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JR Raphael

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?

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.

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.

LG G3 deep-dive review: A phone with great specs, but real-world issues

The LG G3 Android smartphone has some impressive features, but during real-world use, problems can emerge.

Quick guide: 25 tips and tricks for Google Drive power users

Google Drive is an important tool that can deliver even more value with these 25 tips, tools, and tweaks

Samsung Gear Live vs. LG G Watch: A real-world evaluation

The LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live may look similar, but the first two Android Wear watches have some meaningful differences.

Android Wear deep-dive review: A smart start to smartwatch software

Google's Android Wear platform is an impressive first step toward making smartwatches people will actually want to buy. Here's an in-depth look at where the software shines -- and where it falls short.

Samsung Chromebook 2 review: Compelling -- but not without compromise

Samsung's Chromebook 2 has a distinctive design and a roomy 1080p display, but it also has some meaningful drawbacks compared to other devices.

Galaxy S5 deep-dive review: Long on hype, short on delivery

Samsung's Galaxy S5 Android phone follows a very popular predecessor, but the latest version doesn't stand out in a sea of thoughtfully designed competitors.

Gallery for Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Camera shootout!

JR Raphael compares the images from a Samsung Galaxy S5 camera to an HTC One (M8) camera.

HTC One (M8) deep-dive review: Smartphone sophistication made better

HTC is working to bring a sense of luxury to its smartphones -- and with its new HTC One (M8), it's closer than ever to delivering the ultimate high-end device.

Review: 5 video editing apps for Android

You can shoot some great videos with your Android smartphone, but can you edit them? We review five apps that represent the best video editing options available on the platform today.

LG G Flex deep-dive review: The curious case of the curved phone

The new LG G Flex Android smartphone has a curved design, flexible body, and 'self-healing' skin. Does that make a difference in real-world use?

18 great uses for an old Android device

We all love getting new gadgets, but what to do with the old ones? Here are 18 superb ways to put your old Android phone or tablet to good use.

Xperia Z1S deep-dive review: A stylish phone with power and panache

Sony's new Android phone, the Xperia Z1S, combines a distinctive design and premium build with stellar stamina and an underwater-capable camera.

Moto G real-world review: The best budget phone money can buy

Most budget phones offer a sub-par experience, but the new Moto G provides an excellent experience at a low off-contract price. So is this the phone for you?

HTC One Max deep-dive review: With this phone, size matters

The new HTC One Max Android smartphone has a gorgeous 5.9-in. display and outstanding speakers -- but be ready to deal with some serious smartphone bulk.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet review: A cool concept that comes up short

Lenovo's new Yoga Tablet has an innovative form with a built-in stand and exceptionally long battery life. But the rest of its features aren't quite as high-end.

Nexus 5 deep-dive review: Does Google's new flagship phone deliver?

Google's Nexus 5 offers a high-end Android experience at a low unlocked price -- but is it worth owning? Here's a detailed look at what the phone's like to use in the real world.

Image gallery: Nexus 5 camera

Check out JR's blog "How good is the Nexus 5 camera? See for yourself" in this gallery of images.

Author Bio

JR Raphael JR Raphael is a Computerworld contributing editor and the author of the Android Power blog.