Pros intellegent camera views, creating POI, speedy queries
Cons interace not as easy as garmin, screen buttons too small to hit while driving, must take time to read manual to use advanced features, tech (size, processing) specs are not avail easily
Summary I have used a Gamin C320 for a while, before I decided to purchase this MIO C310x.
When searching for streets, POI; the garmin took a while, while the MIO fins instantly.
The Garmin interface is so easy to use, I can give it to my parents, and not worry about them figuring it out. The MIO however let me plot a route fairly easily, but if I wanted to have it show me food, gas, or bank data on the live map, I have yet to figure it out.
Overall, I love the MIO, wouldn't go back to a garmin. Once you see the amazing detail in the maps, the smart way it gives directions, the intuitive data displayed on the "dashboard: screen, the ability to add and store your own data and POI; I'm sure you will agree.Updated
Here are some key changes that will help you compare the Mio C310 vs the Mio C310x:
# The C310x uses Mio Map mapping software (a Mio-branded version of iGo)—bringing a completely different look & feel to the user interface. The C310x continues to use the same underlying Tele Atlas map database (not quite as good as the NAVTEQ; but getting better).
# The C310x offers pre-loaded US maps (50 US States + Guam & Puerto Rico), with Canadian maps on an included DVD
# The C310x still offers an MP3 player, which can play while navigating
# The C310x software supports additional viewing modes (horizon tilt, zoom & pan while in 3D mode), pedestrian navigation mode, as well as other UI customization options
Pros Many to list: bright and detailed LCD screen, ability to browse maps to anywhere in the USA, different 2D/3D/cockpit map views, FAST zooming and scrolling of maps, very accurate and strong GPS signal
Cons some features/icons difficult to figure out, unless you read the Manual. Lot of settings you can adjust (con b/c need to look for them, but can be good b/c many features adjustable)
Summary This is an excellent GPS navigation device, with detailed street-level maps of all 50 states (plus Guam and Puerto Rico, if you care). Everything is fast: scrolling of maps, CPU route calculations, automatic re-routing, zooming in/out of maps.
** I also checked out the Garmin C320/C330/C340: they are SLOW to zoom in/out of maps. Also, i was unable to scroll the maps around.
I've been able to lock on to my location about 15-20 seconds only. Directions are very accurate!
Mio is not mentioned much (vs Garmin, Magellan, etc), but this is an excellent little device!Updated
Very slim form, easy to put in shirt pocket. Can't say the same for Garmin C-Series.
Pros Excellent tracking, ease of navigation through out the various menus - upgradeable software via usb
Cons The manual that comes in the box is useless – CD has every thing you need – Some times it takes too long to recalculate to the new direction of travel. It keeps rerouting you for about 1 or 2 miles an
Summary I have compared this unit to some of the popular units and it is equivalent in all categories. Do not get fooled by the price this is a very strong unit. If you do not care about Bluetooth and TMC this unit is for you.
Pros None that I could find.
Cons Map is worthless, speaker weak, poor customer service
Summary Inputing 3 known address in a town less than 20 miles away this unit twice directed me to take a turn where none existed, and the other time directed me into a hospital parking lot and a dead end. The map does not have a local town by-pass route that has been in place for over 7 years. Reguardless of what route preference selected, it would direct me over a nearly 20 mile longer route to a distant town than the shorter route on a major highway. The web site is useless as nearly all funtions either do not come on line or directs you to a Microsoft web site. Customer service is none existant, called and was informed that any map updates would be over 8 or 9 months away. How could I trust this unit cross country if it could direct me properly over known route within a 20 mile radius? Luckly the manager at the Staples store where purchased will refund my money.
I was completely off the mark when writing the above opinion! After a long discussion with Scott at MIO I am convinced that the problems I incurred are not with the unit, but with the map data and the sparsely populated area in which I reside. I did not return the unit because it is a far better unit for the money than anything else out there at the moment. Scott assured me that many of the problems I encountered will be corrected this spring when the update map data is released. There for my rating is an 8.
Pros Good GPS reception, bright screen, feels expensive, pocket sized, great OS.
Cons No bluetooth.
Summary This GPS is a great buy! Fits the budget and feels expensive. It has a couple million POI (points of intrest) prgrammed in and has maps of the entire US pre-installed. Also, it has a SD expansion slot, not sure how to add maps of outher countries but the SD card reader works great with mp3s.
Battery life is average. It lasted about 4 hours without any charging at full power output.
Almost everything is customizable, you can even change the colors of the maps. The OS is also very intuitive. It has all maps in 3D, 2D, and Bird's Eye view.
Also, this GPS is very fast. There's two power switches. One turns it off all-the-way as if you pulled the plug. The other is like the Ipod standby mode, it turns on in 0.3 seconds.
The volume of the GPS voice instructions is good, I can hear it well no matter how fast I'm going.
Also, the GPS has an interesting feature that tells you when there are traffic cameras at intersections (the ones that take pictures of your car and license plate when you commit a traffic offense). Also the GPS is capable of telling you when you are speeding, you can set when it warns you; by MPH over the speed limit or by % over the limit.
This GPS also has an earphone jack, so that you can use it as a full-fledged mp3 player or listen to it's voice instructions in a state where it is permitted to have headphones in your ears whilst driving.
The GPS comes with a load of accessories such as a mount, a cradle, a AC charger, a car charger.
I must say that this is one of the best GPS systems I have purchased. Though I wouldn't mind if it had bluetooth or voice command, but those two features would add at least another $150 to the price tag.