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Neptune Pine Smartwatches Being Shipped Out to Kickstarter Backers

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The first batch of Kickstarter backers for the Neptune Pine smartwatch are about to receive their devices. After what feels like years, the Pine, which we thought looked pretty great when it was first revealed, is much more than a dependent watch on your wrist. Unlike Android Wear, it features data connectivity on its own, meaning its basically a condensed smartphone on your wrist. 

The Pine features a 2.4″ full-color display, Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, 810mAh battery, front-facing camera, rear-facing camera, GPS, micro USB charging slot, and a fully tweaked OS based on Android 4.3+.

The Neptune Pine, if you were not an early bird backer, can be pre-ordered for $349 for a 16GB version or $449 for a 32GB version. If pre-ordered, the devices are set to ship in Q4 of this year.

Is anyone here one of the backers? Are you still liking the Pine over Google’s Android Wear?

Neptune Ships Pine, World’s First Standalone Smartwatch, to First Batch of Kickstarter Backers

All-in-one Pine smartwatch provides pure, untethered connectivity on users’ wrists

MONTREAL – Aug. 6, 2014 – Neptune is excited to announce that the first round of Pine smartwatches have been shipped to Kickstarter backers. After its massive campaign success, with over 2,800 backers and $800,000 pledged, Neptune is thrilled to be delivering a high quality product that combines untethered connectivity and superior design to create a new way of interacting with technology and each other.

The Neptune Pine is the world’s first independent smartwatch. The Pine allows users to make and receive phone calls and text messages, shoot video and take pictures, check email, browse the web, play music or games, and more – all without the presence of a smartphone.

The Pine is also an extremely powerful fitness tracker, with built-in GPS, pedometer, and a compass. When used with an app, it can track steps, pace, time, laps, and calories burned. Additionally, the Pine handset can be attached to mounts or other accessories where it becomes a wearable, point-of-view (POV) video camera, shooting in 720p HD video with its rear-facing 5-megapixel camera.

“The Pine smartwatch combines the functionality of multiple devices into one device on your wrist,” says Simon Tian, Founder and CEO of Neptune. “After months of perfecting the Pine, we are excited to bring to market a product that truly provides users a new and simplified way to connect with each other.”

The Pine features a removable, full-color 2.4 inch capacitive touch screen with full QWERTY keyboard for a truly “smart” experience. The Android-supported smartwatch has memory storage of up to 32GB to ensure users can store hundreds of apps, music and photos. The front and rear facing camera with LED flash gives users the freedom to take images from any angle and to video chat easily anytime, anywhere.

The second batch of Neptune Pine smartwatches will be delivered to Kickstarter backers by November 2014.

Non-Kickstarter backers can also pre-order the Pine for USD$349 for a 16GB version or USD$449 for a 32GB version at getneptune.com. Those orders are set to ship by Q4 2014.

  • flosserelli

    What? No Snapdragon 805?
    Fail.

    /jk

  • CapnShiner

    Rear-facing camera? How is that useful? Let me be the first to coin the term “wristie” for photos taken of wrists.

  • TC Infantino

    It’s almost an OG Droid with a wrist strap.

  • Robert Boluyt

    I need to see some thorough reviews on this, particularly with regards to battery life and durability. I think it’d make a great fitness device to take on trail runs.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Great looking device, just overpriced. I like everything about it, just not the price. Current smart watches are overpriced as well.

  • bedwa

    Wow… I’m happy with my Pine, Glad I downsized and went the more austere device. I’m happy and I plan to tinker with the kernel, possibly even make a custom rom. Recovery and Userspace has Root ADB privileges by default. VERY friendly device for tinkering. Can’t ask for more.

    My Credentials if needed:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=1258762

  • chris_johns

    lol…youd look like such a dope with that stupid big thing on ur wrist

  • Tony Byatt

    No…

  • RunnerHere

    As a very serious runner, this is the perfect watch for me. A phone is too big to run with, this is about the max size I would go with.

  • ShadowCodeGaming

    You have a 2.4” screen? That’s cute…

  • yummy

    Beam me up Scotty

  • http://www.NickSaulino.com Nick Saulino

    I have an Android phone and some duct tape… So no need for this thing.

  • Mat Campbell-Hill

    Yes, love it. It’s ridiculously good and so much better than a tethered watch! No bigger than a large diving watch or current HR monitor etc., only this does that and more (minus the diving of course)!

  • JBartcaps

    That name is terrible

  • RoadsterHD1

    It’s huge. No thanks.

    • Tony Spencer

      That’s what, never mind.

  • Colts5609

    LOL at the smart watch fad. I am usually not a hater, but smart watches are just dumb and unnecessary for most of the population. For a few, very small, tasks, I could see a smart watch being slightly helpful. Checking the time, running and biking, swimming, where the use of your hands is fairly limited. But for most other applications, texting, email, phone calls, video, games, pictures, facebook, calendar, anything productive. Your expensive smart phone will be the better, faster, more convenient option.

    • Chris Teddi-b’poetic Vaughan

      the same argument could be made for a tablet over a smartphone, but i still carry both… this was also an argument made when smartphones first came on the scene. I recall that quite vividly. the same argument of necessity is brought up every time a new technology comes out. honestly, nobody NEEDS any of this stuff. it’s all just about preference. two-way pagers were more than adequate for the time, but cell phones came out and then the market for them became viable. not the other way around. I think smartwatches are gonna be here to stay. wearables aren’t new. they’re just becoming mainstream now. it’s just gonna be a matter of form vs function. some will prefer one over the other. but in general wearables aren’t going anywhere.

    • flosserelli

      Agreed. So far I have seen nothing that makes me say “I gotta have that”, and nothing that I can’t do on my phone. I have clocks all around me 24/7 so I don’t need another timepiece. And my phone handles all the network activities that I do. If it’s not important enough for me to take 5 seconds to check my phone, then it’s just not that important.

    • Chris M

      Go Jaguars!

      • Colts5609

        Now that is funny!

    • mgamerz

      You don’t use the smartwatch to do things, but to be notified of them. And search google it seems. That’s the whole point. I have a pebble and it’s great, saves a lot of battery on my phone. Don’t have to turn it on for every little thing.

      • Colts5609

        Well if you watch the little comercial for this particular watch, it wants to do much more than just notify you of things.

        • mgamerz

          “LOL at the smart watch fad.”
          -Colts5609

          • Colts5609

            Yes, I said that.

  • GPier

    And they sent them back already.

  • Xious

    The video had text automatically appear on the screen. Do you have to carry around a bluetooth keyboard with you just to use this thing? I know there are keyboards out there that would probably work (Fleksy, Minimuum), but they didn’t show any of that.

    Yes most people would say it’s too big and to clunky and why would you get it with the Moto360 coming out, but what they fail to realize is everyone is different. I’m sure there are a lot of people that would love this thing. You may not like it, but that doesn’t make it crap.

    • Chris Teddi-b’poetic Vaughan

      it has a full on-screen qwerty keyboard. that’s the major reason for the size. from what I’m hearing from backers who already have it, the onscreen keyboard is more than adequate.

  • BTLS

    Well, the promo video is pretty well done… I’ll give them that.

  • M3D1T8R

    Considering how expensive this is at $350, it’s really too bad they are charging a ridiculous Apple-like $100 more for just 16GB more storage. While much of the industry is going from 16 to 64 for just $50 extra. u

  • Chris Gatley

    they didn’t show any type of keyboard to type out all those messages. I really don’t think the voice dictation is good enough to get that email address. Although there is a lot of screen real estate for a Qwerty…

  • Ant

    My 64gb pine is on the way ..got it for $255. Here’s my justification for getting it I always sell my old phones on eBay to pay for a new one so being able to pop my Sim card into the watch while waiting for a new phone will work for me. So I’m not without a phone. And yes….I’m still getting the moto 360 when it comes out.

    • PoisonApple31

      Not to mention it’ll give you serious street credit.

  • Rob Rowald

    “Neptune Ships Pine, World’s First Standalone Smartwatch” “The Neptune Pine is the world’s first independent smartwatch. ” False I had the Omate Truesmart which is a standalone smartwatch last year.

  • M3D1T8R

    “Rear facing camera”, on a watch?
    Huh.

    • BTLS

      That’s what I thought… I’m guessing the watch is big enough that the rear camera is on the edge of the body & not obstructed by the user’s arm???

      • M3D1T8R

        Yeah it must be, but still strange and even more strangely worded.

        • Chris Teddi-b’poetic Vaughan

          The actual unit is removable from the watchband and has a helmet mount. you wouldn’t use the rear camera while actually wearing it.

          • M3D1T8R

            Ah, I see, thanks.

      • vikemosabe

        It actually is on the back, against your wrist.
        BUT, the strap is removable so you can hold it just like a small phone.

        • flosserelli

          Why even bother with a camera if you have to take the watch apart to use it.

          • vikemosabe

            It’s not that difficult to remove from strap.
            It’s no more trouble than grabbing your phone from your pocket.

  • Zack Morris

    Haters gonna hate… I just got mine and it’s actually pretty nice.

  • moelsen8

    puke

  • Ryan Powell

    SMDH. I give it a week before iPhone users start tweeting this image around to show how android users don’t have a clue. Let it be known we ALL think this is ugly and a bad idea. #360orbust

    • Chris Teddi-b’poetic Vaughan

      360 doesn’t do half of what this does. if you’re all about form factor over functionality, then yeah 360 is for you. However, android is really not as aesthetically minded (or closed minded) as apple.

  • Suicide_Note

    At that size they should have included a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

    /s

    • http://www.twitter.com/cltnwd Colton

      haha imagining a qwerty on a smartwatch is hilarious

      • kamkid279

        Enjoy!

        • Charles X

          Must be one the government uses. Just watched a behind the scenes look at our Nuclear installations, they don’t use 4 inch floppies, but the older 8 inch floppy disc still, in 2014, that control our missiles to launch, and I thought the VA was in peril

  • Cesar

    Giant, ugly, and way too late. If they had managed to get this thing out before Android Wear was a thing, it might have been slightly more impressive.

  • Eric Sorensen

    May be the first android wristwatch that can do SKYPE calls right on your wrist. That’s a Dick Tracy kind of cool.

    • M3D1T8R

      Yeah I want Android wear to be able to do something like that. Maybe it can and I just don’t know about it yet. But being able to make calls -even video calls- through the watch like while driving or walking, would be great.

      • nate

        Having to hold your wrist to your ear while walking or driving would be dangerous or inconvenient, and video calls while driving??? No!! Lol.

        • M3D1T8R

          That’s my point, you wouldn’t have to have it to your ear, just use speakerphone through it on your left wrist with your hand still on the wheel. Video calls while walking would be fine, just turn the watch so its on the bottom of your wrist.

        • flascrnwrtr

          Why would you hold your wrist to your ear, when the main unit detaches from the band. Also, there is Bluetooth.

          • nate

            Soooo how is that not accomplished by just a smartphone? If you have to detatch it, just take your phone out of your pocket. If you use Bluetooth, use the Bluetooth with your phone.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    GPS? Hello 15 minutes battery life.

    • Chris Teddi-b’poetic Vaughan

      battery tests have actually been pretty good so far, with average usage. units have been in the hands of beta testers for months already. independent testing shows the battery not to be an issue with normal use.

    • flosserelli

      They should put additional battery cells along the entire strap. It probably wouldn’t look out of place considering the size of the display. Like the Hummer H2 of smartwatches.

  • Trevor

    It looks a little dainty for my tastes.

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    That thing is ugly and huge

  • frhow

    So you get a phone add some straps and now its a watch… Definitely not going to back this thing!!!!

  • Michael Bassett
  • Mike

    This thing wasn’t all that suave to begin with… but even less so now, following that huge Moto 360 leak!

  • Kevin B

    I’ve had one of these in the office for a few months, and there is no way I would pic it over an Android Wear device.

    • Spazmonic

      First batch is going out to backers. This guy has had it for months. *smh*

      • flascrnwrtr

        As a beta-tester… yes… I’ve had one for several months, as well. My Note 3 is now gathering dust, as I tether my Nexus 7 to the Pine, for watching video.

        • Spazmonic

          *slow claps*
          Well I am over friggin welmed. You want a junior G man badge for that.

          • flascrnwrtr

            Already have a couple dozen, but thanks for the offer. Don’t be jealous.

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  • 213ninja

    oh it’s not a 360? here come the pain…

  • Droid Ronin

    Wow, that looks absolutely ridiculous on a wrist.