Mio C220 in US
Mio has started the roll of new products for the warmer driving months ahead. They have the new C320 and C520 planned for later in the spring, but the new C220 snuck onto the Circuit City website and is officially listed at the Mio Euro site. The unit features the new Mio Map software, and most notably the new TeleAtlas map sets.
Update: The Mio C220 was officially announced. We hope to have a Mio C220 in for review in the coming weeks.
The new Mio Map software (still based on iGo backbone) adds a pretty upscale feature of predictive type ahead text. You start typing “Pine St”, and it only lights up the letters that can follow the letters you’ve already typed. Very nice. Magellan has had this for a while, and now we see this in more value oriented models.
The unit has a standard 3.5 inch screen, and a SiRF star III under the hood, being pushed by a Samsung 2440 400 MHz processor. Internal rechargeable battery, and pre-loaded maps round out the package.
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Posted by Scott Martin at April 10, 2007 1:16 AM
I have the C310x and have been waiting forever for map updates. So much so that I am considering buying this unit instead of the update. What I need to know is, is there enough room on the SD card to add Canada maps as well? I travel frequently to Canada and want to have both USA and Canada maps on the same SD without having to switch cards when I cross the border.
Does the job for $199!
Pros:Preloaded US maps, decent POI database
Cons:No text to speech, very low volume, usage not intuitive
Recently purchased the MIO C220 from Staples. They had it on sale for $199, with an additional $25 for a two year replacement plan. I bouth this unit for my trip to Southern California. My heart was stuck on the the Nuvi 360 for its text to speech, but couldn't afford the price tag.
The MIO actually surpassed my expectations. It's very accurate and route recalculations were right on. The device came with a 1GB memory disk that has the US map and POI database pre-loaded. The POI database is decent and well categorized.
The feature I found most useful and that mitigated the lack of 'text to speech' was the display of next maneuver on the top line. So when the voice says, "Take right in 100 yards", you can glance over the top line and know what street is being referred to.
Not the best GPS out there, but definitely the best GPS for that price.