June 20, 2006

Update: Mio 350 and Mio 550 PDA GPS

We wanted to pass on more information on the Mio P350 and Mio P550 PDA GPS units available in Europe. The Mio P350 and P550 were leaked, and then announced earlier this year. The units come loaded with a fair number of goodies on top of a Windows Mobile platform which allows you to use the full functionality of such applications as Pocket Office: Power Point, Excel, Word and Outlook. With synchronization you’ll be able to bring your MS documents with you as well as your contacts from Outlook. I am sure you’ll be able to find plenty of games online too if you get bored.

Both the Mio P350 and P550 come with expandable memory in the SD format (up to 2 GB). This will allow you to take a lot of data with you on the road – e-books, music, documents and more. Internally, both the Mio P350 and the Mio P550 have 64MB of RAM. They run on a 400Mhz processor from Samsung that should help you move through your navigation and daily tasks pretty quickly.

Mio got it right when they loaded the units up with the SiRF star III GPS chipset for higher accuracy in tough conditions and low power consumption (Want to learn more about SiRF star III? See our article – “What is SiRF star III”). What’s a little alarming is that the unit does not appear to ship with navigational software. The web says, “Because the [unit] is compatible with any Windows Mobile 5 software, you can use it for off road navigation. Just load the software you prefer and go.” This would open you up to investigate using other software like TomTom NAVIGATOR 5. (Although TomTom’s website does not yet list the Mio 350 and Mio 500 as compatible with the NAVIGATOR 5 software – I would imagine it would be soon.) Now we have heard that some units are shipping with Mio Map, so you should be careful when you look into buying one.

The Mio P550 adds Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi connectivity (802.11b+g).

Both the Mio 350 and Mio 550 have onboard mono microphone and a small built in speaker. In case that’s not quite enough, they have a headphone jack too. The 3.5 inch screen has a 320 x 240 pixel resolution in 65,000 colors.


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Posted by Scott Martin at June 20, 2006 9:52 AM

Recent Comments

I am still pleased with my PDA, having had it since the beginning of 2007.

But why can I not get an adobe programme on it - wondows mobiler 5 says I should be able to, and why is here no download to support youtube? I get signs up in Hungarian saying my 'handset' apparently most softwares cannot recognise the difference between an phone and a pocket PC - that youtube is not supported by my - handset.

And practically eversthing seems to be incompsatibel with it, only I don't get told until after I have safely download it.


Posted by: nexus7 at September 24, 2009 7:28 PM

I have a MiO P350 and I am using in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, but I having many problems because my gps get lost the position all the time. When I start the gps works very well in the begin and only few minutes, when I start move the car, less than 1 km start create more or less 20 meters offset, that makes the software positioning my car in a wrong street and start give me wrong informations. I would like to know, if is it normal? and if is possible connect a external antena device in the pda and install this antenna in my car to get a better signal. If is possible, how can I do this installation? I am really disappointed with this device.
Someone can help me???
Regards,
Fernando


Posted by: Fernando at September 25, 2007 4:51 AM

i have a mio c210. wich i use dailey but i now have approblem. it now will not work of my plug in conectore as sleave in my unit as come lose. where do i send it for repair


Posted by: james schofield at June 27, 2007 2:55 PM

for those of you who cant seem to register using
(WWW.mio-tech.be/register) try using
WWW.mio-tech.be i used this ok


Posted by: alby at June 2, 2007 3:59 PM

How do i unlock the device (P350) without the use of the pen?
The thin screen that MIO uses is broken after an accident and i need to unlock it so that i can use it with the center button .


Posted by: Basil at June 2, 2007 1:03 PM

Getting to know some of the "quirks" of my new P350, having got so used to my 168!The thing bugging me right now is the assignment of buttons option.After assigning them (including one for launching Co-Pilot6),the assignment for no obvious reason stops, including the joystick for my SatNav volume control.I have to do a soft re-set and re-assign.Any suggestions?


Posted by: PierreM at May 25, 2007 11:54 AM

How do I get past the password screen of my recently purchased P350 PDA.It keeps rejecting my password and all combinations but I cannot restore back to factory settings unless I get past this screen?


Posted by: PierreM at May 20, 2007 8:26 AM

i have a mio c210 and wish to know if i can set it to use post codes and if so how


Posted by: james schofield at March 13, 2007 4:26 PM

I got a P350 yesterday. Forget to use it out of the box. There's no printed manual. Only on CD and for MioMap (which was part of my deal) even only on their website. But this was not the most annoying part. That came only, when I connected the device to my Desktop. Any of my mp3-players and digital cameras do better than this 'PDA'! You need to install MS-Outlook and ActiveSync, even if you have nothing else in mind but copying data to and from. And the bad thing is that this even does not work! After hours on different websites and disabling firewalls and the like, not only the transfer get's stuck with every second file, but even my desktop computer was messed up a couple of times so that only a re-boot dit revive it. Not something to buy and have fun with!!! I even had bad dreams about it!Some 'features': The 'manual' comes as a pdf-file but there's no reader on the device to open it! (Am I supposed to carry my desktop with me, to read that manuals?). I copied some of my favorite music to the device just to find out that non of my headphone-plugs will fit into the devices connector. Neither do they deliver an adaptor or earphones in the box. MPEG movies do not play on the devise (only my few wmv files do). The map-software: Couldn't find any options to save and retreat routes or adresses or POIs. Well, you can 'backup' but if you reload that, everything else you did inbetween will be gone. I would not really want to call this 'easy managing'... I've just one word for this all: ANNOYING!!!


Posted by: Pat Warborg at February 23, 2007 4:45 AM

I have a mio p350 and from the beginning i have a problem.

Many times the device is not response on taps or even worse is not open.

I find a download path on the www.mio-tech.be and after i instal is more worse.
Now exept is not open many times is discharge the batery.
After many expirimental i find some stopgap solutions.

1st) You must NOT enable the auto lock device in settings/system/sysInfo/autolock (that is the problem for the stuck and hard opens )

2ond) The problem with the activsync on that device (and yes i am sure is not problem from firewall e.t.c.) is just after it lose the conection with the pc is not close and start again from the begining like other devices.( i try on htc p3300 )
Well the stopgap solution for that is you must unplug the usb and must goin manualy to settings/system/memory/running programs and stop from there.
After that you can plug again the usb and 80% it works.(if not you must soft reset whith not plunget the usb )

I hope to help some people.
sorry for my english but i work with a dictionary.


Posted by: John_greece at February 13, 2007 4:21 PM

For Kahl - did you find a solutiuon? I've got the same problem with a locked creen which won't unlock: I managed to get into it, did a clean boot as suggested, lost all my own installed software but still have the locked screen. Soft resets make no difference - I'm stuck. till now it's been excellent, but if it stays like this it's going back to them.


Posted by: David at December 1, 2006 2:19 AM

I bought it 2 weeks ago and it is a good device so far.
But since yesterday the screen is not responding on taps. A reset and switching off for a few hours did not help. Is there a possibility to switch to factory defaults somehow. The main problems is I can not input anything. But I can still connect with active sync.


Posted by: Kahl at November 7, 2006 4:10 AM

I bought a P550 with MioMap V3 from globalpositionsystems.co.uk and after a week started having problems with the PDA simply not coming on intermittently, despite being fully charged. I e-mailed the gps technical help and TEN DAYS LATER e-mailed again and called them. I discovered they have ONE PERSON manning all of their support issues and then the MioMap software started crashing out so I have returned the item. a shame as I was very pleased overall with this my first PDA/GPS combo piece of kit.


Posted by: Paul Hatcher at November 3, 2006 6:33 AM

I have a p550 and have found that the A2DP profile is incomplete. You cannot stream audio to a bluetooth headset (MS Stack instead of Broadcom). Even though the firmware specifies the the AKU is installed to support this, it does not. Mio support is terrible and they will not reply. Other then that it is a great pda, too bad the support is so bad.


Posted by: sam at October 2, 2006 9:20 PM

Has someone seen a test, or have a Mio 550 PDA with the gps in english?
I have been looking all over the web for it, and i cannot find a single word about it, exept from the specifications.
Any information will be mutch appriciated.


Posted by: Per-Olav Tryti at September 25, 2006 8:08 AM

I made a posting yesterday and wish to know where I can read it and of course any new postings relating to the MIO P350 please?


Posted by: Terence Taylor at August 2, 2006 4:56 AM

I am experiencing a problem with MIO P350 – and fear that I have been sold a ‘dummy’! Your reviews, posted June 20th and on July 8th , do not exactly inspire confidence in this product either. Those read earlier promised a powerful PDA+GPS at a reasonable price (I have 512Mb sd and would have acquired the maps later BUT….

When switched on it does not progress beyond ‘align screen’ – “Tap the target….” and it stops at centre after progressing around 4 corners and repeats over. There is little to help on either CD supplied. The 100 page User Manual advises to reset pc which I have done – with the same result. I was unable to contact Craig Flanagan on craigf@aria.co.uk or register the product as advised on ‘www.mio-tech.be/register’ ?

Their website www.mio-tech.com is unhelpful.
I have just received a reply to my latest ‘hotmail’ from Ariapc advising me to ring their Customer Service line AGAIN but am left ‘on hold’ on this ‘0870’ number – no technical support on ‘09’ either. What next?

I am new to ‘handhelds’ and have found Microsoft ActiveSync (the other disk ‘P350 Getting Started’) and confirm that a Office toolbar (essential) appears on RH side of my monitor, containing icons ‘New Office Document’, ‘Open Office Document’ and ‘Microsoft Word’ – these are contained in a folder ‘Microsoft Office Tools’ which I have never accessed until now. I have AVG 7.1, Ad Aware SE Personal and Spybot S&D 1.4 which should have been disabled on my computer whilst installing ActiveSync 4.0?


Posted by: Terence Taylor at August 1, 2006 12:48 PM

I got it and it's a great unit!!! Hardly bigger than a Palm zire71, the unit fits great in the hand... Screen resolution is lower than some Palms but hardly a problem, it's big enough!

The cons...

The software seems slow (at launch and some operations).

The unit needs a good reset every day and crashes happen once a week also. But rarely when using it, it's usually between the auto-lock (more about this after), and when the 550 wakes up.

Tip:
Keep the auto-lock on or the on button which is ill-placed will wake up your MIO and deplete the battery at any time!!! To activate auto-lock, go to settings, system, sysinfo, auto-lock and activate it.

The unit itself is really awesome. The Pocket PC software is not (a mix of win3.11 and over complicated or badly placed buttons (like the close button which is too small). Other annoying features of the OS is that it beeps all the time or wakes up for no reason when linked by USB...

Overall the unit is GREAT but it doesn't get an A in design or stability.

Also the GPS is very very slow to capt it's triangulation! This really sucks in the city. An external antena (as provided in previous models) showed a immediate GPS response, this compared to the long (sometimes more than 10 on a cloudy day!) minutes waiting for a signal otherwise...


Posted by: MonsieurX at July 8, 2006 1:17 AM
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