April 11, 2007

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

Recent Comments

If you buy this unit or any MIO unit you will find that you will be stuck with a very expensive paper weight. They have the lousiest support for their unit I have ever dealt with. The units are sold at a very low price but after a year or two you are stuck with an outdated unit and no way to fix your issue. My region has changed a lot since the unit was first released and their is no map update for this unit. Don't believe me look for it, you'll only find frustrated owners.

Posted by: Eli Marin at July 1, 2008 12:03 PM

do not buy a Mio product!!!! lots of map errors!!! buy a tomtom or other well known company. This one wont be around for long after seeing the problems I am having. Others must also. best way to get them off the market dont buy them... junk!!!!!!!

Posted by: steve at February 27, 2008 10:12 PM

where do you find map updates for mio c220??????

Posted by: steve at February 27, 2008 10:08 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

Posted by: abc at June 27, 2007 2:14 PM

the map updates are not an MIO issue.its an issue with teleatlas.i have the c220 with the latest teleatlas and it is truly azing for the price and i have had no problems with any features at all.also cnet said they could'nt reccomend the c220 because of the screen brightness but i disagree completely. all you have to do is adjust the setting and you can see everything just fine in any amount of sunlight

Posted by: tim at June 16, 2007 2:35 PM

Yes... 100% I agree.... Please through your money in DUST BIN... instead of buying any MIO products....




Posted by: jjj at June 15, 2007 5:30 PM

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!!!

Posted by: C310x owner at May 6, 2007 11:15 PM
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