To get to the main business of navigation you, not unexpectedly, select the button labelled Mio Map. The first thing to do is press Address to plan a route. One thing I was immediately impressed by was how quickly routes were calculated- noticeably faster than my own TomTom One. You can also tap on the screen and then tell the C710 to route to that location.
Rather oddly the current GPS location is the default at the top, so to plan a route elsewhere you need to select Change City at the top right, and then Other City to enter a post code, which is quite confusing. By pressing the Keys buttons you can choose between a QWERTY key layout and or very large letters and numbers for the fat fingered or those with poorer eyesight. They’d still need to get to that small ‘Key’ key though.
The primary view that most people will use will be Cockpit, which provides a standard 3D view of the road. It’s noticeable that the textures used are superior to those used by TomTom with more detail and colour.
At the top of the display the next road is displayed, which the road you’re currently on is shown at the bottom.
On the left hand section of the default screen is taken up by a side bar. This shows the planned journey estimated arrival time, the middle one displays a second by second count down and the third shows the current time. At the top of the bar an icon representing the next instruction is shown. If it’s a roundabout this places a number in the middle to indicate which exit you need to take, which is quite clever.
One thing that I don’t like about the default view is that there are several icons floating on the screen most of which don’t need to there. The top arrow icon switches between view angles when pressed, so that’s fair enough, but the ones below are for GPS info, the battery left and Bluetooth. There is space on the left sidebar for these so they just serve to get in the way of the map.
I must admit that I took some time to get used to the Mio interface. Admittedly I’m pretty used to the Tom Tom way of doing things, but even after several days I wasn’t completely comfortable with it and I still had to think hard how to do what I wanted.