JR Raphael

JR Raphael is a writer as well as a mammal. His stories are syndicated in dozens of publications and frequently clicked on by cats pawing haphazardly at their owners’ phones.

With a reputation as both "a leading voice in the mobile space" and "a guy who makes up quotes about his reputation," JR spends much of his time these days covering Android and other parts of the Google universe. He launched the Android Power blog in 2010 to serve as an unfiltered home for his various mobile musings. The blog has since grown to include a diverse mix of analysis, hands-on impressions, and consumer advice (which, in the spirit of full disclosure, is alarmingly high in unsaturated fat).

Android Power aside, JR is a contributing editor at Computerworld, where he reviews phones, tablets, and other devices; a regular contributor to InfoWorld, where he writes long-form feature stories; and a contributor to several other publications. The Washington Post, NBCNews.com, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek are just a few of the places where his byline has appeared.

JR is a frequent guest on the TWiT Network’s All About Android show as well as Mobile Nations’ Android Central Podcast. He has appeared on ABC World News and been cited in such places as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and USA Today. He was even quoted in Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Steve Jobs (yes, really!).

Despite his refusal to comb his hair, JR’s work has been honored with numerous awards, including two Emmys, three Murrows, and a smattering of top distinctions from the Associated Press. He has also been honored by the American Moustache Institute, though he’s been advised to keep that one quiet.

In his spare time, JR enjoys blinking, drawing polka dots, and imagining a world with no hypothetical situations.

Keep up with JR:

Hands on: Getting to know the HTC One M9

Hands on: Getting to know the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

Hands on: Getting to know the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are the most talked about new smartphones of the season -- and they're officially here in my hands. Ready to check 'em out?

How smartphone reviews really work

How smartphone reviews really work

The inside scoop on what happens behind the scenes of a smartphone review, from someone who's written more than a few of 'em.

6 important things you might not know about Chrome OS upgrades

6 important things you might not know about Chrome OS upgrades

Google's Chrome OS isn't like other operating systems -- and the way it handles upgrades is no exception.

Acer Chromebook 15 review: A large laptop with ample appeal

Acer Chromebook 15 review: A large laptop with ample appeal

Who says all Chromebooks should be compact? Acer's new Chromebook 15 packs a splendid screen and solid performance into a plus-sized package with lots to like.

Chromebook Pixel (2015) review: A cloud dweller's dream machine

Chromebook Pixel (2015) review: A cloud dweller's dream machine

Google's new Chromebook Pixel dances with perfection -- but at $999, is this luxury laptop right for you? An in-depth real-world analysis.

Hands on: Meet Google's new Chromebook Pixel

Hands on: Meet Google's new Chromebook Pixel

Google's follow-up to the high-end Chromebook Pixel is real -- and it's spectacular. Here's a first look at the new luxury laptop.

2 terrific tools to enhance your Android Wear experience

2 terrific tools to enhance your Android Wear experience

If you've got an Android Wear watch on your wrist, you'll want to check out these two outstanding apps.

Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out

Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out

Chromebooks aren't like regular computers -- so are they right for your needs? These three questions will help you find the answer.

The smartphone stars of MWC 2015

The smartphone stars of MWC 2015

From a shiny new Samsung Galaxy to a smartphone that scans your eyes, this year's Mobile World Congress delivered quite a diverse lineup.

Android! Android! Android! 7 important things to know from MWC 2015

Android! Android! Android! 7 important things to know from MWC 2015

So much news, so little time. Here's a simple breakdown of everything you need to know from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The new dark horse of the mobile tech world

The new dark horse of the mobile tech world

From tablets to laptops, an unexpected contender is emerging as a maker of sleek and desirable devices. What if it were to tackle smartphones next?

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