- Pros: Big screen, 16 or 32GB of memory, front and rear facing cameras
- Cons: It’s massive
- Why should I buy it? If you’re looking for a smartwatch that’s much more ‘phone’ than it is ‘watch’.
The first thing you notice when you strap the Neptune Pine on your wrist is its size. To put it bluntly, this thing is massive. Of course, it was always going to be big with a 2.4-inch screen, but you can’t fully appreciate the size of the Pine until you put it on.
The touchscreen on the Pine is Gorilla Glass, while nice plastics and a rubber strap also feature. You can also detach the Pine from the strap and hold it to your ear or put it in a car mount - in these situations it seems just like you’re using a small smartphone.
- Connectivity. The Neptune Pine supports 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, making it a fully functional smartphone on your wrist. It lets you make and receive calls and text, browse the internet and do plenty more.
- Fitness tracking. The Pine includes GPS, a pedometer, a compass, a gyroscope and an accelerometer. This means you can track your steps taken, distance covered, active minutes and more, allowing you to better achieve your fitness goals.
- Front and rear cameras. A front facing VGA camera and a five megapixel rear camera are great inclusions. They both include an LED flash and allow you to take high-quality pictures and videos.
- 2.4-inch display. If you want a watch with a big screen, the Neptune Pine is perfect. It produces sharp images and also allows you to type emails and search the web using a QWERTY keyboard.
- Notifications. With a range of utilities including a voice recorder, calculator, calendar and alarms, the Neptune Pine can help you organise your day-to-day life.
- Storage. The Pine is available with 16GB or 32GB of storage, allowing you to store plenty of music, videos and photos on your device. A headphone jack and built-in speaker are also included.
Ease of use
While the Pine is powered by a 810mAh battery, keep in mind that the big screen means your battery life won’t be too much longer than that offered by other smartwatches on the market. Running Android means the Pine is quite simple to use and also offers plenty of app support, but it runs quite an old version in the form of Android 4.1. The touchscreen can also be a little slow, which can be quite painful if you’re a gamer.
Having said all that, the Neptune Pine really is quite a capable smartwatch - even if its size does make it closer to a phone than a watch. All the menus and systems are easy to navigate and use, while the connectivity it offers is a huge plus. GPS capability works well, making the Neptune Pine a handy tool for fitness fanatics, while the two cameras add an extra level of functionality you won’t find in most other smartwatches.
To top it all off, the simple option of being able to detach the Pine from its wristband whenever you wish is another big positive.
The final word
Okay, there’s no getting around the fact that this is far from a sleek, small watch. It’s a pretty big unit that will look simply ridiculous on some people, but if you’ve got the forearms to pull it off then size shouldn’t be a concern. The Neptune Pine certainly boasts a whole lot of great features, from multiple connectivity options to its two cameras, and its quite simple to use.
Neptune got funding to produce the Pine from a well-publicised Kickstarter campaign, with thousands of people willing to put their money where their mouth was to help make this smartwatch become a reality. It’s certainly one of the most interesting and unique smartwatches on the market, so test one out when you’re shopping for the ultimate in wearable tech.
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