Summary: ok, so i got my unit on black friday. but even if i had paid twice as much as i did, i would still give it 5 stars. i have a 2005 infiniti g35 coupe, with a factory-installed GPS system, which was around a $1000 option. i have stopped using it in favor of this little gem of a unit. i have also played around with a tom tom go 700, and a garmin c320, which are also great systems, but cost much more and aren't nearly as portable as the Mio.
Summary: The lock time is less than a minute and often much faster. It has never lost lock driving through cities with many tall buildings. It has a surprisingly complete POI ( points of interest ) list including my doctors office address and small restaurants. The navigation is not perfect. In one instance, it said to make a left turn onto a street where no turns signs were posted. It does not know about streets where turns are allowed but only on certain days and times.
Summary: I bought this unit for my wife, since I already had a PDA with bluetooth GPS setup running iGuidance v3, and she needed something that would be a bit simpler. This unit seemed to have the most capability/performance relative to price. However, after purchasing this for $200 (currently not the price at Amazon) w/ free shipping I discovered that you can freely customize the device in a WinCE 4.2 environment using a easily found hack.
Summary: I purchased this GPS system today and I will admit that the GPS has a slight delay. When I say slight, I mean SLIGHT. Not enough to give it 3 stars or below. People who speak negative about this particular unit are either spoiled or life long complainers. That simple. Let me tell you about the GPS, thats why youre here right?
Summary: I do not have extensive experience with GPS systems and this was my first purchase. Having seen and played with many OEM in-car systems and Garmin/Tom Tom systems I was surprised to see many retail stores advertising this for $200. I decided to take it for a test drive since we were hitting the road for a mini vacation. The kids were entertained but I was not as enthusiastic about the device. The price is very very good so no complaints there.
Summary: I have got to agree with most of what I've read for reviews here. Yes the logic on route finding can be a bit odd at times. Yes the maps are a bit dated. I have used this and the NUVI and I really can't see spending an extra $200-$300 on the Garmin. You just can't justify the price difference. So: Cons: 1. I've found a few instances where the route planning is just dumb, but I think that's a result of Con number 2. 2.
Summary: I compared the Mio C310X and Garmin Nuvi 350 head to head (my Brother has the Garmin). Here's my plain and simple observation: The Mio C310x is a very good unit with good route accuracy overall but not as accurate as the Garmin 350. (e.g. plugged in Newark Airport, NJ and the Mio routed me to the back of the airport and announced that I have arrived at my destination - I was closer to the runway than any terminal).
Summary: Ok, answering Steven's post on December 1st, I think he needed a bit more time with the unit. First of all, the quickstart manual IS a joke. I fully agree with that. If he had spent a bit more time with the unit, he'd have found that there is a full manual on the included DVD which is great and goes into detail on settings, etc. The interface is fine, although you do have to drill down and back out for several options.
Summary: I'm writing this review after getting the unit for Christmas at a steal price (200 bucks - 50 mail in rebate), using it for 2 weeks in both familiar and unfamiliar areas, loving it, and then reading negative reviews that are just plain wrong on features etc that people say are missing. A) My unit included ac adapter, car adapter, usb cable, 1GB memory, suction cup window holder as well as piece that allows you to attach the suction cup to a dash board.
Summary: I researched all GPs units for over a year. Two GPS's I have experience using plus I spent countless hours researching on the Internet and I played for hours in the store demonstrations. Some generalities one needs to realize concerning "ALL" GPS units. You will not find any GPS unit that is 100% accurate 100% of the time. You will find that "ALL" GPS units at one time or another will not always take the shortest route or fastest route no matter what you try.