"Best Value."on by launcher330
Pros Price; User Interface; Size and Weight
Cons Not as many POI's as more expensive Garmin
Summary I wanted a basic GPS system for my wife as she has no need for Bluetooth functionality (have a headset for that), text to speech, or an mp3 player(Have an ipod for that). I thought the Mio was perfect for us especially at the $200 price point you can get it at. The CNET review is horrible. The screen is fine. I have used this unit in the full sun many days and have NEVER had a problem seeing the screen. I don't know why the CNET reviewer would say that it is "unusable". I went to Circuit City to scope out the Mio, a Garmin, and the Tomtom One, the tomtom's screen is about equal in brightness to the Mio but the Garmin's is a little brighter. However, it is still definitely useable. This unit has been a joy to own and use. Highly recommended.
Pros Preloaded US maps, decent POI database
Cons No text to speech, very low volume, usage not intuitive
Summary Recently purchased the MIO C220 from Staples. They had it on sale for $199, with an additional $25 for a two year replacement plan. I bouth this unit for my trip to Southern California. My heart was stuck on the the Nuvi 360 for its text to speech, but couldn't afford the price tag.
The MIO actually surpassed my expectations. It's very accurate and route recalculations were right on. The device came with a 1GB memory disk that has the US map and POI database pre-loaded. The POI database is decent and well categorized.
The feature I found most useful and that mitigated the lack of 'text to speech' was the display of next maneuver on the top line. So when the voice says, "Take right in 100 yards", you can glance over the top line and know what street is being referred to.
Cons: No text to speech and very low volume.
Not the best GPS out there, but definitely the best GPS for that price.
"Very Good GPS"on by cjagadheshan
Pros Easy to follow driving instructions
Cons Manual is not that descriptive
Summary Got this on the Thanks giving sale in Pep Boys. Thank god I did not go with CNET's review which was mediocre. I trusted the User's review and went with it and boy, am I glad. This is a perfect starter GPS.
The screen is adequately bright in daylight from inside the car. Not sure what the CNET reviewer is talking about its dull screens.
Gets you where you want to go with easy to follow directions. It immediately Recalculates directions if you take the wrong turn.
POIs are real good. You can search for any POI (shopping, Pharmacy, Gas stations, Restaurants and what not) from your position. This is the most I like about it.
There are a lot more features like Warning of Speed Cams and Speed limits which I haven't figured out to use, thanks to the stupid manual. But this website http://hugginsnet.com/ilovemymio/ gives a lot of pointers.
I would have loved to have the Text to Speech feature which will say Take a left on Main street instead of Take the next left, but hey, you get what you pay for. And we'll get used to the Turn by Turn direction once we use this a couple of times I believe.
I am graetly satisfied with this and would recommend for anyone.
"Seems good to me"on by jobycom
Pros Compact, quick calculations, lots of POIs, good price
Cons Interface could be a little easier to use.
Summary I bought this unit at Circuit City's Black Friday sale for $99.99, after much research. The unit is underappreciated--even the salesman tried to talk me into a Magellan, and when I asked him if he had had problems with the Mio, he said he couldn't remember selling one before. I ignored his advice, going with the positive reviews I've read here and on the web. So far, I'm not disappointed.
The unit is small enough to carry around. It seems solid enough, and the touchscreen isn't flimsy. It mounts easily via suction cup to my windshield, and comes with a car charger so I can use it continuously. The manual is on CD, and is thorough.
Functionally, I've seen no problems with it, and had no trouble reading the screen or hearing the voice. In fact, the screen seems very pleasing and easy on the eyes to me, which makes the CNet review seem odd. I bought it while visiting the Mississippi Coast, and it did a great job of navigating me around the region. There were a couple of times it fumbled--once it tried to make me turn into a barricade, and once it showed me driving through a void when I was on a recently opened road. Both mistakes were understandable, as there has been much construction since Katrina. I also ran into a couple of POI mistakes for the same reason--businesses have opened and closed regularly in the last couple of years.
I used it to navigate back from the Coast to Austin, TX, and it did fairly well, although this is where the interface bothered me. The major highway it wanted me to take was closed, and I could not find an easy way to get it to route me around the closure. There is an "Avoid Route" function and a "Bypass" function, but neither worked well in this situation--the Avoid function canceled too much of my route and the Bypass not enough of it, so both routed me off course. I ignored the advice and took the route I knew. The unit did an admirable job of figuring out the route once I got to a certain point, though for about four miles I had to listen to it ordering me to make a U-turn. Once on track, it even showed me a shortcut I had never taken before.
There may have been a way for me get the unit to avoid the route, but short of pulling out the manual on the road, I couldn't come up with it. I should point out, too, that the new routes the unit tried to calculate would have gotten me where I wanted to go, so the unit did function--just not as efficiently as I wanted. I imagine this would be true of other systems, as well. And in most cases, the unit found the routes I would have chosen, so even this problem was not consistent.
Overall, the maps are accurate, finding roads from rural places in Mississippi that aren't on all maps, to small towns to country highways to major cities. The POIs are a little suspect, but extensive enough to offer options. The positioning chip worked fine--I never waited for it to find me. The routes were recalculated quickly when I went off course, though usually after the unit told me to turn back a few times. I would not have gotten lost following the suggested re-routes, in any case--they just weren't where I wanted to go.
The only complaint I have is that the interface is a bit less intuitive than it could be. The basics are easy--setting up a route, turning on the map, for instance. But some basic functions required going from the map to a main menu to a submenu then back to the main menu to get back to the map. I would think the map should be available from every screen. Some of the more complicated options were harder to use, and required me reading the manual, but the Mio does offer a lot of options--for instance, three different routing criteria (shortest, fastest, most economical), Avoid and Bypass, changing scales and views (from 3D to 2D to various angles), north up or route up, etc.
One more complaint involves touching the screen. You can rescale the screen by dragging the key at the bottom, or you can scroll the map by dragging the screen, but if you press too hard, you add another Via point on the map, and then the route tries to change to include this. You can do this by accident, even, so that you wind up off course without realizing it for a while. This is less a problem than it sounds, since you can spot the new points by flashing red circles. But it's annoying.
Anyway, good system, with a few quirks to get used to, like any unit. I'd say it's a great unit for a casual user or a road traveler or someone who just likes new toys. It may not be enough for a true guru of GPS systems, though I suspect it will function well even for them.
Basically, if it's got the best price, buy it without fear. If it's an even price with a low end or older TomTom or Magellan, buy the Mio. It won't steer you wrong.
Pros Nice and compact
Cons cant think of any
Summary I purchased this GPS 3 months back and has been performing really well. This is a good choice for the price and you will definitely be satisfied!