Originally Posted by redbarchetta
That's a very short-sided thing to say. I agree iPad likely won't become generic, but it won't be long before non-"trash" tablets come out.
It WILL be long (but yes, it could happen) because a tablet is only as good as what you can do with it. Bullet points make good brochures for nerds, but APPS make a good tablet for users. Truly GREAT apps, and a truly large selection of them. No other platform comes close to having that, and if developers do eventually change that, it will take a long time.
It will also be long because Android is the closest to competition, and Android devices don’t get timely OS updates. That makes the devices worse for users, and also feeds the low-quality-apps problem.
Originally Posted by dasanman69
It wasnt just the iHaters that criticized the name.
True. It was everyone who forgot all the ways that “pad” was already a ubiquitous tech term. People who forgot that they constantly use terms like...
- Mouse pad
- Game pad
- Control pad
- Wrist pad
- And on Star Trek, plain old PADDs...
None of which sounded anything like a feminine product, nor to the zillion other non-tech pads (table pads, mattress pads, chair pads, football pads, etc.) Not until Apple used the term and some 9-year old snickered, and some people jumped to repeat the naughty joke, lacking other reasons to criticize the device