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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.