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: Toshiba's Chromebook 2 makes a fantastic first impression

Android 5.0, Lollipop: The complete FAQ

Android 5.0, Lollipop: The complete FAQ

Google's latest version of Android -- Android 5.0, a.k.a. Lollipop -- is at long last unwrapped and on its way into our lives. 

Nexus 6 and 9 in depth: A simple guide to Google's new devices

Nexus 6 and 9 in depth: A simple guide to Google's new devices

Nexus! Nexus! Nexus! So much information -- where to begin? This easy-to-follow guide has everything you could possibly want to know about Google's latest Android gadgets.

Galaxy Note 4 deep-dive review: A familiar plus-sized phone with a few new twists

Galaxy Note 4 deep-dive review: A familiar plus-sized phone with a few new twists

With the iPhone 6 Plus now available to iOS fans, can Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 keep its crown as the best-known plus-sized phone on the market? Our reviewer lived with the Note for a week and reports on the results.

Living with the Moto Hint: It's Google Now inside your ear

Living with the Moto Hint: It's Google Now inside your ear

The Moto Hint puts Google's on-demand info system into your ear -- quite literally. So is it the future of computing or just a futuristic-looking novelty?

Android upgrades simplified: Which manufacturers can you trust?

Android upgrades simplified: Which manufacturers can you trust?

A new Android release is right around the corner -- so which manufacturers can you count on to get the upgrade delivered?

With Google's Nexus devices, does 'in with the new' have to mean 'out with the old'?

With Google's Nexus devices, does 'in with the new' have to mean 'out with the old'?

New Nexus devices are great -- but continuing to offer the older models might also make an awful lot of sense.

Android Power's 3 favorite things for October 2014

Android Power's 3 favorite things for October 2014

From punching up your device's volume control system to making your phone feel like an extension of your computer, this month's picks pack plenty of power.

Only one thing can make the Moto X matter

Only one thing can make the Moto X matter

The new Moto X gets so many things right -- but there's one piece of the puzzle still missing.

Living with the Moto G (2014): How good can a budget phone be?

Living with the Moto G (2014): How good can a budget phone be?

With its second-gen Moto G, Motorola again pushes the limit of what it means to own a low-cost phone.

Living with Acer's Chromebook 13: The good and the bad

Living with Acer's Chromebook 13: The good and the bad

Acer's Chromebook 13 has a 1080p display and some impressive-sounding elements, but what you see on paper doesn't tell the whole story.

New Moto X vs. the original: Worth the upgrade?

New Moto X vs. the original: Worth the upgrade?

To upgrade or not to upgrade? This detailed guide, based on months of real-world usage, will help you decide.

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