Pros Size (form factor).
Cons User Interface and maps.
Summary Pros: Nice hardware / form factor design.
Cons: Allows you to enter contacts, but no routing from those contacts; inaccurate maps (even in areas that haven't changed in decades); thin POI database; device time not set by GPS; silly keyboard interface (why should I have to cycle through three keyboards just to enter a numerical address?); inaccurate ETA/ETR calculations; navigation lost when travelling on region boundaries; inaccurate touch-screen registration on some menu entries; turn notification at the exact point of the turn (couldn't it give a little more notice based on current velocity?)... There are more.
Other Thoughts: I bought this in July 2005, because I liked the physical design and I fly a lot, needing to carry a GPS with me. If you need a GPS that fits nicely in your laptop bag when you travel, *and* you're willing to put up with a junk UI, this is your device. If you want a nice UI, try another brand.
"Bad software"on by Pauldc
Pros Bad software
Cons Bad software
Summary Will strongly warn against this navigator.
The software is made so stupid that one can not search for a street without first know the postal code or city or name of city area before the street name is entered.
This is a limit so stupid and limiting that one very often cant find the address looking fore, a limit I have not seen on other navigators before, and a limit there in my opinion makes this navigator close to useless.
Dont buy it.
Pros Nice Design
Cons Software always freeze and Map is OLD
Summary MY GOSSHHH, I just bought this in www.canadacomputers.com. This is my first GPS and i only try it for a day. The program itself always freeze when u try to swith from map to Mp3 player. and the Map of Canada is very old. i try to find stanley ave in Niagara Falls, canada and it shows nothing and when i go to the map and see it shows RR101 which is the street name 10 years before. I'm SO MAD that i have to return this product and i still got charge of restocking fee. Never ever buy Mio brand if you are in US or Canada. Garmin is the best but the price is expensive.
Pros nice screen
Cons Obsolete not supported terrible customer support
Summary I bought the 269 DG Walker in Dec 2005 on the premises that it was upgradeable and I could load maps from other parts of the world. Result: the 269 DGW arrived with 3 year old maps of the US and a terrible interface. When I tried to upgrade, Mitac which owns Mio said they did not support an obsolete OS and therefore did not have the corresponding map. Mio defaulted their commercial responsibility on www.mobileplanet.com, mobileplanet gave me the run around. At the end of the day the consumer looses and the model I had bought 12 months ago is completely obsolete. They could not help at all because they did not keep any supporting material. Buy any brand but Mio or you will regret it!
Pros THERE ARE NONE
Cons A WASTE OF GOOD MONEY
Summary Two weeks before I intended to drive to Malta using the Channel train and other ferries, a 269+ was bought and tried in the UK. It worked very well.
At Folkstone, the address of the hotel at Tournus, France was entered into the navigation system and a message appeared on the screen that the map could not be decompressed, it stated that your map is out of date so please try another. Very convenient, everyone should have a pc in the car whilst waiting to drive onto the channel train.
After three weeks in Malta, a working phone line and broadband were connected and Mio Customer Relations were emailed.
I am still waiting for a reply after 5 days.
The 269+ is junk and obviously, Mitec could not care less.