We're already a quarter of the way into 2009 and the gadgets are coming thick and fast despite the recession that is gripping many countries. This month it was time for new digital cameras with the PMA show in the US and a couple of follow-ups from Panasonic and Sony in their CES announcements from back in January. Mobile World Congress in Spain also proved a springboard for some new cell phones, among which were a couple of interesting prototypes from Samsung and LG. Both phones, which are detailed below, made use of solar panels to charge the battery. Green gadgets are definitely going to be a theme this year so watch out for similar prototypes and products as 2009 rolls on.
HTC Touch Diamond2: HTC's iPhone-attacking Touch Diamond is getting a refresh with a larger screen -- it's now a 3.2-incher -- and a 5-megapixel camera. That new screen offers two noticeable benefits right away. The touch function works much better than on the older model and HTC's 480x800 wide-screen VGA resolution, the same as on many laptop PCs, is stunning. An unusual feature on the camera, for cell-phones at least, is a mechanical auto-focus, which means you can snap pictures much faster. It's based on Windows Mobile 6.1 and comes with HTC's TouchFLO 3D user interface. The device will be available in Europe and Asia early in the second quarter of this year, with North America to be included later in 2009. Pricing has not been announced.