPad (including high res gaming & SD and HD video, iWork application suite, etc). Looking beyond hardware, there is also innovation in their software; although this is more subjective and debatable. I personally believe the simplicity and capabilities Apple brings to bear with multi-touch is innovation as well. It's also pretty neat that they developed a custom iWork suite to bring more capabilities to the iPad.

I have to agree with Steve Jobs that a netbook excels at only one thing... being cheap. It's a painful computing experience.

Having said all of this... I am not planning to buy one. I don't need a product that fits between my 15" MacBook Pro and my iPod Touch (or my wife's iPhone).

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.

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