Mio C220 - Official Launch
A few days ago the Mio C220 was seen on the Circuit City website, and now we have official word that the unit is being launched in the US, more broadly than just the single store.
The Mio C220 follows on the Mio C310x success in the marketplace of offering a basic GPS with good functionality at a rockbottom price. We have a lot of information on the Mio C310x here at GPSLodge, including a review. Of course, we will check out the C220 vs. the C310x.
Mio Technology announced the availability of an ultra-sleek, entry-level GPS device to meet increasing consumer demand for affordable and portable navigation. Following the success of the Mio DigiWalker C310x, the Mio DigiWalker C220 comes equipped with updated map data and is also competitively priced. We hope to have a Mio C220 in for a Review in the coming weeks.
“The explosive popularity of the Mio DigiWalker C310x during the holiday season and early this year demonstrates the demand for quality portable navigation devices at a reasonable price,” said Kiyoshi Hamai, North American sales director, Mio Technology Ltd. “We are confident that the Mio DigiWalker C220 will follow in the C310x’s footsteps; exceeding consumers’ expectations without breaking the bank.”
The Mio DigiWalker C220 is perfect for users who are new to GPS navigation or those looking for a second device for the family. At an MSRP of $249.95, the Mio DigiWalker C220 is a fantastic choice for a broad range of consumers, from college students leaving home for the first time to retirees heading to spring and summer locales.
The Mio DigiWalker C220 comes with U.S. maps (Alaska and Hawaii included) preloaded on an SD card, allowing users to simply remove the device from the box and go. Turn-by-turn voice and text navigation keeps the driver’s eyes on the road, whether receiving directions in English, French or Spanish. The Mio DigiWalker C220 also offers an anti-glare, 3.5-inch display so the sun will not interfere. And with more than 3.5 million points of interest, finding your way to a new cafe, watering hole, posh restaurant or sports arena is a snap.
The MSRP for the Mio DigiWalker C220 is $249.95 U.S. The device is available immediately at Comp USA , Circuit City, Fry’s Electronics, Staples and Pep Boys, as well as other national consumer electronics retailers.
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Posted by Scott Martin at April 11, 2007 4:23 PM
i bought the mio c220 a couple of weeks ago, when i just moved to bay area. i didn't know the place and i wanted a good gps device for a reasonable price. the c220 looked really sleek and cute compared to the lower end garmin/tomtom models. the maps are accurate and i have had no trouble moving around with this device. it did take some time for me to get used to the interface, but after that its so easy. the best part is, i dont have to keep track of the road at all. if i miss an exit or a turn, the c220 recalculates the route in a second and gives me the next direction. thats so cool. i love it.
you can create your own point of interests, edit the route with multiple stops and the c220 will optimize your itinerary. its so cool. cnets so dumb, they says the screen is not bright enough. that is not true. its clearly readable in the car. i dont know why people would want to show it to the sun and expect a lcd screen to produce results like a crt monitor. lol
It's really UNFORTUNATE that Mio Tech would issue a REPLACEMENT for the C310x so soon after that GPS unit was released.
Now the rest of us C310x owners will have to either wait for the Map update (since the included C310x map is dated 2005!) or junk the GPS and buy a New GPS model, Preferably from another RELIABLE company like Garmin!
Mio Tech REFUSES to answer any emails AND REFUSES to address when the NEW C310x Map update will be available.
Originally, the update was early spring of 2007 but, of course, it's LATE so many of us C310x owners are left to ponder "why did I waste my money on this darn unit with it's OUTDATED Maps?" or just grin and bear it until, OR IF, the company Finally releases the updated Map software!!!
NEVER will I, or other C310x owners, consider or buy another MIO product EVER AGAIN!!
Decent product but OUTDATED Maps and Lousy company service/support!!!