The self-proclaimed first “standalone, full-featured” smartwatch, the Neptune Pine, is no longer a what-if Kickstarter venture, it’s reality, as a batch of the project’s early endorsers are now delivered the actual end products.
Why compromise, shrink, fork and rework when you can just shrink? That was likely the nutshell pitch that started the Neptune Pine concept, and as crazy as the idea of a 2.4-inch Android smartphone for one’s wrist sounded to many, the gigantic wearable device received tremendous online support.
Over 2,800 hardcore tech geeks paid to help make the Neptune Pine reality, with funds collected topping $800,000. And now the most generous, swiftest backers are getting their rewards, in the form of neatly packaged, ready to use Pines.
Due to high demand and unexpected public encouragement, a second group of Kickstarter sponsors will only receive their commercial units “by November”. As for the general, non-Kickstarter-adherent public interested in the gargantuan timepiece, a pre-order page is at everyone’s disposal, with estimated shipping dates circling October.
Just be ready to cough up a lot more than you’d spend on, say, Samsung’s Gear Live or LG’s G Watch. Namely, $349 on the 16 GB version, or $449 on the 32 GB configuration.
Yes, you read that right, the higher-end Neptune Pine config packs 32 gigs of internal storage space, along with, get this, a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 512 MB RAM and 810 mAh battery. Quite a Speedy Gonzalez, and remember, the biggest selling point here is independent voice call support.
In other words, you might as well ditch your handheld and use this as both a watch and a phone. Too bad there’s no direct Google Play access to go with that sleek pre-loaded modified copy of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. And yes, you’re definitely going to look ridiculous if you decide to wear the Pine around your wrist.