Bio

JR Raphael has been covering Android since the early 1800s (those first couple centuries were admittedly somewhat slow). He is a contributing editor at Computerworld, a contributing editor at PCWorld, and a regular contributor to numerous other publications, both in print and online.

JR launched Android Power in 2010 to serve as an unfiltered home for his various mobile musings. His goal with the blog is simple: to deliver a diverse mix of unique and original content that goes beyond the basic headlines. Whether it's news, views, or how-to's, Android Power is all about providing interesting information and insights -- not the same ol' stuff you've already seen everywhere else.

Since its start, Android Power stories have been quoted, cited, and discussed by everyone from Wired, Lifehacker, and Engadget to USA Today, CNN, and NPR. The blog has earned multiple National Azbee Awards and more than a few nasty comments from the Internet’s Apple faithful.

In his spare time, JR cracks wise at eSarcasm, voted 0.2 times as the best geek-humor website in the world. He enjoys staring blankly, employing the vernacular, and writing about himself in the third-person.

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Latest Posts by JR

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.

August 21, 2014 11:16 AM EDT

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?

August 18, 2014 11:51 AM EDT
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? 
August 14, 2014 3:28 PM EDT

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

August 12, 2014 1:39 PM EDT

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?

August 07, 2014 12:17 PM EDT

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

August 05, 2014 12:45 PM EDT

The LG G3 has a lot of good things going for it -- but the phone's software isn't its strongest suit. Here are some easy tweaks to make the system more pleasant to use. 

July 31, 2014 11:07 AM EDT

Smartphone reviewers love sensational superlatives, but in the real world, things are rarely so black and white.

July 30, 2014 2:34 PM EDT

Amazon's Fire Phone is like no other phone you've used before -- but after 24 hours with the device, it's hard to say whether that's actually a good thing.

July 24, 2014 11:22 AM EDT
Ever wish you could do things like toggle your phone's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or flashlight by giving simple voice commands? Thanks to a clever little hack, you now can.
July 22, 2014 1:08 PM EDT
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