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What’s new in Which? magazine: July 2021

In the latest Which? magazine, we reveal the sunscreens you can rely, on after our testing uncovers two Don’t Buys from big-name brands

What’s new in Which? magazine: July 2021

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Which? magazine: July 2021

In this month’s Which? magazine, Matt Stevens shares the results of our latest sunscreen tests, highlighting those that you and your family can depend upon this summer – and the ones to avoid.

To help get you ready for summer, we’ve tested 15 sun creams, lotions and sprays. We also went hands-on with four widely available SPF50+ sunscreens for children. Shockingly, one of the children’s sunscreens we tested failed to live up to its SPF protection claims.

Also in this month’s magazine, Felix Wilson sifts through a sea of budget gadgets to bring you some of the very best tech bargains. Our list of affordable products includes a £400 smartphone boasting superb battery life, along with a cheap waterproof speaker that blew away our experts in the Which? test lab.

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Also in this month’s magazine:

  • Behind the scam text epidemic Lauren Merryweather investigates the resurgence of text message fraud, who’s behind it and how to spot it.
  • Holidays: your questions answered Whether you’re dreaming of a serene Scottish island or a sunny beach on the Med, Trevor Baker guides you through what you need to know before you book.
  • Thieves want your car’s hidden riches The value of rare metals in catalytic converters mean theft rose by 104% in 2020, according to Which? research. Daljinder Nagra explains how you can protect your car.
  • The hidden costs of food delivery apps Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats have transformed takeaways and food delivery. Shefalee Loth uncovers the costs of their convenience.
  • Eco warriors: the best fridges for the environment Patrick Gallagher reveals the Eco Buy fridge-freezers and fridges that have the smallest environmental impact while still doing their job well.
  • The best cheap AirPods rivals If you can’t stomach paying more than £100 for a pair of wireless earbuds, Oliver Trebilcock reveals the superstar bargains that aced our tests.

From the editor

For conversations with family and friends, messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are now ubiquitous – and it’s easy to see why. Group-chat functionality, no limits on length and the ability to share picture and video messages for free. In comparison, built-in SMS text messaging on our phones seems clunky and outdated.

If your SMS app is anything like mine, it’s now almost exclusively home to automated messages from companies and other organisations – the NHS, my bank, my optician and various delivery firms. And here lies a problem. The conventions of these texts – the name of the organisation as the sender, a brief instruction or piece of information and a link to a website – offer scammers an opportunity they’ve been mercilessly exploiting during the pandemic. Scam texts impersonating delivery firms have been prevalent, with more than 60% of those we surveyed having received one.

We think businesses who use texts should be clearer about the messages you’ll receive so you can spot suspicious ones more easily. And mobile network providers must do more to filter out dodgy texts, just as email platforms had to get serious about spam. Read our investigation and find out how to spot the subtle red flags of scam texts.

Harry Rose, Editor, Which? magazine

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