August 20, 2007

Mio Digiwalker C520 Full Review

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The Mio C520 is Mio’s first foray into the widescreen market, riding on an updated and often times innovative operating system that may just be leading instead of following. The Mio C520 has a sleek design that is not some bargain block on a suction cup GPS, that on top of being good looking comes with a nice set of features. These features include a relatively bright widescreen, text to speech, Bluetooth handsfree capability, music and video playback and a good set of Points of Interest (POIs). The split screen capability (one that you can turn on and off) is innovative and may just represent a new way to interact with your GPS.

Admittedly, it's been a while since I got the Mio C520, but it has allowed me to check it out and overall enjoy the widescreen unit with its tabbed navigation screen quite a bit.

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August 13, 2007

Mio Digiwalker C230

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Mio has announced the new Mio C230 GPS at the IFA trade show in Berlin. No announcements about US availability, but look for this unit as the follow-up unit to the Mio C220 that took the value end of the market and created a solid performer where there were few. The C230 for Europe will include MioMap v3 and with Tele Atlas maps of the 22 countries in Western Europe, the C230 remains extremely affordable and is perfect for users who are new to GPS navigation or those looking for a second device for the family. Mio was criticized for the dim screen on the Mio C220, which I found acceptable, but not overly luxurious in brightness in my review of the C220, so I would hope and expect that they improve the screen brightness in the new edition.

Let’s hope for a follow-up announcement for the US soon. Then of course I can get a Mio C230 in for a review as soon after that announcement as possible.

Via Mio Press Release

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August 7, 2007

Mio C620 and C620T

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Mio is set to announce the Mio C620 widescreen GPS unit at the upcoming IFA show in Berlin starting August 21st. The models will feature a new MioMap interface that includes an updated 3D capability that contains models of landmarks and other key features. See example of handheld screen shot here. We wrote about this new iGo software (the underlying software for Mio Map) back in March.

Much like the current Mio C520 the Mio C620 will have split screen capability, and will provide you with a lot of extra information utilizing the extra real estate of the widescreen.

The model will also come through as the Mio C620T, which will add a TMC traffic capability.

No word on when these will ship, but expect them before the holidays.

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July 17, 2007

Mio C310x Map Updates Available - NOW!

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The Mio C310X firmware and Map update is available for purchase. We broke the news in late June, and are available for ordering now at the Mio website. I just ordered mine in a pretty painless checkout process; total cost is $24.90 with shipping. This is a thank you offering by Mio who I am sure pulled some strings to offer the maps at this price to those folks who helped put them on the map per se when they bought the Mio C310x.

From their website:
"Upgrading your device is simple! Once you receive the DVD just open the Quick Start Guide and follow along with our simple update process. There are only two steps: 1) Update Firmware and 2) Update Maps (this step updates the mapping software and map data all in one step)."

Follow this link to get started with the Mio C310X Map Upgrade DVD Ordering process.


  • More information on the Mio C310x
  • GPS Lodge Review of the Mio C310x

    Also see my Review of the New Mio C220; I also have the new widescreen Mio C520 in for review.

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  • July 12, 2007

    Mio Digiwalker C220 Review

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    PC Mag has a nice review up on the Mio C220 and overall they seem to like it. Recall that the Mio C220 is a value oriented model that can be bought for less than $200 online. With a price like that, you'll get an entry level GPS without text to speech, and without media players, but what you will get is a solid unit with good routing.

    In my use of the Mio C220, I liked it and thought it did well for its price range when I wrote up my review on the Mio C220 about a month ago. In the PC Mag review they say "As a portable navigation system with an entry-level price, the Mio DigiWalker C220 has a number of surprising features, including good POI handling, support for locating traffic cameras, multisegment routing, and track logs. If you're in the market for a portable navigation system but on a limited budget, it would make an excellent choice."

    I think they pretty much nailed it.

  • More Information on the Mio Digiwalker C220 or go straight to my review of the Mio C220.

    ReadMore at PCMag

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  • June 28, 2007

    Mio C220 & C520 Launch in Australia

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    Not wanting to limit the party to just a few countries in the Northern Hemisphere, Mio has launched the Mio C220 and the Mio C520 down under. Things appear to be a re-application of what's available in the US, as I would expect.

    More at Mio Australia

    Via

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    June 7, 2007

    Mio C310x vs Mio C220 Comparison

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    The Mio C220 is the fresh new face on the marketplace for Mio who hopes to capitalize on the successes of the Mio C310x half-generation redesign of the original Mio C310 that had an inferior interface. Mio is firmly locked in a battle among the better-known brands for the share of the quickly expanding GPS market. While you might know them best for value models, they are also coming out with higher end models later this year; they announced these at CES 2007. I thought that while the Mio C310x is still hanging around the market I would tell you my thoughts on how it compares to the Mio C220, because both are priced roughly the same in some online retailers.

    I’ll cut to the chase; I like the Mio C220 better than the Mio C310x. See below for why.

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    June 3, 2007

    Mio C220 Full Review

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    Hands On Review by GPSLodge.com


    Update: Check out my Father's Day Buying Guide - Includes the Mio C220

    The Mio C220 comes to the US for 2007 and it fits right into a growing stable of value priced GPS units that are available on the market today. Mio made a splash on the market when they blew the doors off Black Friday last year and went on to sell thousands of Mio C310x units. The C220 is a follow-up model that tries to update and compete at the ~$200 price point, which I will tell you already, it does well. The Mio C220 is the anchor in an ever-growing line of GPS units that were previewed at the CES 2007 including the forthcoming C320 and C520 widescreen units. I am looking forward to reviewing them too.


    For a full list of my Full Reviews of GPS units; Click - GPSLodge.com Hands On Reviews


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    June 1, 2007

    Mio Digiwalker C520

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    The Mio C520 was officially announced near the end of May after being posted to a retailer site ahead of the release. Mio has stepped up since their true market debut last holiday season with the Mio C310X, a unit that pretty much blew the doors off a lot of retail stores when it was being sold for $149. The Mio C520 was previewed at CES 2007, and launched in Taiwan ahead of the US.

    The Mio C520 has a 4.3-inch widescreen format that can either offer extra map display capabilities, or it offers you the ability to use the extra real estate to display information about your upcoming turns along your route. The Mio C520 is a text to speech model that speaks street names. This is definitely a step up from the Mio C310x or the Mio C220. The C520 also has Bluetooth capabilities for a handsfree conversation using your Bluetooth enabled phone. The press release also talks about the ability to push audio to Bluetooth headphones for watching/listening to media played on the Mio C520.

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    May 21, 2007

    Mio C520 Officially Announced

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    The Mio C520 was officially announced today with more details of its capability. I am looking forward to doing a review of the Mio C520 over the next few weeks after seeing this. Not only is the unit a widescreen GPS which is where a lot (all?) manufacturers are heading these days. The unit is listed at $399, but can be had already at some decent discounts, and I recently saw it at Circuit City for mid-$300’s.

    The Mio C520 has a widescreen format that can either offer extra map display capabilities, or it offers you the ability to use the extra real estate to display information about your upcoming turns along your route. The Mio C520 is a text to speech model that speaks street names. This is definitely a step up from the Mio C310x or the Mio C220. The C520 also has Bluetooth capabilities for a handsfree conversation using your Bluetooth enabled phone. The press release also talks about the ability to push audio to Bluetooth headphones for watching/listening to media played on the Mio C520.

    Also available at Amazon or more information at the Mio Website.

    Press Release Follows….

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