Monday, January 2, 2012


Tags: Technology|Samsung Galaxy Nexus|Hardcore Early Adopters| Fibre Optics
The world of technology is undoubtedly a market in which early adoption helps to push things forward. But you are not an early adopter if you just happen to have queued up to buy the iPhone 4S on its launch day. There are some other new devices and services which will definitely define you as one of the hardcore early adopters.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus
If you want to see the cutting edge of the mobile market, then it is best to look to Google and Samsung, not Apple. The Galaxy Nexus is the latest smart phone to emerge from this fruitful partnership and it has a number of technological features which would appeal to early adopters.

The first feature of the Galaxy Nexus that makes it a handset for the hardcore buyer only is its display. Measuring 4.65 inches across the diagonal, it is well over an inch larger than the screen on any of Apple's smart phones. It also uses a Super AMOLED display which does not rely on a separate backlight, so colours and contrast ratios are unbeatable. To top it all off, the screen has a high-definition resolution of 1280x720, which ensures greater clarity and crispness than its rivals. The screen does mean that the Galaxy Nexus is a little larger than many people will be comfortable with, but that is arguably the price you pay for early adoption.

Cloud computing is a phrase that is thrown about quite regularly by early adopters at the moment and OnLive is an offshoot of this phenomenon. It is a cloud gaming service which lets users play the latest titles on their PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone without ever having to download or install them. This is because the processing and storage of the games and your saved data is all done at server farms dotted around the country. Your controller inputs are beamed to the servers and then the video feed is beamed back to you over your broadband connection, letting you manipulate the action with minimal lag or interference. All you need is at least a 2Mbps connection and you are ready to go.

While OnLive is accessible on any web-ready device, it also has its own miniature console and wireless controller. This can be hooked up to your HDTV via HDMI cable and you can then stream games from the cloud. The real benefit is that you will never have to upgrade your PC or buy a new console once the next generation of hardware is released, because all that hard work will go on at the server side, leaving you to enjoy games without any of the hassle. You can subscribe to a monthly package and gain access to hundreds of games in an instant, or you can buy a PlayPass to enjoy unlimited access to individual titles as you go. It marks the true arrival of gaming on demand.

Fibre-Optic Broadband
Fibre-optic broadband has been available for some years and is the service of choice for the broadband expert. As the speeds of the more widely available ADSL connections become hampered by the limits copper wiring, the benefits of making the leap are becoming more obvious. No early adopter worth his or her salt would want to have a home that was connected to the internet by anything less than the very latest fibre-optic technology, particularly as speeds of 50Mbps and even 100Mbps are becoming the norm in some areas. With a future that could extend speeds to 1Gbps and beyond, fibre optic is the way to go.

Fibre-optic broadband is arguably the technology which will allow you to make the most out of all the other gadgets and services which you have adopted before the wider population. With so much content available online and with each new device likely to arrive with some form of web connectivity requirement, a broadband expert would recommend getting the fastest possible connection at the best price.

Early adopters find it is easy to expand their technological horizons with the right gadgets, as long as they have the time and money to invest in them and the knowhow to use each to the full extent of its potential.

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