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:

Android power! 2014's top tips, tricks, and buying advice

4 top Android Wear watches: A hands-on guide

4 top Android Wear watches: A hands-on guide

So many watches, so little time! We compare four Android Wear watches -- Moto 360, LG G Watch R, Sony SmartWatch 3 and Asus ZenWatch -- in this real-world guide.

Android Power's 3 favorite things for December 2014

Android Power's 3 favorite things for December 2014

From a fresh take on the home screen to an inexpensive accessory that makes your phone more secure, this month's picks are oozing with Android-flavored awesomeness.

The best Android phones you can buy right now

The best Android phones you can buy right now

So many Android phones -- so which one should you buy? Some real-world recommendations from someone who's lived with 'em all.

The best Chromebooks you can buy right now

The best Chromebooks you can buy right now

Choosing a Chromebook can be a difficult decision -- but it doesn't have to be. This simple real-world guide will help you figure out which model is right for you.

Hands on: How Android 5.0 will soon keep your Chromebook unlocked

Hands on: How Android 5.0 will soon keep your Chromebook unlocked

Google's two mobile platforms are about to work together in a really cool way. Here's a sneak peek.

Six weeks with Google's Inbox -- and why it's back to Gmail for me

Six weeks with Google's Inbox -- and why it's back to Gmail for me

Google's Inbox brings some useful new tricks to the world of email, but it's lacking key features that business professionals and power users may need.

Moto 360 and Android Wear revisited: 3 months with Google on my wrist

Moto 360 and Android Wear revisited: 3 months with Google on my wrist

Spending three months with a smartwatch gives you some important perspective.

Yoga Tablet 2 and Tablet 2 Pro review: Innovative but imperfect

Yoga Tablet 2 and Tablet 2 Pro review: Innovative but imperfect

Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet 2 and Tablet 2 Pro have innovative designs and unusual features but are held back by some unnecessary flaws.

Living with the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact: Damn, Sony's phones are getting good

Living with the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact: Damn, Sony's phones are getting good

Sony's latest flagship phones are like no other devices out there -- and there's a decent chance one of them might be just what you've been looking for.

Got Lollipop? 10 cool things to try with Android 5.0

Got Lollipop? 10 cool things to try with Android 5.0

Google's Android 5.0 release is more than just a pretty makeover. Here are 10 fun features you'll definitely want to explore once you have Lollipop in front of you.

Android 5.0 deep-dive review: Exploring Lollipop's many layers

Android 5.0 deep-dive review: Exploring Lollipop's many layers

Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop release brings major changes to the way the operating system looks and works. Here's a detailed tour of what's new and what it's like to use.

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