Mio C230 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator
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- 3.5" touchscreen interface displays real-time maps and also travel status information (time of arrival, distance to destination and travel time)
- Pre-loaded maps of US (All 50 states and Puerto Rico)
- High quality, English language, Text-to-Speech
- Nearly 1 million Points of Interest (POI)
- Slim-edge form factor
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Mio Digiwalker C230 is a stylish, affordable, and easy to use solution. Featuring pre-loaded maps of the U.S. (Including all 50 states and Puerto Rico), and real time Text-to-Speech, the C230 delivers incredible performance at an unbelievable price point.
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You can enter address either by state / city / street; or you can use zip code / street; very nice feature. Any address you input will be automatically stored in the history and you can retrieve it at any time; you can also copy everything to the SD card and store it in your computer or use the data in another Mio, cool. If you don't have the address but know where your destination is on the map, you can touch that point on the map, and the Mio will take you there.
There is also an icon for "Home" where you can store your home address, by clicking it, the Mio will take you home, a similar one is for "work". You can rename both if needed.
The detailed information available on the screen in "cockpit mode" is impressive, on the upper left corner it shows the next maneuver (an arrow going right or left), below that it shows the distance to that maneuver and the estimated time of arrival to your final destination. Next to that you have four icons to zoom in and out on the map, and to change the view from 2 to 3 dimensions and vise versa. Another nice feature is the pedestrian mode, in that mode; the Mio will take you thru the shortest route ignoring the traffic direction of one way streets. You can customize the Mio for brighter screen or to get louder if you reach a specific speed; routing can be customized to shortest, fastest or economical. You can avoid Toll roads, U turns, unpaved roads, Highways, etc.
The Text to Speech feature is also a definite plus. The only thing that I really don't like in the Mio C230 is the very limited number of POI's (about 900K), you will hardly be able to find anything in there, Mio needs to do smoothing about that limitation. However, you can add you own POI's to the data base if you know the address.
In short, if you don't need the MP3/Photo player, or the blue tooth; then the Mio C230 is the one for you. It is a great basic GPS, loaded with features that may not be available on other big name brands. Impressive signal reception, bright screen, clear TTS voice, nice design, pocket size, at an unbeatable price.
It's good in the sun, and the voice to text is easy to understand.
The cons are that the maps arn't all that good, it thinks my own home is at the other end of my street and it think my friends house is on a road that is still unpaved (it was paved 20 years ago). I know this is probably a database error and not thier fault entirely, but it still exists in thier product.
The other thing is that the directions arn't always the best ones. Google maps almost always gives you better directions. You will get to where you want to go, just not the quickest or most convinient way. On one route I normally take it wants me to go past the highway on ramp on my side of the road, go down the road a ways, make a u-turn, head on back on the other side of the road, and take the on ramp on that side. How did it come up with such an assinine route? You have to use this device with a bit of your own common sense thrown in.
I also use this for geocaching and it's great for that, since it's so good in the sun.
All in all not a bad buy but I just wish the menu was easier to use and the unit was easier to mod yourself as well. As it is now you can't make up routes in the computer and transfer them to the unit for example.
At that time, i can't decide which one to choose, Mioc230 or Garmin C340 (about 200$), with so similar price and functions. GarminC340 has a bad cons, the action prompt is delayed. that means, it will give you prompt just when you are at the crosssection, dangerous. Some people says even Garmin C330 has no such shortcoming. Finally i went to MioC230, 50$ less, but working great.
Very bright showing, important for driving under strong sunlight. Saying street name. Nice pronunciation, about three prompts before take action. the last prompt is about 150yards before turning. It it very interesting that it will prompt you keep left or right, such that you are well-prepared to turn when you come to the crosssection.
Some people says the interface is not friendly, I don't think so. You don't even need to setup anything at the first run. When you want it to guide you on road, turn on the power(red button), click the menu at the left-bottom side, click the address or click the history if you did go there before, input the address. After it is done, it will come back the first screen(the starting screen when you turn on the power), click route to. it is ready to take you what you want. See, it is very simple.
It is very interesting that you don't have to input the full street name, couple initial letters may be enough, for example input irv, it will recognize it is irvine. It can only store two address on favarite, home and work, actually, you can find it in the history, so you don't have to input again, very convenient.
cons: sometime, it will mistake the left and right, but only once a while.
In brief, it is really a great GPS with saying street name.
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