Thursday, January 16, 2014

January 2014 Consumer Reports: Best Phones

Are you planning to buy or replace a smart phone in the near future?  

The January 2014 issue of Consumer Reports has a smart phone shopping guide, with ratings on the smart phones offered by four providers--AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.  Also included are ratings on cell phone service in 20+ U.S. cities, and an article on how to get the right model for less.

The article "The doctor will email you now" explains the benefits of "patient portals"--secured websites that can give you access to some of your medical records, and allow you to do transactions such as making appointments, paying bills, or emailing your doctor.  Not all doctors or health care facilities offer portals at this time, but they are becoming more popular.
In the "Cars" section, check out the article on "Quick fixes for a flat."  Also, in the article "Would you buy your car again?", Consumer Reports uses responses from owners of 2011-2014 model cars to determine the best and worst models in various categories (compact cars, minivans, etc.).  

Doesn't chicken noodle soup taste good on a cold winter day?  Well, Consumer Reports tested ten popular brands, but did not give any of them an "excellent" rating.  So, the editors included their own
recipe for homemade chicken noodle soup!

As you probably know, the incandescent light bulbs we grew up using will no longer be manufactured after January 1, 2014.  They have been replaced by LED light bulbs.  This month's feature article on LEDs may help you decide which kind best fits your needs.

Other useful articles in this issue include:

  • Ratings for AA batteries
  • Ratings for stick and hand vacuums
  • Ratings for paper towels
  • Ratings for refrigerators

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 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 Public Library card.

Reference Staff @ Warrenton

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