Android netbooks: i-Buddy and Skytone

by: James TromansApril 21, 2009
SkyTone Android Netbook

SkyTone Android Netbook

There seem to be at least two Android based netbooks knocking around at the moment. We have information on both the i-Buddie prototype, which is currently making its way around the blog sites, but also the Skytone Alpha-680 .

The i-Buddie news is based around a Youtube video (at the bottom of this post) by an Android and Linux enthusiast that goes by the name of leemgs. The video shows Android running on a 10.2 inch display, Intel Atom N270. The whole thing seems to run like a large G1 and overall the video leaves us slightly underwhelmed given the hype behind the Android netbook principle. But all is not lost. Skytone may have the answer with their $100 Android netbook offering.

Their website has recently been updated with the Alpha-680 available in a host of colours, including pink, yellow, and red. Now, Skytone have a history in children’s computing (evident in their corporate logo), and the Alpha-680 is really not much different. Aside from the optional connectivity options of ADSL, WiFi, and mobile internet (GPRS, CDMA,EDGE,WCDMA), the Alpha-680 sports up to 256MB DDR2 memory and up to 4GB of Nand Flash Memory. However, the selling factor for us is what appears to be a 7’’ SWIVEL TFT LCD screen that provides ‘true color’ and offers 800 x 480( WVGA) resolution. This is made complete with gaming-pad controls either side. Check the picture if you’re not clear what we’re talking about. Seriously, if they made this display a touch-screen instead there would certainly be something to shout about. Other specifications include an ARM11 533 MHz 32bit processor, 10/100 MB Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0 slots and SD/MMC card slot with support for SDHC.

Skytone are known for making Skype headsets, so there is certainly the possibility of good Skype integration. All this for $100?