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Mio C520 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator

by Mio
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  • Portable and accurate GPS navigator complete with full TeleAtlas maps of the US and 4.3-inch TFT LCD touch-screen display
  • Features digital music player and photo viewer, hands-free Bluetooth calling, and safety camera warnings with updates for 1-year
  • Clear voice instructions in 16 languages give you turn-by-turn guidance so you can keep your eyes on the road
  • Includes 6 million POIs, 1 GB of memory, SD/MMC card slot, USB 2.0 port, built-in speaker and headphone jack
  • Weighs 6.7 ounces, measures 4.9 x 3.2 x 0.78 inches (W x H x D), and is backed by a manufacturer's 1-year warranty
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  • Brand Name: Mio
  • Model Number: 526216470101
  • Receiver Description: 20 channel
  • Display Size: 4.3 inches
  • Native Resolution: 480 x 272
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Perfect for any road trip, the Mio Digiwalker C520 Portable Car Navigation System is an easy-to-use, portable GPS navigator. Both affordable and stylish, the Mio C520 makes it easier than ever to get where you are going, even when you aren't quite sure where that might be. Boasting fast and accurate GPS reception, top-notch mapping, and a comprehensive POI (Points of Interest) database, this GPS navigator helps make sure that every journey you take is a good one.

Ready to go virtually straight out of the box, the Digiwalker C520 comes complete with full TeleAtlas maps of the US so you don't need to make any additional purchases to get out on the road. All you have to do is power the navigator on, insert the SD card, clip it on to the included car mount and you are ready to go anywhere. Larger menu icons combine with a brighter user-friendly wide-screen display to make navigating the intuitive user interface a breeze. Intelligently designed, the wide-screen display has a split-screen function that lets you see the full map view on one side, and a selection of route information on the other, so you don't have to quit the navigation screen to make changes. Clear voice instructions are provided in up to 16 languages including English, French and Spanish, giving you turn-by-turn guidance so you can keep your eyes on the road while you drive. For added safety, the C520 also enables hands-free calling when used with a Bluetooth-enabled phone.

Designed to be completely portable, the C520 easily travels from car to car, pocket to bag, or suitcase to briefcase. For this purpose, this unit is constructed with an internal GPS antenna that will not catch or snag, and has a semi-gloss finish that resists wear so your navigator stays looking as good as it performs. Containing over 3.5-million POIs such as restaurants, hotels, gas stations and more, you are never more than a few keystrokes away from your destination. Simply select the category of your desired location, make your choice from the provided list, and you are ready to find just about anything you are looking for, giving you a local expert as a traveling companion. As an added convenience, the Mio C520 tells you the likely locations of fixed safety cameras and mobile traps, and includes free safety-camera updates from Mio's website for a full year from the time you register. More than just a navigator, this unit lets you listen to your favorite digital music or to have a look through your latest digital photos as well. When the MP3 player and photo viewer is used with the SD/MMC memory card slot, you can play all your stored music and look at your favorite snapshots, or show them to other people, all while on the road.

The Mio Digiwalker C520 utilizes a 4.3-inch transreflective LCD touch-screen display with full color and 480 x 272 pixels of resolution for easy at-a-glance information. This unit includes 64 MB of on-board SDRAM, with 1 GB of memory built in, and infinitely expandable memory via the built-in SD/MMC card slot. The GPS receiver is a high-sensitivity, 20-channel SiRFstar III with complete accuracy and quick refresh times. The C520 includes a USB 2.0 connector, a built-in speaker, a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, and an internal rechargeable 1,300 mAh lithium-ion battery. The included cradle doesn't just hold your navigator, but will also charge the battery while you drive when connected to the power cable. Combined with the windshield mount, this cradle forms a very solid device holder, providing investment security and preventing vibrations. The Mio Digiwalker C520 portable car navigator weighs 6.7 ounces, measures 4.9 x 3.2 x 0.78 inches (W x H x D), and is backed by a manufacturer's one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
Mio Digiwalker C520 portable navigator, device holder, windshield mount, AC power adapter, DC in-vehicle power adapter, USB cable, CD/DVD with MioMap, CD/DVD with user's manual, SD card with complete US map, license agreement, information booklet, mount installation guide, quick start guide and warranty information.

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Item Weight6.4 ounces
Product Dimensions4.9 x 3.1 x 0.8 inches
Item model number526216470101
Display Size4.3 inches
Display Resolution480 x 272
Battery Life5 hours
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Best Sellers Rank #164,521 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.6 pounds
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Date First AvailableFebruary 8, 2007
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152 of 154 people found the following review helpful By nagappa on August 5, 2007
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==== UPDATE October 2, 2007 ====
I bought a Nav-Mat Portable GPS Dash Mount for use in trips to California, where it is illegal to attach a GPS to your windshield. The Nav-Mat bean bag mount simply works great with the Mio C520 and is very stable. Check out the picture under customer images.

==== UPDATE August 21, 2007 ====
The following statement was in my original review and has been removed: "If you plan to use it in Europe, just Google "MioMap V3.3 Western Europe for Mio C220 - C320 - C520" and you should find some UK vendors who sell the SD card."

The fact is that although there are vendors in UK who sell the Europe map, the current Europe maps cannot be used in US/Canada models of C520 due to a license issue. Sorry if this caused confusion. Please read the forums at mionav dot com for updates on this issue.

==== UPDATE August 16, 2007 ====
I updated MioMap to the July 5, 2007 version, still v3.3, following the directions in MioNav dot com, which is linked to the Mio topics in the gpspassion dot com forums. (Search for the topic "Updates for miomap V3.3 are available" and you will find a link to download "MioMap V3 Updater for C320 and C520" from Mio's European website).

This update cures the stuttering problem reported in some earlier versions of MioMap. It also adds a Mute button on the map screen under the Bluetooth button. It does not update the maps or POI data, and leaves the History intact.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2007
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The Mio C520 is my first standalone GPS. I've used others on laptops, cell phones, PDAs and the like, but this is the first dedicated unit I've tried.

I was sorely tempted by the Garmin models, but figured that I really didn't need a more expensive unit for my relatively limited needs, knowing that I could return it to Amazon if it wasn't suitable.

I don't think I'll be returning the Mio C520.

Physically, it's a very attractive unit, about 3 by 5 inches and perhaps a half-inch thick. It slips easily into a shirt pocket. (Mio, by the way, does not provide any kind of case or protecetive sleeve. I would strongly urge you acquire a screen protector immediately and an inexpensive belt case.) This portability is a major plus because the 6 million item POI (Points Of Interest) library is truly blowaway caliber. If you've ever been a stranger in a city, particularly with a sign restriction, finding a place to eat can be a major hassle - not with this little hummer. Just about any category of goods, services and conveniences are represented. Some of the listings can be strange, such as the inclusion of McDonald's under Mexican restaurants. But on the whole, the POI catalog is a major selling point for the C520.

The 4.3 inch display is excellent. Like almost all devices, it is difficult to read in direct bright sunlight, but performs quite well in all other situations. The information display, if you choose to use it, is excellent.

Even indoors, I had no trouble getting quick satellite fixes. As I write this, I am sitting indoors about ten feet from the windows and have solid fixes on six satellites. Outdoors in obstruction free areas, there is no problem.

Route calculation so far has proven to be quite good.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Hess on July 16, 2007
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I have had my Mio C520 for 3 weeks and driven over 3500 miles with it---from Rochester, NY to southern West Virginia to Topsail, North Carolina and back. I also used it on a trip from Rochester, NY to Washington, D.C. and back. This is my second GPS. My first was a Navman ICN 510.

I researched this purchase very carefully. I read practically every review that I could find of practically every GPS model currently on sale. I also spent at least a couple of hours "playing" with the various models in Circuit City.

This review is only of the GPS functions. I have no need of the bluetooth or multimedia functions and have not used them.

I am very satisfied with my purchase and highly recommend the C520. I believe it to be the best GPS for the money currently available.

I was amazed when I found that I could get a GPS signal inside of Circuit City (I was nowhere near a window). Acquisition of a signal was always relatively fast (I always shut it down to "standby" mode). Route recalculations were very fast. The unit never once locked up. (My Navman did all the time).

The Mio C520 easily beats all competing GPS models in terms of the amount of information readily available onscreen. Its split screen has Garmin, TomTom, and Magellan beat hands down. I particularly liked being able to view the map and the next 5 turns at the same time.

The navigation menus are intuitive, quick and very easy to use. I highly recommend reading the 9 page paper manual. It will get you up to speed very quickly. The predictive keyboard (a feature Magellan also has) is wonderful! The menus for various settings are not as intuitive or easy to use. Mio could clean these "settings" menus up some more.
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