February 2015 Consumer Reports: Cell Phone Plans, Big Screen TVs and OTC Medication Labels

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mobile phone showing Transparent LanguageAccording to the Pew Research Center, as of January 2014, 90% of adult Americans have a cell phone. If you’re one of them, you may wonder if you’re paying too much for your cell phone service. Check out the cover article in this month’s Consumer Reports magazine on how to get the right cell phone, and plan, for your needs. Ratings for phone carriers and smart phones are included.

Was one of your New Years resolutions to get more exercise? Check out the rating for treadmills and ellipticals in this issue.

Most of us could use more time each day to get things done. Manufacturers realize this and are working to create devices that will work faster. This issue features many new items that may save you time, including induction ranges, coffeemakers, washers, dishwashers and various electronic devices.

Do you get confused when reading labels on over the counter drug products? This article explains what is usually meant by the terms “non-drowsy,” “PM,” “daytime and nighttime,”  “all day.” and “migraine.” 

More in this issue:

  • Ratings for luxury compact sedans
  • List of top- and bottom-scoring hospitals for safety and respect
  • Ratings for big-screen TVs

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2010 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 central library

Consumer Reports highlights published prior to January 2015 are available here.

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