"The tablet pc will soon be just known as iPad, much in the way a vacuum cleaner is better known as a Hoover"
Ok, I said it, it was me, and no, I'm not a particularly great person.
Attempted jokes aside, I was just wondering if the tablet pc is actually becoming known as an iPad, whether or not it's the Apple product?I don't mean by techies who know what they're talking about what it comes to computing devices, but Joe Public, the people that buy the things before their mate has one, or they've seen it on TV and it's the latest must have gadget.
I know many people who say they want and iPad. They don't say they're looking for a tablet pc. So, is the tablet pc synonymous with the iPad? Does it really matter if people go around using the term iPad as a generic one for the tablet pc? I think so. Undoubtedly there will eventually be a backlash on the iPad, and Android tablets will have their day, much like they have in the mobile phone market, that's if manufacturer's stick with Android. If the Apple snowball keeps increasing in size it may will crush the Android market.
But surely there will always be demand for tablet pcs cheaper than £400? I think so, but the worrying thing is that we might have a situation where we only have the iPad and cheap Android tablets. I don't think this is at all satisfactory.
I have grandsons and if they ever see a tablet pc they say something like;
"Can I have a go on your Pad?"
"It's not an iPad it's an Samsung Android tablet".
I see it happening already, I really don't want to turn into a bore and correct people; "No, it's not an iPad, it's a Android 4.0 based tablet pc made by Samsung". Can you imagine someone correcting you every you say "Hoover". "No, actually it's an Electrolux D17 with anti clog filters".
Who cares it's just a bloody vacuum cleaner
Who cares it's just a bloody tablet pc. "No actually it's an iPad 2 64gig of storage - I'll get my coat...."