Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mio GPS comparison chart

Features Mio C220 Mio C230 Mio C320 Mio C520 Mio C720t Moov 200 Moov 310 Knight Rider
Maps U.S. U.S. U.S. U.S.
Mexico (ltd.)
U.S. U.S. U.S.
Screen size 3.5″ 3.5″ 4.3″ 4.3″ 4.3″ 3.5″ 4.3″ 4.3″
POIs 3.5 M 1.0 M 1.7 M 6.0 M 12.0 M 3.5 M 3.5 M 4.0 M
Speaks street names No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TMC Traffic No No No No Yes No Yes No
No No No Yes Yes No No No
MP3 player No No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Camera No No No No Yes No No No

Feature descriptions

  • POIs (Points of Interest) – I recommend getting a unit with at least 4.5 million. Here’s a post for further reading on points of interest (POIs).
  • Speaks street names – Formally known as text-to-speech, this function allows the device to
    call out the name of the street for upcoming turns, so you’ll get “in
    one-half mile, turn left on Oak Street,” rather than just “in one-half
    mile, turn left.” A very helpful feature.
  • TMC traffic – A nice feature that isn’t quite ready for prime time. Expect lots of
    inaccurate reports as well as incidents that aren’t reported. Delivered
    via FM, this service is provided by the Traffic Message Channel, hence
    you will sometimes see it referred to as FM-TMC. Here is a link to a coverage map.
  • Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone use – Another nice idea, with weak
    implementation. In my experience, the sound quality
    for the person hearing your voice is awful.

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