Excerpt: The MIO C230 is a gps system that has simple features that will do everything you need and it is very inexpensive. The menu is basic, all you have to do is tap on the address button with your finger and you can type in where you are going and you will be given directions within an instant.
Pros: Screen is easy to view, and voice directions are easy to understand, though it tends to get drowned out in heavy/noisy traffic, even with the volume setting at maximum.
Cons: User interface is tricky at times; battery life is short; battery cannot be replaced, easily (there's a big rigamarole you can go through to do so (see summary), but, if you only use it while plugged into your car lighter, then there's no problem).
Maps are outdated, but still does the job. Good basic GPS.
19 August 2012
Summary: Keep in mind the maps on this are from 2007, and some roads that were changed (some are now dead ends, others now go through, others have been re-aligned) decades ago have not been updated. New housing developments that were finished and sold out by 2007 are not in there, but others, still under construction in 2012 some of the roads are. Some points of interest are not where it says they are, best get the correct address first.
Great, cheap, flexible TEXT to SPEECH unit with old maps.
29 October 2011
Summary: Expeditor for a living. Text to speech, easy multi-point trip, configurable display I have a newer 5" MIO and it doesn't do several things that this one does. I am about to get another one to run alongside new one for some of these things. Entry seemd faster and a lot more logical on C230 than new 5" unit. The C230 can set up a multi-stop route and then allow you to see the whole thing, scan how far and how long to each point just by touching a timeline.
Summary: For the price this is a fine little GPS. It works a little faster than the old 220 model. I drive truck and I don't follow it exactly (or I would get into trouble) but the good thing for me is that this unit follows the interstates more than other GPS units that I have used.
Summary: Takes a while to get used to this one. it looses signal regularly which can be frustrating. the worst part is that it does not hold coordinates or addresses, and if you touch the screen your destination will change. But if you want a simple first time gps, its good for you too!
Summary: Bought one years ago for my wife. In hindsight, worst purchase I have ever made. At the current price, you can do much better with a low end TomTom. No updated maps have ever been released for this series and never will. It's obsolete before you even buy it.