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:

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

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.

Nexus 6 vs. Galaxy Note 4: Which one's right for you?

Nexus 6 vs. Galaxy Note 4: Which one's right for you?

To Nexus or to Note? Two plus-sized Android phones -- two very different user experiences. Here's some practical guidance based on weeks of living with both devices.

Nexus 6 vs. Galaxy Note 4: Smartphone camera shootout!

Nexus 6 vs. Galaxy Note 4: Smartphone camera shootout!

Just how good is the Nexus 6's camera -- and how does it compare to the Galaxy Note 4? See for yourself in this head-to-head photo face-off.

Nexus 6 deep-dive review: A supersized smartphone that shines

Nexus 6 deep-dive review: A supersized smartphone that shines

Google's new Nexus 6 packs pure Android Lollipop software into a plus-sized package that's pleasant to use. Could this be the phone for you?

Android tablet buying advice: Snatch up a Nexus 7 while you still can

Android tablet buying advice: Snatch up a Nexus 7 while you still can

The Nexus 9 delivers an awesome pure Google Android Lollipop experience -- but before you plunk down $400, there's another tablet you might want to consider.

Nexus 9 deep-dive review: Bigger, but not necessarily better

Nexus 9 deep-dive review: Bigger, but not necessarily better

Google's new Nexus 9 tablet is a decent device that comes with Android's new Lollipop OS, but it may not live completely up to the hype.

Moto X vs. Droid Turbo: Which one's right for you?

Moto X vs. Droid Turbo: Which one's right for you?

Some practical guidance on two of the year's most interesting phones -- based on weeks of living with them and comparing them side by side.

20 great productivity apps for Android, iOS, and the Web

20 great productivity apps for Android, iOS, and the Web

These 20 essential apps work on all three platforms, helping you stay productive no matter what device you or your co-workers use

Droid Turbo review: A sturdy phone with serious stamina

Droid Turbo review: A sturdy phone with serious stamina

It may not be the most elegant-looking device, but Motorola's new Droid Turbo smartphone, available only through Verizon is well-made and brimming with power.

Hands on: This is the brand new Gmail app for Android
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First Look

Hands on: This is the brand new Gmail app for Android

Google is delivering a brand new and completely redesigned Gmail app for Android.

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