The Neptune Pine is a smartphone that is squeezed into a watch form factor – a fairly large watch. Unlike the Wime Nanowatch or the Pebble Smart Watch, it does not pair with your phone as it is a smartphone on its own.
It has a humongous 2.5″ touch screen display. I had an old smartphone that had a 2.8″ screen so I am imagining strapping that to my wrist. On the other hand, a 2.5″ touch screen is a little too tiny to navigate properly using a touch interface. Imagine trying to input text using an on screen keyboard. You can pop out the Neptune Pine and use both hands but in my opinion, if the stand alone smart watch is to be become popular form factor, it needs to come up with an innovative and easy way to input text.
It is powered by a 1 GHz single core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, the display resolution is 432 x 240 and it has WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. You can plug in headphones but it would make more sense to use a Bluetooth headset instead. It even has a 5MP camera and a heart rate monitor.
The Neptune Pine is expected to sell for $335 sometime in Q3 of 2013. Would you be interested in something like the Neptune Pine that combines both your watch and phone into a single device or is something like the Pebble that acts as an extension of your smartphone be more of an ideal device? Please leave your comments below.