When the iPad was announced in April of 2010, the jokes didn’t stop.
Of all the great names to use — “Slate”, “Canvas” (via Daring Fireball), hell even plain “Tablet” is good — I find it amusing how many other “Pads” are on the market now:
MSI WindPad
Viewsonic ViewPad
HP TouchPad
LG Optimus Pad
Asus Padfone
The advice you usually get when launching a new product is to set it apart from the competition. This isn’t the case in the tablet market because none of the iPad competitors have a value-add or anything they do better than the iPad (OK, the TouchPad looks good, if it ever launches).
So instead of making themselves unique, even if it’s on the surface, they’ve all decided to blend in with their main competitor.