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:

The new dark horse of the mobile tech world

The fallacy of the 'Android tablet app'

The fallacy of the 'Android tablet app'

Focusing on the idea of an 'Android tablet app' is missing the point -- and misunderstanding how Android as a platform works.

Best office apps for Android, round 2

Best office apps for Android, round 2

With five Android office suites already duking it out, Microsoft Office jumps into the fray. Find out if it triumphs — or flails.

News flash: The 'Apple Watch vs. Android Wear' battle is not and will never be a real thing

News flash: The 'Apple Watch vs. Android Wear' battle is not and will never be a real thing

Don't be fooled: The real battle within the smartwatch realm has nothing to do with Apple against Android.

Android essentials: 13 apps I can't live without

Android essentials: 13 apps I can't live without

These are the apps I need to make a device do what I want it to do -- and they might just work wonders for you, too.

Dell Venue 8 7000 vs. Nexus 9: Which Android tablet is right for you?

Dell Venue 8 7000 vs. Nexus 9: Which Android tablet is right for you?

Two noteworthy Android tablets -- both in the 8-in. range, both $400. So which should you get?

Dell Venue 8 7000 review: A distinctive and premium Android tablet

Dell Venue 8 7000 review: A distinctive and premium Android tablet

With its striking design, premium materials and stellar display, Dell's Venue 8 7000 isn't your average Android tablet.

Broken Lollipop: 5 things that need to be fixed ASAP with Android 5.0

Broken Lollipop: 5 things that need to be fixed ASAP with Android 5.0

For all of its positives, Android 5.0 has some pesky defects that need to be addressed.

The world's worst wearable tech concepts (so far)

The world's worst wearable tech concepts (so far)

From a wig that buzzes your head with notifications to a bra that tells you when you're overeating, these wearable tech concepts are wacky in all the wrong ways.

Hands on: Dell's Venue 8 7000 tablet makes an awesome first impression

Hands on: Dell's Venue 8 7000 tablet makes an awesome first impression

It may have a painfully dull name, but Dell's new Android tablet deserves your attention.

Samsung toning down TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6? Gee, that sounds familiar

Samsung toning down TouchWiz on the Galaxy S6? Gee, that sounds familiar

A new report says Samsung is going back to the basics with software for its Galaxy S6 phone. Is anyone else feeling a serious sense of déjà vu?

The million-dollar question about Android TV

The million-dollar question about Android TV

A giant unknown about Google's new home entertainment software. Could this be a make-or-break factor?

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