Rabbit R1 Review: A Gloriously Underwhelming Tech Marvel

Rabbit R1



There’s an old saying that goes, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” However, when it comes to the Rabbit R1, I believe an exception must be made. After spending what felt like an eternity with the device (it was actually just one day), it’s safe to say that my disappointment is immeasurable, and my day was indeed ruined. Let’s dive into this anticlimactic tech adventure, shall we?

An Ambitious Start with a Thud

First off, the Rabbit R1 presents itself as a groundbreaking device aimed at simplifying our digital lives. According to its enthusiastic creator, Jesse Lyu, the R1 is poised to redefine our interaction with technology. The only problem? It seems to redefine it in the most cumbersome and frustrating ways possible.

Out of the box, the R1 comes with four apps: Spotify, Uber, DoorDash, and Midjourney. A bizarre selection that already sets the tone for the disarray to follow. I mean, Midjourney? Really? As someone who doesn’t even use this for AI-generated artwork, its inclusion felt like a random attempt to sprinkle some AI dust on an otherwise mundane offering.

The Tale of the Misguided GPS and Lackluster Apps

You would think that in an era where even the most basic smartphones nail GPS functionality, the R1 would at least get this right. But no, my first experience with its Uber integration was a comedic disaster—sending me to the completely wrong location. At this point, one might argue that using an actual map and compass would be more reliable.

Then there’s Spotify, which should be straightforward, yet the R1 managed to butcher song titles and artists names like it was performing a tragic opera. Asking for Avril Lavigne and getting Josh Levine is not only confusing but also mildly insulting to both artists involved.

A Vision Feature Blind to Practicality

Let’s talk about the much-hyped Vision feature, which is about as useful as a chocolate teapot. Point it at something, and it might tell you what it thinks it’s seeing—if you’re lucky. It confidently identified a black shirt as red, making me question if the R1 was perhaps colorblind.

Translation Lost in Translation

The translation feature, which boasts functionality in multiple languages, was another letdown. It stuttered through Hindi like a nervous public speaker and managed to be less reliable than my attempts at high school French. If you’re in a pinch, good luck not getting lost in translation.

Rabbit R1 Review: A Gloriously Underwhelming Tech Marvel

A Battery Life Shorter than a Half-Day Work

Perhaps the most laughable feature is its battery life. The R1, with its 1,000 mAh battery, offers about five to six hours of use. If your day involves more than a casual stroll around the block, you’ll be out of luck and, quite possibly, out of power.

The Illusion of No Subscription Fees

The R1 is marketed as having no monthly subscription fee, which is technically true. However, it still requires a sim and Wi-Fi, which means you are still paying a monthly fee, just in a roundabout way. It’s like saying you’re giving away free sandwiches, but the bread costs money.

The Final Verdict: A Rabbit Hole You Don’t Want to Fall Into

In conclusion, the Rabbit R1 is a device that promises the moon but barely clears the backyard fence. With a lackluster app selection, unreliable features, and a battery life that’s shorter than a toddler’s attention span, it’s hard to recommend this to anyone who values their time and money.

I planned to spend a week with the Rabbit R1, thinking it might grow on me. It didn’t. Instead, I found myself reaching for my reliable smartphone, which already does everything the R1 claims to offer, but better.

Rating: 2/10 – For the ambitious, yet poorly executed vision and the design that might attract the nostalgic among us.

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