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:

Chromebook Pixel revisited: 18 months with Google's luxury laptop

Android Power's 3 favorite things for August 2014

Android Power's 3 favorite things for August 2014

From powerful custom shortcuts to pleasingly pretty home screens, these three simple tools bring fresh functionality to any Android phone or tablet....

ThinkPad Yoga 11e review: A hidden Chromebook gem

With its exceptional build quality and outstanding (and flexible) display, Lenovo's new ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook is a meaningful notch above the rest....

Nexus 7 revisited: How Google's latest tablet has held up over the past year

With a rumored replacement on the way, it’s time to revisit Google’s current Nexus tablet to see how well it’s aged a year after its release....

Hands on: The ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook could be the one

Lenovo's ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook makes a fantastic first impression. Could this laptop-tablet combo be the midrange Chromebook we've all been waiting for?...

Lenovo N20p Chromebook review: An affordable dual-mode device

Lenovo N20p Chromebook review: An affordable dual-mode device

Lenovo's latest N20p Chromebook functions as both a regular laptop and a stand-supported tablet. But what is it like to use in the real world?...

Moto X revisited: One year with the 'new' Motorola's first flagship phone

Moto X revisited: One year with the 'new' Motorola's first flagship phone

The Moto X was heavily praised at its launch -- so one year later, with a second-gen model right around the corner, how has it held up relative to the rest of the Android world? ...

Hands on: Lenovo's dual-mode Chromebook is decidedly different

Hands on: Lenovo's dual-mode Chromebook is decidedly different

With a touch-enabled screen that tilts back 300 degrees, Lenovo's N20p Chromebook isn't your average laptop....

Kyocera Brigadier review: An Android phone built for abuse

Kyocera Brigadier review: An Android phone built for abuse

With a sapphire display and military-grade construction, the Kyocera Brigadier is one seriously tough Android phone. We put its durability to the test....

HTC One (M8) revisited: 4 months later, does the phone still impress?

HTC One (M8) revisited: 4 months later, does the phone still impress?

When I originally reviewed HTC's One (M8), I said it was close to being "the ultimate high-end device." So four months later, how has the phone held up?...

Amazon Fire Phone deep-dive review: Two weeks with a weird device

Amazon Fire Phone deep-dive review: Two weeks with a weird device

After spending two weeks with Amazon's Fire Phone, our reviewer thinks Amazon should be paying YOU to carry the device around....

Hands on: How much faster is a Core i3 Chromebook?

Hands on: How much faster is a Core i3 Chromebook?

Are the new Core i3 Chromebooks really that much faster than the current generation of devices? Time for some real-world comparisons....

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