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).
Summary: Reasonable value for the price, but it does have its shortcomings. Example:Rather than stay on a particular street, directs me to take 2 turns, which puts me right back on the street. No obvious reason for this! Biggest complaint is the POOR QUALITY OF CUSTOMER SERVICE. Repeated requests for a printed manual (for which I indicated I was willing to pay for!)resulted in grudging assurances BUT NO MANUAL.
Summary: The Mio c230 is a great GPS device but it has a one major flaw. It uses maps that are old and out-dated. While no GPS device is perfect this works pretty well once you get used to the old map - New road contruction has elimated the "detours" or routes this unit takes you on. Voice guidance is better than my wife's Garmin and although its maps are newer it can also take you on some unual routes that will take you in circles if you don't know where you are going.
Summary: I'm pretty happy with this product so far. It usually gets you where you want to go, eventually. It's good in the sun, and the voice to text is easy to understand. The cons are that the maps arn't all that good, it thinks my own home is at the other end of my street and it think my friends house is on a road that is still unpaved (it was paved 20 years ago). I know this is probably a database error and not thier fault entirely, but it still exists in thier product.
Summary: The Mio C230 is OK especially for the price. Most text to speech units are more expensive. It works pretty well but there are some problems. First, the suction cup mount is too high if you want to mount it to the dashboard instead of the windshield. Secondly, it refuses to work if you use a screen protector. The battery life is not great. The instructions on the disc cannot be printed out(the hardware instructions can..the software can't).
Summary: disappointing. lots of poi not avaible. for instance, no grocery stores or starbucks. if you try to type it in you can't.it anticipates after 2 or 3 letters and comes up with something completely different. easy to use but limited poi.