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 first things you notice about Verizon's Droid Turbo

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

Hands on: The first things you notice about the Nexus 9 and Android 5.0

Hands on: The first things you notice about the Nexus 9 and Android 5.0

Google's new HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet is on its way into the world -- and it's officially landed in Android Power's world headquarters. Time to go hands on!

5 important things to know about security in Android 5.0

5 important things to know about security in Android 5.0

Fun features aside, Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop release introduces some important improvements to security -- some of which have yet to be publicized.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: An attractive Chrome OS experience

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: An attractive Chrome OS experience

Toshiba's new Chromebook 2 offers admirable build quality and outstanding speakers and display. However, its less-than-sterling performance makes it an imperfect package.

Living with the Xperia Z3v: Sony's latest smartphone deserves your attention

Living with the Xperia Z3v: Sony's latest smartphone deserves your attention

Forget what you think you know about smartphone manufacturers. The Xperia Z3v proves that Sony's ready to play with the big boys -- and that its devices should not be ignored.

Hands on with Inbox, Google's new way to experience Gmail

Hands on with Inbox, Google's new way to experience Gmail

Google's Inbox is a fresh and modern approach to email -- but does it make managing your messages easier or more complex?

Hands on: Toshiba's Chromebook 2 makes a fantastic first impression

Hands on: Toshiba's Chromebook 2 makes a fantastic first impression

With its high-quality 1080p display and spectacular speakers, Toshiba's Chromebook 2 isn't your typical Chrome OS device.

Android 5.0, Lollipop: The complete FAQ

Android 5.0, Lollipop: The complete FAQ

Google's latest version of Android -- Android 5.0, a.k.a. Lollipop -- is at long last unwrapped and on its way into our lives. 

Nexus 6 and 9 in depth: A simple guide to Google's new devices

Nexus 6 and 9 in depth: A simple guide to Google's new devices

Nexus! Nexus! Nexus! So much information -- where to begin? This easy-to-follow guide has everything you could possibly want to know about Google's latest Android gadgets.

Galaxy Note 4 deep-dive review: A familiar plus-sized phone with a few new twists

Galaxy Note 4 deep-dive review: A familiar plus-sized phone with a few new twists

With the iPhone 6 Plus now available to iOS fans, can Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 keep its crown as the best-known plus-sized phone on the market? Our reviewer lived with the Note for a week and reports on the results.

Living with the Moto Hint: It's Google Now inside your ear

Living with the Moto Hint: It's Google Now inside your ear

The Moto Hint puts Google's on-demand info system into your ear -- quite literally. So is it the future of computing or just a futuristic-looking novelty?

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