- Review Price: £359.95
The first GPS device I reviewed for TrustedReviews was a Mio product, the Mio 168 and was notable for being the first PDA with integrated GPS. Since then, GPS has very much entered the mainstream and is now one of the hottest selling technologies around. Whereas GPS used to be a technology that was piggy backed onto PDA, it’s now most popular on dedicated in-car units which Mio refers to as Personal Navigation Devices.
The C710 is Mio’s top-end Personal Navigation Device and as such offers pretty much every feature that you would expect in a current device. It employs the latest SiRFStarIII chipset and full detailed Tele-Atlas maps for an impressive (linkout:http://www.mio-tech.be/products/Personal_Navigation_Devices/C710/coverage.php) 24 European countries. This means that you could, for example, plan a single route from London to a villa in Italy in one go, without having to swap cards or download maps on the way. Directions can be spoken to you in your choice of 16 languages, though the similarly entitled TomTom Go 710 outdoes this with equivalent coverage and 36 languages. I was disappointed that the English voices were limited to male with either a UK or US accent – no sultry Jane as with Tom Tom.
Unlike the TomTom, the C710 stores it all on built-in memory (2GB of NAND flash), rather than an SD card. As SD card slot is present on the top of the unit, but this is used only for storing MP3 and photos (JPGs), both of which are supported by the C710, though not while navigating.
There’s full seven digit searching for the UK, so you can route yourself precisely to a location and there’s a comprehensive Points of Interest (POI) database. Bluetooth is integrated providing hands-free calling using the built-in speakers and microphone and it can sync with Outlook contacts and route directly to the addresses.
Live traffic data and speed camera alerts are also both offered by the C710. The former is provided via a built-in Traffic Message Channel (TMC ) receiver. This picks up traffic data over FM frequencies rather as a data download via a mobile phone. This has the theoretical advantage of saving on data charges and frees up the Bluetooth connection for use with a headset, should you prefer to use that rather than the hands-free functionality. My current phone can only handle one active Bluetooth connection can only handle one active connection at a time, which means I have to choose between live traffic data or a Bluetooth headset, which is frustrating.