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Phone News: HTC's mixed fortunes


George Alagiyah stormed off again because we didn't provide him with the right coloured M&Ms, but thankfully CNET UK's Richard Trenholm has stepped into the breach to present this week's Phone News -- the show that's almost literally all about phones. Because there's a bit about tablets. But we're not about to rename it.

First up is the latest instalment in the Samsung Galaxy S3 saga. The hot news is that the follow-up to the massively popular S2 will feature a home button. Oi, take that underwhelmed look off your face because it's actually a crucial design decision, and something you'll use every time you pick it up. As we know from reviewing hundreds of phones, it's the smallest details that can make or break it.

Another Asian phone giant, HTC, had a mixed week. We loved its latest handset, the HTC One S, which picked up four-and-a-half stars from our smitten reviewer, Natasha. Alas, the bitter yin to this sweet morsel of yang is that the beefier One X is suffering problems with flexing on the left-hand side of the device. If you've spotted this with your own handset, vent spleen in the comments or on our Facebook page. And in the meantime, eyeball HTC's design chief Daniel Hundt, in our exclusive face-to-face chat.

Next on Phone News(round) is the aforementioned deviation from phones, as we bring you a tale of a tablet set for schools. The Intel Studybook is a 7-inch slab that's set to wean the next generation of tech-hungry kids onto gadgetry. Claims are that this waterproof Windows 7 device is robust enough to be dropped -- which sounds like a gauntlet being thrown down to unruly brats.

And finally... you are almost certainly paying more for your phone than you need to -- on average £194 per year per person, judging by a new report. Quel your fury and soothe yourself by calmly watching the video above. And then rage against the machine once more, or more specifically the Internet, by bursting your blood vessels all over the comments section below and our Facebook page.