CR Digital Archive

February 2019

Cover Story

Get Smarter About Your Smartphone
Unlock the full power of your phone to simplify everyday tasks, protect your privacy, help you be healthier, and more

21 Hidden Smartphone Superpowers
Your iPhone or Android phone can help you count steps, schedule texts, ID photos faster, and more. Here's how.

Special Report

The Science of Sound: How the Products You Use Every Day Are Engineered for Your Ears
The story of how product designers obsess over noise, and how CR's obsessive experts test for it

How to Protect Your Hearing When Using Outdoor Power Equipment
Snow blowers and other machines can be loud enough to cause hearing loss
Sound-Silencing Tips for a Quieter Home
How to create an environment of peace and quiet
I Invented a Beep
CR asked David Davenport, design direction lead at Breville, how he designs the sounds heard from countertop appliances

Special Section

Can You Trust Your Car Repair Shop?
Our survey of more than 40,000 car owners shows how to save money and reveals the best service centers
Should You Get an Extended Warranty for Your Car?
Some car buyers want extra protection, but these plans aren’t for everyone

How to Find a Quality Car Repair Shop
Tips to guide you to the best local mechanics and how to judge the repair estimate
Should You Buy a Prepaid Maintenance Plan for Your Car?
Key tips to consider before buying a plan for your new or used car


Is It Time to Rethink the Rules of Tipping?
How much to give as a tip, to whom, and how often can be confusing—and controversial. What's a consumer to do?

How Much of a Tip Should You Leave?
For the mathematically challenged, these strategies can help

Lab Tests

Choose the Right Nuts for Your Health
Knowing the nutritional benefits will help you snack smarter


Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
From Our President: Smartphone Sticker Shock?
Consumer Reports' experts help you find—and use—the best smartphones without breaking the bank
Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, fairer, healthier marketplace

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