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:

48 hours with the new Moto G: How does this phone cost $180?!

Motorola opens up about Lollipop upgrade letdown and the future of fast rollouts

Motorola opens up about Lollipop upgrade letdown and the future of fast rollouts

Motorola finally explains what went wrong with the Moto X's latest Android upgrade -- and what it's doing now to prevent a repeat performance.

The new Moto X, Moto G, and OnePlus 2: A quick 'n' simple guide to Android's latest unlocked options

The new Moto X, Moto G, and OnePlus 2: A quick 'n' simple guide to Android's latest unlocked options

So many smartphones, so little time. Here's an easy-to-follow breakdown of all the new unlocked Android devices announced over the past 24 hours.

How I use Android: App designer and Android blogger Liam Spradlin

How I use Android: App designer and Android blogger Liam Spradlin

He designs Android apps you love and writes Android blogs you read -- so how does Liam Spradlin use Android in his own life?

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. A newly updated guide to picking the best device for your needs.

Get ready for some serious smartwatch silliness

Get ready for some serious smartwatch silliness

Ladies and gentlemen, let the stupidity begin.

5 animated Android Wear watch faces worth trying

5 animated Android Wear watch faces worth trying

Give your smartwatch some extra pizazz with these fun animated faces for Android Wear.

How I use Android: YouTube sensation Marques Brownlee

How I use Android: YouTube sensation Marques Brownlee

The man known as MKBHD walks us through his own Android lifestyle -- his must-have apps, favorite devices, and personal home screen setup.

6 affordable Android phones you'll actually enjoy using

6 affordable Android phones you'll actually enjoy using

Looking for a decent unlocked smartphone that doesn't cost too much? You'd be surprised what you can find.

Android tablets, Chromebooks and convertibles: Which setup makes sense for you?

Android tablets, Chromebooks and convertibles: Which setup makes sense for you?

Android tablets and Chromebooks are taking on all sorts of overlapping forms. Here's a practical guide to help you navigate the ever-expanding maze of options.

Asus Chromebook Flip review: A classy little convertible laptop

Asus Chromebook Flip review: A classy little convertible laptop

The Asus Chromebook Flip is surprisingly nice and immensely affordable, but a laptop this small isn't going to make sense for everyone.

Hands on: Meet the convertible Chromebook Flip

Hands on: Meet the convertible Chromebook Flip

A $249 Chromebook that's made of metal and able to flip a full 360 degrees? Darn tootin'. Time to go hands on with the new Chromebook Flip.

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