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The smartwatch craze is hitting a frenzy, with more and more manufacturers entering the market every month.  Apple, Sony, Pebble, Samsung, and a myriad of other names all are involved (or rumored to be, in Apple’s case).  It always seemed incredible that users want another screen showing the same information, when they can look at their phone, tablet, or computer screen.  But the Neptune Pine is an interesting solution.

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Display , 2.4 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen~~320×240 QVGA resolution

Cellular Networks , “GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1700, 1900~~UMTS/HSPA+/WCDMA 850, 1700, 1900, 2100″

Memory,512MB RAM ~~16 or 32 GB mass storage
OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n~~GPS~~Bluetooth~~4.0~~USB 2.0 ~~Micro-SIM
Size, 66.0 x 53.5 x 14.2 mm
Sound & Alert, Speaker~~Microphone~~3.5mm headphone jack~~Vibration alert

Camera, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera~~VGA front-facing camera~~LED flash (Front & Rear)

Data Inputs ,Accelerometer~~Gyroscope~~Digital compass

Processor , Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2GHz Dual- Core ARM Cortex-A5

Battery ,Built-in rechargeable 900 mAh lithium polymer battery~~Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
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The Neptune Pine smartwatch is an interesting product. Part smartwatch, part smartphone.

In theory, this could replace your “regular” smartphone.  The Pine can make phone calls (insert your own MicroSIM card), text, email, and connect via Bluetooth to a headset. You can browse the web, check Facebook, and comes preloaded with a fitness app.  But you can’t download any apps (that I can see so far), which means no games, note taking, Instagram, or Skype. So, Pine is only part-smartphone.

But the 2.4″ screen makes this only part smartwatch in my opinion.  A 2.4″ screen might not seem big, but wait until it’s on your wrist!  The dimensions listed put it at 2.75″ x 2″, which goes from the start of my wrist down below my shirt cuff, and just about as wide as my wrist.  That is a sizable thing to have on your wrist!  The images they have of the fingers holding it don’t quite make it seem as big, but there are no pictures of the watch actually on anyone’s wrist!!  Gizmag first reported in March that Pine would be removeable from the watch strap, but it doesn’t appear that feature made the cut.

Finally, Pine brings an impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2GHz Dual- Core ARM Cortex-A5 processor to the table.  This seems amazing at the first glance, but how does this kind of power affect the battery life, and more importantly will it affect the heat off the back of the watch?

Besides the few criticisms, this looks like a strong entry into the smartwatch battle, and a great offering from Neptune as their first product.

 

The Neptune Pine is available for preorder now for $335, and will be shipping in December, 2013.

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