Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 09:13 GMT, Monday, 5 January 2009
Hottest gadgets for 2009 revealed

By Dan Whitworth
Newsbeat technology reporter

Apple's iPhone

After a year which saw the Wii Fit and Apple's iPod Touch go huge, what can tech fans expect in 2009? From next generation HDTV to big news in the world of mobile phones and video games galore. Technology reporter Dan Whitworth has a look at some of the things expected to make it big.

MOBILE PHONES

Two of the phones that are likely to do well on the High Street next year are T-Mobile's G1, or Google phone (already out), and Nokia's rival to the iPhone the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic (released late Jan/early Feb).

T-Mobile's G1 mobile phone
T-Mobile's G1 mobile phone, or Google phone, is out now
Reviews for the Google phone have been mixed, with its style coming in for much of the criticism along with its weight - 158 grams.

Phrases like 'every day charging' and 'no flash video' will also alarm some tech fans.

But it does deliver when it comes to user interface with easy to use touch screen technology. There's a slide up screen to reveal a keyboard almost as big as the phone itself.

Being Google you'd expect its web browser to be as good as it is and, at the moment, all the applications for it from Android Marketplace are free compared to ones you have to pay for from Apple.

The marketplace works by helping developers get their applications in the hands of users by acting as an open distribution system.

As for the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic? With its sleek design and weighing in at almost a third less than the Google phone (109 grams) it's going to be a strong rival to the iPhone, even if Nokia doesn't want the comparison.

And makers say this is the phone that Nokia's Comes With Music service was born to be used on.

One touch of a button on the phone's home screen and you're browsing millions of tracks. Its 8 GB of memory means it'll be able to hold about 6,000 of them.

'BETTER THAN HDTV'

No sooner have tech fans embraced high-definition, flat-screen TVs that the next generation is already knocking at the door.

Sony's OLED TV
OLED TV is an energy saving, ultra-thin, super high-def TV
OLED TV is an energy saving, ultra-thin, super high-def TV with screens just millimetres thick that provide crisper and brighter images.

It uses organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) to produce images so actually uses less energy than LCD TVs as they don't need a backlight to boost brightness.

Of course the quality you get out depends on what you put in - HD channels and Blu-ray DVDs are best but you'll notice a difference whatever source it uses.

One example is Sony's XEL-1.

At just 11 inches you don't get a lot for your 1,500-2,000, but there are plans for a larger version next year.

VIDEO GAMES

Available on the Xbox and PS3, Resident Evil 5 is due for release in March, four years after the last instalment.

Chris Redfield, from the original Resident Evil, returns with an arsenal of knives, pistols, machine guns and sniper rifles to keep the evil at bay.

For those interested in something a bit more old school Street Fighter IV is scheduled for release on 20 February.

Available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC Capcom supremo Yoshi Ono expects it to be more straightforward and have a broader appeal that Street Fighter III.

He told gamestracker.com: "SF III kind of went back to the roots and got hard again. IV is easy.

"Maybe if there's an SFV we'll go back the other direction and be more hardcore again.

"It's kind of early to say. Looking at the pattern right now, that would make sense."

Twenty years after the last film Ghostbusters should be hitting the shops in June on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PC, Wii and Nintendo DS.

The real Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray reunite to voice up their characters Spengler, Stantz, Zeddmore and Venkman.

The challenge is join the gang and rescue New York from its latest battle against ghosts and supernatural baddies.

SEE ALSO
What are the big albums of 2009?
Friday, 2 January 2009, 10:54 GMT |  Music
How will politicians help shape 2009?
Saturday, 3 January 2009, 09:18 GMT |  The P Word
Mighty Boosh's 2008 review: Part three
Monday, 22 December 2008, 12:05 GMT |  Entertainment
Rock bands turn to Guitar Hero
Tuesday, 16 December 2008, 11:10 GMT |  Music
Used MP3 site prepares to launch
Thursday, 11 December 2008, 12:18 GMT |  Technology
City gets 'crime-detecting' CCTV
Wednesday, 10 December 2008, 12:20 GMT |  Technology

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific