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Neptune Pine standalone Android smartwatch brings Snapdragon S4 on your wrist

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Neptune Pine standalone Android smartwatch brings Snapdragon S4 on your wrist
The Neptune Pine surged past its $100 000 Kickstarter goal capturing backers’ sympathy and dollar with its promise to become the first truly standalone Android smartwatch with a large display. Yes, that means a full-on Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip, a camera, and texting and calling from your wrist.

We have already reported on it, but we're excited to see that an early prototype of the Neptune Pine has arrived at CES 2014, and - while at first you might find it funny how humongous it looks on the hand - your second thoughts would probably be about how awesome it is to have a full-fledged smartphone on your wrist. In contrast, most other smartwatches like the Pebble and Galaxy Gear only work fully when tethered to a smartphone.

The elephant in the room is size when we’re speaking about the Pine’s design. It looks huge on any hand, but we imagine it’d just appear disproportionately large on people with slimmer hands, and most girls included. It’s also too big to go unnoticed, so get ready to become the center of attention when someone notices you’re wearing this. If Google Glass wearers get a lot of attention, we imagine this would be even worse.

If you can deal with the large size, though, you get a reward in terms of features. The Pine comes with a 2.4-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels (it’s worn so that you’ll see it mostly in landscape mode), a 5-megapixel main rear-facing camera that you can use by detaching the smartphone piece out of the wristband and a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 (Cortex A5-based) processor. The coolest feature is, of course, the presence of a microSIM card slot, so you can simply insert your SIM card in the Pine and use it like a regular smartphone. The device comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, as well.

Since this is an Android-based device with a fairly large (for smartphone standards) display, its 810mAh battery really should last you around a day of use, so overnight charging seems like a must.

All in all, the Neptune Pine is clearly an experiment that will appeal to those craving a smartphone on their wrist (it literally looks like a miniature smartphone on a wristband!). If you are one of them, take a look at the Pine right below. You can also pre-order it for $335 by hitting the source link at the bottom.


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posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:20 1

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Not a bad watch, but Sony is gonna sue Neptune Pine (look at picture #6).

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:23 1

2. joey_sfb (Posts: 3275; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


What's wrong with pic 6?

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:25 2

3. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Looks like a Sony phone don't you think?

P.s. I know it's a watch, but the back of the watch (picture #6) looks like a Sony phone - XPERIA Z1.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:34

7. joey_sfb (Posts: 3275; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


No! Sony will need to jump off the cliffs if they ever made their phone so thick. Sony is all about slim and beautiful.

I ordered a Neptune pine btw so I hope its going to be good.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:01

17. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


why have you ordered one, these completely miss the point of smart watches...

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:45

27. joey_sfb (Posts: 3275; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I am withholding my opinion till I actually use one. Same with Sony smart watch and Samsung gear. I like to buy gadgets like these. Not going to stop for a foreseeable future.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:00

16. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 573; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I've never seen a company like Sony suing any other company. Can you provide me an example?

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:07 3

20. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Uh, no. Because I've never seen Sony sue any other company either. Japanese take things seriously, so they won't simply sue other company. Only the fruit will sue.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:12

22. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 573; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Fruit? You mean Apple?

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:13

23. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yeah, Apple = Fruit.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:22

26. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 573; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Just as I expected..... Judging from your profile pic, you're an Apple Hater. Isn't it?

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:53

29. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


'isn't it?' isn't correct vocab....just saying

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 05:04

30. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 573; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Sorry if my English is not too fluid.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 05:09 3

31. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Not really, I just don't like their attitude. They always sue, sue and sue. This is why I don't like Apple. But I like their Macbooks.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 05:21 2

32. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


...too bad they overpriced it. It's Apple, they overprice their products every time. This is also why I don't like Apple.

(PA, please fix the "can't edit comment after 240 seconds" thing.)

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:28 1

4. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


Please somebody help me, on my s4 mini i cant watch hd videos on youtube and my friend with the s4 can, settings are the same. What i need to do???

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:32 1

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2867; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


There should be no problem with playing any youtube HD video as I can play with my Galaxy Young. Check Settings and try again.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:38 1

9. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


I looked at settings and i didnt found anything useful can you help me please @itsdeepak4u2000

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:02 1

18. tech2 (Posts: 2477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


1. Do you see the HD option when you play the videos ?

2. See if you are running the latest update of youtube app. By going to playstore.

3. Go to Youtube settings > General > High quality of mobile. Tick the box.

4. Sometimes youtube doesn't play HD videos because of the internet speed. Try playing the video on Wifi with decent enough speed. (or use the same wifi as your friend's)

5. If all of that fails uninstall the latest update by going to Android Settings > Apps > All > Youtube > Uninstall updates. and try updating it again from playstore

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:17 1

24. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


i did all on your commands and nothing just an HQ is that because of my qHD screen resolution

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 05:50 1

34. tech2 (Posts: 2477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


hmmm.....its strange. There may be a possiblity of it something to do with your qHD resolution. Maybe youtube is preventing to run full HD since your phone resolution isn't HD.

Try installing a 3rd party youtube app and see if it plays HD videos in that app:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=​com.jrzheng.supertubeplayer

Is your phone rooted ?

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 08:25

37. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


nope!

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 08:45

40. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


thank you for helping me

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 06:48 1

35. tech2 (Posts: 2477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


There you go, mate ! I found the reason but not the solution.

The guy in the video says 'its because the phone doesn't support 720p resolution'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3vFwYJ9yEQ

If your phone is rooted you can use his method and get videos to run on HD.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:41 1

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 3275; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Many video has lip sync issue. Try this free ad-free video player.

Check out "DicePlayer"
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inisoft.mediaplayer.a

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 08:29

38. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


did you root your galaxy young

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:32 1

6. uchihakurtz (Posts: 278; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


It's probably your internet connection. Why are you asking it here??

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:49 1

14. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


We were connected on same network and s4 can reproduce HD and s4mini cant

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:36 1

8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Are you using mobile data (H+) to watch Youtube videos? It won't play HD videos unless you're using a faster mobile data connection or maybe something like LTE. If you're using WiFi, then maybe the internet connection is slow.

Or maybe your S4 Mini hates you. ;)

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:41 1

11. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


I am using wifi i live in croatia and we only have 4G not LTE here can somebody check settings on his phone and help me

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:48 1

13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I checked the settings on Youtube on my phone, and I can't find any HD related options, what I found is the "High quality on mobile" which it will start videos in high quality when connected to a mobile network.

Maybe your internet connection is slow. Try using your mobile data (4G LTE) to watch a HD video for a few seconds and see it's playing HD or not. If not, take it back to the Samsung store. Fyi, LTE is 4G.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:52 1

15. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


@xperiaDROID how much mbit/s i need to reproduce HD videos. And how my friend with the s4 can watch HD on same WI-FI

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:11 1

21. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I don't know about the mbit/s thingys. Deepak can play HD videos on his Galaxy Young, so your S4 Mini can definitely play HD videos.

Maybe tech2 can help you out, read comment #18.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:21 1

25. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


i'll go to the store where i bought it and ask why i cant do it thank you for helping me

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 05:48

33. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2867; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yes there might be some issues with your S4 mini (I think so as xperiaDROID said), I tried same on my friend's Xperia M dual, it asked for browsers (Chrome / Opera Mini / Stock browser), Youtube, TubeMate, etc. options to play the video.

Even I tried it on my other phone Wave II, and played successfully.

BTW I'm using 2G network. So I think network should not have any problem with playing any video.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 08:30

39. NEXUSDROID (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


do you root it

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 23:29

45. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2867; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nope I didn't. You just find and get different players on the Play Store, I think there should not be any problem. Try TubeMate.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:48

12. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Still don't see the point of a smart watch, still think they are a giant waste of money, and still think it's the dumbest thing i've ever seen

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 14:23

43. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 400; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


You must not have seen much in your short life.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 14:26

44. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 400; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


It looks like it ways more than most smartphones.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:02

19. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


I have had the pebble for a month now, completely worth it! The one thing the pebble gets though is to be an accessory to your phone not another phone, this completely misses that point and is just rubbish....

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 10:26

42. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1900; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


See, my feeling is the opposite. What's the point of having something that all it's gonna do is act as a secondary screen? When you bring your arm up to look at the display, you could almost as easily be bringing your smartphone from your pocket and looking at it's display. But here, you don't need to have a smartphone in your pocket as well. If it can make and receive calls and texts, along with snapping pics, maybe GPS nav, you could leave your smartphone or tablet at home and be okay. But right now it's a similar price and all they do is parrot your smartphone's notifications, whereas this has 2-3 times the functionality.

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 04:48

28. pyradark (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Waterproof?? If not
Same old useless as the galaxy watch!! You need to take it off if there's rain or you wash your hands!! More annoying is when unexpected things happen!!

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 07:10

36. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 802; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Finally my dream device arrives. A smartphone holder on my wrist would be nicer, but this is good enough

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 10:00

41. mrbtree98 (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


a local Australian company big w had something like this on sale that you could actually buy, for $180 you get a smart watch with sim card access and call capability. of course it's not as good as this (feature phone like os on the burg) but
a link if anyone wants to read up on it.
http://ausdroid.net/2013/12/13/burg-smart-watch-16-now-available-from-big-w-for-178/

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