Phone technology is evolving quicker than any of us could have imagined.

Phone manufacturers are constantly adding features and capabilities, and models that are even a year old are often outdated. 2011 has already seen some tremendous new capabilities added to phones, and if you want to keep up with the latest technology, here are some things you should look for:

1. A better browser

Support for both HTML 5 and Flash means you can see the Internet the way it was meant to be viewed.

Not all websites have mobile versions, so a mobile browser that can render and support full websites on a small screen is needed. To do that, the browser needs features such as pinch-to-zoom (which allows you to zoom in on text and images) and fast word lookups (so you can quickly Google highlighted words). And it should also support Flash, which is used on a lot of sites.

2. HD video recording

Many phones can capture video in 720p these days, with 1080p on the cards. Some phones, such as the LG Optimus 3D can even capture video in 3D.

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3. Five megapixel camera

Sony Ericsson's Xperia Neo handset takes advantage of similar technology to what's found inside Sony Cybershot cameras, namely the Exmor sensor technology.

You want to be able to take good photos with your phone, and having at least five megapixels complemented by an LED flash and image stabilisation will help you do that. Image stabilisation is especially useful, since phone pictures are so often taken one handed. Geotagging attaches a GPS reading to the image information, which lets you know exactly where the photo was taken.

4. Live widgets

HTC Sense widgets animate the weather forecast on your screen.

Live widgets are apps that are embedded in your phone’s home screen, giving you a quick glimpse of the weather, your latest emails and tweets, as well as what’s hot on YouTube. They also allow you to customise the way your phone looks and works.

5. Social networking and news integration

As one of HTC's "Facebook phones", the ChaCha is practically designed for Facebook, going so far as to include a dedicated Facebook button on the bottom of the handset.