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Consumer Reports Magazine

January 2013
January 2013

Cover Story

Choosing the Right Phone and Plan for You
Whether you're buying for a family or shopping for yourself, we can guide you to the right ones
Smart ways to save on smart phones


Do you need an accident-protection plan for your tablet?
Eighteen percent of tablet owners we surveyed bought a service contract or extended warranty
25 great holiday gifts
Protecting Mom & Dad's money
What to do when you suspect financial abuse
Pork chops and ground pork contaminated with bacteria
We found antibiotic-resistant bacteria and traces of a veterinary drug


2013 Chevrolet Spark review
2013 Dodge Dart review
Sylvania Silvestar halogen headlight bulbs
Higher-priced lights shine more brightly but not farther
2013 Lexus ES 350 & ES 300h review
Lincoln MKS v.s Cadillac XTS review
Two big, opulent American sedans fall short of expectations

Up Front

Yogurt taste tests show Greek is good
Lost in translation: Many labels no sense make
There’s no law against confusing—or amusing—wording on many goods
Claim Check: Lint Lizard
Can a $10 "magic wand" make clothes dryer lint disappear?
Gotcha! Beware of ‘fast cash’
Payday loans can be pricey and unforgiving
Sparkling wines that shine don't have to cost a lot
Celebrate the holidays with one of our recommended sparklers
The cold facts about colds and flu
Many products sold on drug store shelves don't help. But some simple steps can.
Spread it on: Best jellies and jams
Some inexpensive brands tasted better than pricier ones
These Three Cleaners Will Remove Haze From Your Dishware
These film stars eliminate hard-water buildup

CR Health

5 things I learned from my patients
Listening to their stories has sometimes improved my health

CR Money

Don’t get taken guarding your ID
Do-it-yourself safeguards are just as effective as paid services


From our president: Naughty and nice
Biggest consumer complaints to the CPSC
Appliances accounted for 2,029 complaints in the database
This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union to improve the marketplace

Selling It
A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas

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