Mio C220 Arrives for Review
The new Mio C220 arrived for review at the GPS Lodge, as the new generation of Mio GPS systems are starting to take to the US market. The Mio C220 will follow in the footsteps of the popular Mio C310x that made a splash last year during the holiday shopping season, and continues to be an economical favorite today. The Mio C220 has a lot going for it vs the Mio C310x, as it too is a small, flat form factor, but the C220 comes with the much awaited TeleAtlas map upgrades that fill in a lot of holes in the map set. I’ll tell you already that my street is finally on the GPS unit, after having the conversation a year ago with a gentleman who was driving the TeleAtlas truck, mapping streets in our area.
The Mio C220 comes with a SiRF star III chipset, and a 3.5-inch touchscreen. The mapset is for the entire US, not Canada, and fits nicely on the included SD card. The POI dataset is a decent size, coming in at 3.5 million points. The POI points have phone numbers for the locations, although I noticed already that the Post Offices in the area all have the same fake phone number “xxx-000-1111”. Whoops TeleAtlas. I checked a dozen other local (non-post office) sites and they looked fine. Looking forward to trying this out.
What’s in the Box – Mio C220
Mio C220 GPS unit
12 volt power cord
Dash mount adhesive disk
SD Card with Full US Maps
C220 Manual on CD ROM
Mio C220 Quick Start Guide
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Posted by Scott Martin at May 1, 2007 11:13 AM
I like this unit, but just recently have started to find some shortcomings. Having just moved, I need it more than ever, and I am finding streets that are not listed in the database. New streets I can understand, but some of these streets have been in place for 7 years or more! It puts house's up to a 1/2 mile away from their actual locations. The speed reminder doesn't work at all. Calls to Mio don't help, they cannot tell me when a new update is coming, and yet, mine was outdated right out of the box.
Overall, it's easy to use, and handles the abuse I give it(I use it in a car and on a motorcycle) with nary a glitch. I had the 310X for a while(stolen) and the maps were actually more current on that.
I like the product, but the customer service leave a lot to be desired.
My C220 does just about everything the C230 does. I have yet to call Tech Service for a problem and the User Manual (84 Pages) explains all the "bells and whistles". My one complaint is lack of instructions! It doesn't tell you how to enter a destination in a simplified 1,2,3, manner. If you put in a destination and do a run through it occurs in "real time" which is way too long. I would like to have the ability (and I'm not sure I don't because of lack of simple intructions) to hit one or two buttons to be able to return from my destination to my "home". When you're finished at your destination and begin the return trip the unit is constantly making recalculations to "turn you around" and get you back to the last destination. Very Frustrating!