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Consumer Reports magazine | January

Published: January 2012
January 2012

Cover story

Best phones & service The top carriers and hottest phones, plus cost-saving strategies
Buying a smartphone
Which phone & plan for you? Combinations to suit a range of needs

Special Section

Arsenic in your juice How much is too much? Federal limits don’t exist.

Features

Hack-proof your passwords Criminals are getting smarter. So should you.

Lab Tests

All about lightbulbs
Dishwashers Our picks include premium features for less
Monitors that pop

Cars

Avoid backups with better traffic info
Review of midsized luxury sedans Fuel economy goes upscale
Would you buy it again? Owners of sporty cars and gas sippers are the most satisfied

Departments

Ask our experts
From our president
Selling It A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas
Viewpoint A monthly perspective on the latest challenges facing consumers
Your letters

The January 2012 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.

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