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: The new Moto X in leather, wood, and plastic

Moto 360 review: An elegant smartwatch with exceptional features

Moto 360 review: An elegant smartwatch with exceptional features

Motorola's new Moto 360 smartwatch is classy, beautiful and full of great features -- but it needs a little more polish to reach its potential.

Hands on: 5 interesting things about the Moto 360

Hands on: 5 interesting things about the Moto 360

Beyond its basic design and features, the Moto 360 has some pretty interesting qualities that set it apart from other Android Wear watches.

Motorola responds to Moto 360 battery 'controversy'

Motorola responds to Moto 360 battery 'controversy'

A widely cited report claims Motorola is lying about the battery in its Moto 360 smartwatch -- but things on the Internet aren't always what they seem.

Hands on: The first things you notice about the new Moto X

Hands on: The first things you notice about the new Moto X

One of the most anticipated Android follow-ups of the year is finally here. Time to go hands on with the new Moto X.

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

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

Is it crazy to pay $1300 for a Chromebook? Some reflections after a year and a half of living with Google's luxurious Pixel.

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?

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