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Friday, February 1, 2008

Mio C520 GPS Navigator Review

The Mio C520 GPS Navigator is the best affordable, out of the box GPS device that I've ever seen. It's affordable and packed with features that's not available on other GPS devices on the same price range. ©2008 natalie1981.blogspot.com


The Mio C520 GPS comes almost ready out of the box and has the full TeleAtlas Map of the US. This GPS navigator is also really portable, its size is perfect for transferring it from one vehicle to another or just carrying it with you on your trips. The 4.3 inch touch screen is clear and inputting your directions is fairly easy. The Bluetooth capability on this device allows you to pair your Bluetooth cellphones and use it as a hands-free receiver, really convenient. I love the split type screen on the C520 as it allows you view various details about different points of interest aside from the directions itself. The GPS navigation system on the Mio C520 GPS also offer text to speech function that reads out street names, this is a good feature if you don't want to take your eyes off the road. Another thing to love about the Mio GPS is that when you miss a turn it automatically recalculates another direction so that you don't have to take a U-turn and if you do want to make the U-Turn, the Mio C520 will revert back to the original route, a real time saving feature.©2008 natalie1981.blogspot.com


Like most GPS devices, the GPS software on the Mio C52 is not entirely accurate. I get a little frustrated when I'm already at a turn and Samantha (the text to speech voice) says I have to make the turn several feet away. Like I said, when you missed a turn the Mio C520 won't make you U-Turn but its recalculated route seems to be longer and the less efficient route. There are times when it looks like I'm driving on the other side of the street or on a sidewalk on the Mio C520 screen.©2008 natalie1981.blogspot.com


The Mio C520 GPS device is one of the more affordable handheld GPS in the market and the added Bluetooth and text to speech feature which is absent on other devices makes the Mio C520 a real good value for your money.©2008 natalie1981.blogspot.com


Anonymous said...

I was using this device and its working perfect. Then I bought a map update CD for $80+tax+shipping. I did the firmware update. Then for map update, you have to go on the site to receive the activation code. When I put all the information, this is what I get

msxml3.dll error '80072efd'

A connection with the server could not be established

/mapupdate/inc/conn.asp, line 21

Now the bad side is that due to firmware update, I can't use the map application and have to wait till I get the activation code from the site. I have been waiting for more than 6 days, called customer support and was told to wait till the site is fixed. So the GPS is now like a brick with limited functionality. I wanted to use the old map version till the site is fixed, I was told that I have to send the device in to fix it. I guess you can sell a car without an engine and expect the customer to wait till the company figures out where the engine went.

Alan said...

I was trying to order the map update DVD, and this is the message I received when I went to checkout:
Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server error '80040e14'

Line 1: Incorrect syntax near ','.

/checkout.asp, line 180

Guess the web site still has a problem. I love my Mio c520 but I need a map update.

Any suggestions?

Also, what is their support phone#?


natalie1981 said...

I suggest that you visit some Mio forums for any problems.

The Camera Fanatic said...

Great blog.

I own both the Nuvi 660 and the 760, I'm writing this review for people having trouble deciding between the two as the price difference between the two products at the time of this review is about 100 dollars. I'm not going to focus on the feature differences, as that information can be easily obtained from specifications and online reviews. The 660 was a fine product back in 2005-2006, but the new 760 outdoes the 660 in practically everything, but there are some key usability fixes that make the 760 a better buy for the frequent user.


1. 760 has much better fonts for street names than the 660. This may seem like a trivial update to some, but the 760's fonts greatly improve visibility. The 660 uses all capitalized text for street names on the map, and the font is incredibly cartoonish and unaligned, something like the scribbling Comic Sans font on the PC. The 760 uses your standard Verdana-like font with street names in capitalized and lowercase letters. The fonts on the 760 are smaller, cleaner and surprisingly much easier to read while driving. The maps end up looking professional, and not some cartoony children's video game.

2. 760 has better rendering in 3D map mode than the 660. In the 660 when you are zoomed in under 3D map mode, the roads close to your car are displayed incredibly large, so large that they run into other roads, making the zoom function essentially kind of useless for dense roads. The 760 does not oversize your roads just because you zoomed in to view smaller roads in detail. This fix is very nice for those who drive in places with dense roadways, like New York City.

3. No antenna on the 760 makes hooking up your Nuvi to the cradle one step easier. On the 660 you need to flip up the antenna before attaching the cradle. For people who park their cars on the street overnight, removing the GPS from the cradle for storage in the console or glove compartment is a must, and it's a lot easier hooking up the 760 to the cradle than the 660. It's hard to aim the 660 to its cradle in the dark as you have to align both the bottom edge and the charge port under the antenna. In the 760, the charge port is directly on the bottom of the unit; you can attach it to the cradle with one hand in the dark easily on the 760.

4. It takes the 660 a good 45 seconds on average (sometimes longer than 2 minutes) after boot up to locate the satellite on a cold start. If you have firmware 2.6 installed on the 760, the satellite acquisition time after boot up is between 10-20 seconds. After the firmware update, my 760 also holds a stronger lock to the satellites than my 660, I can get satellite lock inside my house with the 760, whereas I can't get a lock with my 660 (adjusting the antenna does very little).

5. The ability to set multiple ad hoc viapoints on the 760 means it's a lot easier creating alternate routes (very handy to avoid a specific interstate or a high traffic road). Whereas the 660 gives you just one viapoint.

UPDATE: This GPS is currently on sale at Amazon… now is your chance to buy one, if you haven’t already. You can find the product page here: