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Mio 269 DigiWalker


ExtremeTech has reviewed the Mio 260 DigiWalker. They liked the accurate GPS receiver, quick route calculations, and preloaded maps. They had trouble getting a good GPS fix near tall buildings, the lag between pressing a button and response from that button, and the buttons were too small. They gave it a 5 out of 10 rating.

The Mio269’s GPS navigation capability has some major flaws, even as it tried to improve on earlier efforts. The fact that it doesn’t work in places with tall buildings makes it a nonstarter for anyone planning to use it in a city. And the lag time after pressing a button and getting a response is frustrating to say the least. A more-intuitive UI would go a long way to making the Mio more user-friendly, but once you learn how everything works, it isn’t so bad. In a lower-priced GPS device, you might find a way to live with these shortcomings. Unfortunately in the case of the Mio, you’re likely to find a cheaper alternative without these failings.

On the bright side, those of us living far away from skyscrapers and redwood forests could find a use for the Mio269. It’s versatile enough to be used in a car, on foot, or even on a bicycle. Our battery lasted about 2.5 hours with continuous use before we had to use the included wall plug or car charger. Mio also provides downloadable updates for its maps every six months on its website.

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