Stories by JR Raphael

Chromebook Pixel (2015) review: A cloud dweller's dream machine

Chrome OS enthusiasts are always clamoring for high-quality hardware -- cloud-centric laptops with solid construction, snappy performance and stunning displays. But the vast majority of Chromebooks cater to the budget end of the market.

18 ways to get the most out of Android 5.0

Got Lollipop? Google's Android 5.0 operating system is slowly but surely making its way to devices around the world -- and like any major OS upgrade, it brings with it a whole new set of options, features, and shortcuts to master.

In Pictures: Best office apps for Android

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

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

Android tablets are a dime a dozen these days. Look in any electronics store and you'll see a sea of virtually indistinguishable slates, few of which manage to stand out.

Preview: Microsoft Office for Android makes up for (some) lost time

It may be about four years late to the game, but Microsoft is finally ready to bring its Office suite to Android tablets -- well, almost.

4 top Android Wear watches: A hands-on guide

Thinking about picking up a new smartwatch for the new year? iOS users have to wait a while before the Apple Watch hits store shelves, but owners of Android phones already have some compelling choices available.

Yoga Tablet 2 and Tablet 2 Pro review: Innovative but imperfect

You have to hand it to Lenovo: The company isn't afraid to do something different.

Android 5.0 deep-dive review: Exploring Lollipop's many layers

Its name may be filled with child-like whimsy, but don't be fooled: Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop release is all about the platform's move into maturity.

Nexus 6 deep-dive review: A supersized smartphone that shines

The line between smartphones and tablets is officially gone.

Nexus 9 deep-dive review: Bigger, but not necessarily better

I thought reviewing the Nexus 9 was going to be easy.

Droid Turbo review: A sturdy phone with serious stamina

I'll never forget my first Droid device.

In Pictures: 20 great productivity apps for Android, iOS, and the Web

These 20 essential apps work on all three platforms, helping you stay productive no matter what device you or your co-workers use.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 review: An attractive Chrome OS experience

At first, if you wanted a Chrome OS laptop, your choices were to either pay $1,300 for a top-of-the-line experience or to suffer with a poky and poorly built product in the $200 to $400 range.

Moto X (2014) deep-dive review: Android done right -- again

Sometimes, a phone can really surprise you.

Moto 360 review: An elegant smartwatch with exceptional features

My wrist has been attracting an inordinate amount of attention lately.