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Mio - C520 Portable GPS

Model: C520SKU: 8363282

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Unit for money but NOT best in class.

    Posted
    JeffNJ

    I've had my c520 now since mid August (it's now late Nov), and have used it constantly throughout PA, NJ, and NY. Overall it's a nice unit for the money. However, there are limitations and caveats. If you really want best of breed, get something like the Nuvi 660 etc. There are 3 route settings: fast, economical and shortest. Fast is supposed to be something like "make most use of highways". However, in practice, there will be many times that you'll have a major highway quite nearby and the GPS will ignore it entirely and take you on something more direct but longer in time. Bottom line - you should completely expect to need to regularly "sanity check" the route that it will pick for you. What you CAN do when it does this (and it will do regularly), is select one or more "add via" points. In practice, I can usually just add one (sometimes two) points and tell the gps - "go here on the way to my destination", and then I'll get a really good route. Similarly, routing in a local area can be a bit on the dumb side, The gps will sometimes gladly take you through local streets making turn after turn (think of a flight of steps viewed from the side) instead of a traditional L-pattern - merely going straight for longer on one road, taking one turn and then going to your destination. The gps isn't silly like this all the time - just here and there but often enough that the underlying computations clearly have room for improvement. But I still do really like my Mio. I got mine for $300 including shipping and spent $30 more for an additional 3 year parts/labor coverage. So for $330 I'm covered for 4 years total with a pretty good gps - not too shabby. I saw an add on tv for this model for $149 the other day - now that's a bargain. Other than this, the unit can be for many people on the "chatty" side. You get quite a few warnings - at least one too many for every single turn that you will make. The bluetooth feature does work - but is highly dependent on what phone you have. It did NOT work with my Motorolla Q, but does work with my blackberry. However, I decided that the bluetooth feature is more annoying than useful. If it is enabled, every call that comes in automatically goes to my gps, and then I have to tell the gps manually (hitting the screen) to drop it back tothe phone. Unfortunatley, there's no way to configure the gps to not answer inbound calls, and only use bluetooth for outbound calling (say to POIs -which would be very useful). Anyway - good luck! Jeff

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A Disaster in a nice box!

    Posted
    sgav8r

    I bought one of these a couple weeks ago and returned it the very next day. I played with it all night trying to find a reason to keep it. I burned up a half tank of gas just testing it. After all was said and done, I just could not live with this GPS. It's too bad because I put a lot of time and research into finding 'the right' GPS. I had settled on the C520 because of all its features and awesome detailed map. The problems I had with it were as follows: Touchscreen sucks. Buttons are too small and you will ALWAYS be hitting the wrong button unless you very precisely use a stylus at all times. Who is going to do that in their car? The map, while detailed and awesome looking, is drastically outdated. Outdated maps are kind of a norm with GPS's so I gave it SOME grace here. But there are also glaring mistakes in the maps too. Roads that don't exist. Freeway off-ramps (several decades old) that were simply not drawn, so it cannot route correctly. Many, many wrong addresses in the POI database. Not just wrong street numbers... wrong streets! LOL And most important of all, GPS Navigation. Heck, that's its primary function but it's actually one of its weakest features. The routing for even very short, simple freeway jaunts wascompletely cuckoo (no matter what setting you choose). If you didn't know the area, it WOULD probably get you some places, but knowing the area, you're looking at the route it chooses and asking, 'really???'. Then there's the accuracy factor. I hate nothing more than when a GPS lags way behind. The C520 almost always gave me the final 'take the next right onto --- street' after I was already around the corner and half way down the next block! Inexcusable. I believe the reason for this is simply a slow processor that cannot handle all the features of the unit. You can watch it pause momentarily and stutter whenever it's giving you a command. Meanwhile you've driven a couple hundred more feet down the road and it's still 'thinking'. I don't thinka 'firmware update' would fix this problem. Lastly, the display is cluttered with so much information that you can't read any of it unless it's right in front of your face. I have pretty good eyesight but I struggled to read the street names with it mounted to my windshield right above my dash. Definitely keep clear of this brand. Do not be tempted by all the cool stuff it says it can do. And don't believe all the great reviews either. You will really be disappointed if you choose Mio GPS. Just do what you know deep down that you should do.... Fork out a little bit of extra dough and buy a Garmin. You will eventually anyway!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Mio C520 Review, Too Complicated!

    Posted
    baywatch3707

    My Mio C520 has been nothing but extremely frustrating. I know I am not supposed to operate the device while driving my vehicle but who are we kidding? I mean, just to answer calls I must, and to change destinations I have to. So as far as taking your hands off the road it takes ALOT of concentration and causes me to be very careful with selecting the many different tiny buttons just to select a new POI. I AM TELLING YOU this unit has extremely SMALL buttons. So make sure that you don't plan on making a correction while driving. Just to get to the bluetooth and Videos you must exit the map application all in itself. Plus for some reason all the POI's are even more simplified far greater than what I wanted. I wanted to have a more of a broad selection of POI's within a category. This device for example you have to specify almost all the way down to the business name. So for example if I wanted to watch a movie at the nearest movie theater I must select the up arrow from the map>POI>Entertainment>Type Of Entertainment (DvD rentals, Play house, Golf, Bowling, Movie Theater ETC...>then finally you will see the multiple movie theater selection thats distances are displayed in Yards. SO quite the complicated process. Furthermore it just feels like they are trying to cram way to much information into the 4.3" screen. Maybe that would explain the small buttons. I have used the C300 series 4.3 inch and LOVED it SO much I thought I would upgrade. Wow what a mistake! Can't wait to go back to the other software configuration which has much larger buttons. But good news I was able to sell my C520 for $240!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Looks Nice, Works well

    Posted
    Mazdaspeed05

    I got this around xmas time and it's been great. Its nice and bright, definately loud enough, but it needs some more poi's. Basically if you are out somewhere and need to find a best buy or officemax, you better know a gas station or mall nearby, or their address, because MIO won't find it in its POI's oterwise. This isn't a big deal for me because i just use google maps on my cellphone and put in the address, BUT I could see where this would be a preblem for some people. It's suppose to last 5-6 hours without the charger hooked up, it's about half that. Overall this gps works perfect for me, but some people might want one with more POI's

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gets me from Point A to Point B

    Posted
    GoHokies

    I got this product 4 months ago and have enjoyed so far. In fact my most of my family and co-workers now use the same product! The interface is easy to use and the maps seem pretty good - though updates for maps in "new development" areas could be quicker. For the most part, the directions have been spot on and I have even found better routes to my house, however there has been the occsional mishap with the destination - nothing major - but certainly still worth double checking the directions online. Note that on the mishaps, if I'd changed the mode from fastest to easiest, etc, I would've successfully arrived.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst purchase ever

    Posted
    Rabbitstew

    When I purchased the Mio I immediately noticed that the maps were very outdated, I contacted customer service and they explained that they purchased the maps from other vender and I would need to contact them for updated maps. When contacted the company would only receive information and would not provide any info on updating maps. I finally returned the Mio and purchased a Garmin, WOW I was very pleased with the customer service where you actually speak to a tech and answer all yours concerns, including free map updates.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A companion

    Posted
    sunny76

    The system is great because it features a media center unlike any other. Plays DIVX movies, and thats hard to find in a GPS system. The bluetooth system is very nice for hands-free feature so that you could keep your eyes on the road. Overall, this is something that you would want to have with you before planning any road trips. It's a really great system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great GPS!

    Posted
    SingingSailor

    This is a good one! Traveling in the East - got me where I wanted to go; mostly, without looking at the screen. The full voice prompts were clear and accurate. Flying here, I had downloaded a movie and some CDs to a 2GB SD card. Kept me happy on the trip.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Accurate

    Posted
    Jack45

    This device is very accurate and and will always get you where you need to go. The voice commands are very reliable and make navigating easier so your not always looking at the screen. I would definitely suggest this unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best GPS around

    Posted
    Eclipse

    I am very happy with this purchase and would galdly recommend this to others. It connects quickly to the satellites and has good navigational capabilities. Go Get it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    nice little gps

    Posted
    bamsquad

    When i was traveling it helped me several times . it has so many features, i even haven't investigated all of them yet . I'd recommend to use it for long travels.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Gps

    Posted
    Trey2

    Read Pros and Cons. the gps has a great touch screen that is very responsive and has a great windshield mount that secures the gps very well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Value for Money with accuracy

    Posted
    AGUPTA

    New map sets, good user interface, very good receiver, text to speech good, getting you to destination in a smart way

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    Posted
    Danielito7

    Its a very nice gps, easy to use and also you can enjoy music an videos.

    I would recommend this to a friend