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This year's 15 most anticipated mobile technologies

From smartphones to mobile operating systems

We've rounded up the 15 most highly anticipated mobile technologies set to appear later this year.

HTC Legend

The successor to the popular HTC Hero, the Legend is a solidly designed phone.

Shaped from a single block of aluminium, the Legend has a seamless, smooth surface with separate front and back pieces. It has a gorgeous 3.2in AMOLED display, which is an upgrade from the Hero's 3.2in LCD screen.

The display nicely showcases the new HTC Sense, which runs over Android 2.1 (Eclair). Like the Hero, the Legend has a 5Mp camera; it took pretty decent photos at the show.

As RIM did with its most recent BlackBerry models, HTC made the switch from a physical trackball to an optical trackpad.

This is a welcome update, since trackballs tend to get dirty or fall out. I found the trackpad nicely responsive, letting me scroll quickly through the Legend's menus.


A smaller version of the gorgeous Windows Phone-based HTC HD2, the HD Mini sports a 3.2in capacitive touchscreen (as opposed to the HD2's monolithic 4.2in display).

Though perhaps not as striking as its older brother, the HD Mini nevertheless offers a display that is equally bright and crisp. In design, the HD Mini has sort of an industrial look with exposed fasteners.

And for whatever reason, HTC has given the HD Mini a bright yellow internal structure and battery.

Like the Palm Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus, the HD Mini can turn into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for your computer or other wireless devices.

HTC didn't give further details on how this capability would work in terms of data plans or pricing. The HD Mini will be available in March.

NEXT PAGE: Garmin Nuvifone A50 and HP Compaq AirLife 100

  1. From smartphones to mobile operating systems, we can't wait for these products to appear in 2010
  2. HTC Legend and HTC HD Mini
  3. Garmin Nuvifone A50 and HP Compaq AirLife 100
  4. The MeeGo OS and the Motorola Quench
  5. Opera Mini on the iPhone and Samsung Bada
  6. Samsung Wave and the Xperia X10 Mini Pro
  7. Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro and Docomo's eye-controlled earphones
  8. HTC Desire

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