The new tablet computer, just introduced to the world at a Research in Motion (that's the BlackBerry company) developer conference in San Francisco, has gotten cheers from some and jeers from others. Apple iPads are in the latter group.
Could it be just jealousy and the protection of their own turf?
A group of recalcitrant iPads called a press conference by the bay yesterday to mock their latest rivals. First, the angry iPads called them copycats. Then they made fun of their name. Ida iPad, the head of the group, was quoted as saying: "Everyone speculated it would be BlackPad or maybe SurfBook. But no. Instead it's PlayBook. It's a silly name that makes no sense, especially since this thing is being sold as the first PROFESSIONAL tablet. What a joke."
She continued on with various other complaints about the new tablet, until her significant other, IkeiPad, persuaded her to end her rant. He then gently escorted her back to her place of honor on an iPad shelf.
A PlayBook who had sneaked into the press conference laughed off the criticisms. PlayBooks are here to stay, she said, and she had two suggestions for the angry iPads: "First, chill out. Second, sign up for some anger management classes."