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:

12 time-saving tips for the Chrome Android browser (with video)

Review: 6 things to know about the Galaxy S6 Edge+

Review: 6 things to know about the Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung's latest curved-screen smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge+, looks great -- but does that necessarily make it a better device?

Galaxy Note 5 review: A big phone finally grows up

Galaxy Note 5 review: A big phone finally grows up

The new Galaxy Note 5 brings some much-needed sophistication into Samsung's plus-sized phone family -- but at what cost?

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the smartphone revolution

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the smartphone revolution

You say you want a revolution? The smartphone market as we know is about to be flipped upside down -- and there's no turning back from this kind of change.

My 'aha!' moment in reviewing Samsung's Galaxy Note 5

My 'aha!' moment in reviewing Samsung's Galaxy Note 5

A sense of déjà vu leads to an unexpected revelation.

How I use Android: Nova Launcher developer Kevin Barry

How I use Android: Nova Launcher developer Kevin Barry

The mastermind behind one of Android's most popular customization tools talks about his own home screen setup -- and why big-screened devices aren't for him.

Android 6-point-huh? Analyzing the Marshmallow numbering madness

Android 6-point-huh? Analyzing the Marshmallow numbering madness

It may seem strange that Google's Android Marshmallow release brings such a big jump in version number, but those of us obsessing over digits are missing the point.

Dell may have just changed the midrange Chromebook game

Dell may have just changed the midrange Chromebook game

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Dell Chromebook 13.

9 months later, how Google's Inbox finally won me over

9 months later, how Google's Inbox finally won me over

After nearly a year of evolution, Inbox has become the email service I never knew I needed -- with a few important asterisks.

How I use Android: Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy

How I use Android: Action Launcher developer Chris Lacy

One of Android's most imaginative developers opens up about ditching TouchWiz, holding off on wearables, and setting up his home screens for maximum efficiency.

48 hours with the ZTE Axon -- and I'm still scratching my head

48 hours with the ZTE Axon -- and I'm still scratching my head

This unlocked metal-clad Android phone looks interesting from the outside -- but take it out into the real world, and you discover some really strange stuff.

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

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

Android on a budget just keeps getting better. A detailed tour of two days with Motorola's latest affordable device.

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