Thursday, December 15, 2011

Best & Worst Cell Phones & Plans

Wondering what kind of smart phone to buy?  Which carrier has the best cell phone service?  Check out the January 2012 issue of Consumer Reports magazine for the latest ratings on both.  The January issue also rates these items:


  • Fish-oil pills
  • Paper towels
  • Dishwashers
  • Tablets
  • Midsized luxury sedans
There is also an article on the amounts of arsenic and lead found in popular apple and grape juice brands.

For those of you not familiar with Consumer Reports, it is a monthly magazine that publishes reviews and ratings for consumer products and services --  everything from automobiles to acne treatments to yogurt.  Every issue contains a one-year index, so the latest reviews are always easy to find.

Every year Consumer Reports publishes a Buying Guide that contains ratings for currently-popular items.  The 2012 Buying Guide has reviews for blue-ray DVD players, laptop computers, flooring, lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, and much more.

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2009 up to the current issue.  The Find It Virginia online databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009.  You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Library card number.

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