Stories by JR Raphael

Chromebook Pixel revisited: 18 months with Google's luxury laptop

When you stop and think about it, it's kind of astonishing how far Chromebooks have come.

Android Power's 3 favorite things for August 2014

This summer's been a wild one for mobile tech launches, and that means it's been a while since I've had a chance to take a deep breath and think about all the interesting little treasures that round out the Android experience.

ThinkPad Yoga 11e review: A hidden Chromebook gem

With its exceptional build quality and outstanding (and flexible) display, Lenovo's new ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook is a meaningful notch above the rest.

Lenovo N20p Chromebook: An affordable dual-mode device

When you think of a Chromebook, you typically think of a keyboard-centric laptop -- but Lenovo's hoping to shake up that mindset with some versatile new devices.

Kyocera Brigadier: An Android phone built for abuse

Do you want a phone that's sleek, svelte and sexy? Or do you want a phone that's able to withstand almost any type of abuse?

Amazon Fire Phone deep-dive review: Two weeks with a weird device

You can now buy almost anything from Amazon -- including a phone made by the retailer itself.

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.

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 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.

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.

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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.

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.

5 video editing apps for Android

For a platform with more than a million apps, it sure is difficult to find a decent video editor on Android.

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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.