Originally Posted by Bageljoey
you are confusing before and after. I am not a gamer and was only vaguely aware of the plans of the major console makers before the latest models came out (2-3 years ago?). But I do remember the snickering and the head scratching when the name of the Wii was announced. It was universally panned as I recall (again, not as a particularly interested party). No only were the graphics underpowered, but it sounded like pee!!!!1.
As in URINATE!!
I chuckled. I scratched my head. And, yes, I bought one a year later...
If the iPad is a hit, no one will care about this ubiquitos association you see now...
It's not the ubiquitous association that "I" see now. It's what others are seeing.
The name isn't going to stop me from buying one. It won't stop a lot of people from buying one. On the other hand, it will stop a lot of people from buying one, as our initial research has shown.
You are probably right that if it's a hit, no one will care. However, it won't become a genericized trademarked name like iPod, Aspirin, Kleenex, Zipper, E-mail, Band-Aid, Coke etc...
Teenage boys are not going to be saying "hey Mike, can i play with your pad".
So for Apple's most creative and best piece of hardware ever!!!! -according to them - it's a pretty weak brand strategy. People will just call it the Apple Tablet like they do now, because nobody is comfortable saying iPad... not even the people at Apple... lol