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:

30 exceptional Material Design apps for Android

Hands on: What a $149 Chromebook is actually like to use

Hands on: What a $149 Chromebook is actually like to use

How good of a Chrome OS experience can $149 really get you? Time to find out.

HTC One M9 camera, take 2: Can a software update make things better?

HTC One M9 camera, take 2: Can a software update make things better?

HTC says a new software update should improve camera performance on its One M9 phone -- so how much difference does it really make? A hands-on comparison.

Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, and the search for smartphone perfection

Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, and the search for smartphone perfection

The real question isn't which phone is the best. It's which is the best for you.

HTC One M9 deep-dive review: Third time's (almost) the charm

HTC One M9 deep-dive review: Third time's (almost) the charm

HTC's latest luxurious smartphone isn't a radical upgrade, but it offers subtle refinements that bring it closer to perfection. We take a detailed look at the One M9 and test how it holds up in the real world.

How I use Android: Android Wear Engineering Director David Singleton

How I use Android: Android Wear Engineering Director David Singleton

Google's own director of engineering for Android Wear gives us a glimpse at what devices he carries, how he sets up his home screens, and what apps he can't live without.

Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: Smartphone camera shootout!

Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9: Smartphone camera shootout!

Just how good is the Galaxy S6's camera -- and how does it compare to the HTC One M9? See for yourself in this head-to-head photo face-off.

Galaxy S6 deep-dive review: Samsung's shining star

Galaxy S6 deep-dive review: Samsung's shining star

With its new Galaxy S6, Samsung finally delivers a phone that's both powerful and premium. We offer a deep-dive review and answer the question: Could it be the device for you?

Galaxy S6 Edge review: Innovative, impressive -- and impractical

Galaxy S6 Edge review: Innovative, impressive -- and impractical

Samsung's new Galaxy S6 Edge is a curved screen smartphone with looks to kill, but you may want to think twice before pulling the trigger.

Hands on: Getting to know the HTC One M9

Hands on: Getting to know the HTC One M9

There's more to HTC's new flagship than first meets the eye. Time for an up-close look at the stunningly gorgeous 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.

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