CoM readers were underwhelmed by the choice of iPad, 51% of the 1,380 readers who answered our poll on Jan. 27 gave the moniker a “meh” while just 17% said the name “rocks.”
How is it we bought IBM and Lenovo ThinkPads all these years without ever criticizing the name? How did we ever use mouse pads without giggling? TechCrunch fooled us for over a year with the CrunchPad and everyone was on board, nary a chuckle.
Point is, the iPad name is fine; the “pad” argument exists only because it’s Apple. Some people just want to have something to say, and others are looking for page hits. You certainly don’t have to like the name any more than some other product name, but the usual reason given for criticism is beyond ridiculous.