May 1, 2007

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
  • Windshield Mount
  • 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
  • Recent Comments

    I think it is not worth buying this product. I had this MIO maps for sometime now. Last week suddenly I lost all the maps and all of my data on SD. I talked to customer service & was told that to replace the SD card it will cost me $50 + shipping & handling. They charge $70(+ shipping & handeling) for upgrades too.

    Posted by: Dilip at January 29, 2010 11:42 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 Calls to Mio don't help, they cannot tell me when a new update is coming, and yet, mine was outdated right out of the box.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.

    Posted by: Ozzie at May 7, 2008 10:31 AM

    @Ken - To do a return journey you can just go into the route menu, choose edit, then reorder the points to be in the opposite direction.

    Posted by: Rob at January 11, 2008 1:27 PM

    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!

    Posted by: Ken at December 30, 2007 11:53 AM

    I have Mio C220 Digi-Walker. I had a theft and need.
    CD Rom C220 Manual on CD ROM
    Mio C220 Quick Start Guide
    SD Card with Full US Maps I need an address to or website to purchase just these accessories.

    Posted by: Mike McGibbon at October 5, 2007 9:35 PM

    I have Mio C220 Digi-Walker. I had a theft and need.
    CD Rom C220 Manual on CD ROM
    Mio C220 Quick Start Guide
    SD Card with Full US Maps I need an address to or website to purchase just these accessories.

    Posted by: Mike McGibbon at October 5, 2007 9:34 PM

    In the review it states that there is a map of canada included. The unit bought in US Staples did not include the Canada map.

    Posted by: anonymous at June 8, 2007 3:59 PM

    Found this unit to be almost the same as my C310x without mp3 that I didn't use as often as I thought I would.
    I like the case color better.
    A little smaller in overall dimensions.
    Seems to start up and lock onto sattelites faster?

    Posted by: bikernut at May 5, 2007 7:43 AM
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