The Mio c220 has been announced, a likely candidate to replace the c310x. The c220 will have many of the same navigation features as the former sibling, but there are a few notable changes in overall design, and some of the “extra” features. Some feature changes are for the better, yet other features were dropped. Still, the c220 will be a serious contender in the small, portable auto GPS segment. Here is what you will get.
The first big change from the c310x is that the c220 comes in a different form factor. Gone is the asymmetrical screen placement which allowed for several buttons to be placed along the side. Instead, this design more closely resembles a small Nuvi or the ONE from TomTom. While still not as narrow as those two devices, it does shave some width from the c310x.
Mio has done a good job with button placement on this device. On the top you will find the power button, on the right side you will find the SD slot and headphone jack. And the speaker is located on the back.
Another seemingly minor change is the color of the GPS. I’m glad to see Mio dropped the white color in favor of a darker color which makes the screen more readable.
The screen is a fairly standard 3.5″ display running 320×240 pixels and can display 65,000 colors. This is very typical of a GPS in the same class. While the screen is not as bright as competitive devices such as the Nuvi 200, it doesn’t perform badly. You should be able to squeeze about 4.5 hours of battery life out of the c220, in the middle of the road of similar devices.
Like so many GPS devices these days, the c220 uses the iGo interface for navigation. This interface does have several positive aspects. It can be customized to provide the fields you want on the primary map display. It also has a nice graphical turn “progress bar” which graphically shows you how close you are to the turn.
Thankfully, the Mio c220 also includes a feature where you can set a starting location different than your current location. It still amazes me that other companies still ship GPS devices which cannot do this. You sped a couple hundred bucks (or more!) on a GPS device and it cannot even tell me how long my trip tomorrow will take which starts somewhere other than where I currently am. Thankfully, this feature is present.
Mio has also chosen to install 3.5 million POIs on the c220. While you won’t find every POI in that database, it does offer a bit of a boost over other devices that might contain less than one million. With devices ranging from less than one million to over 12 million POIs, this again puts he c220 in the middle of the pack.
While most of the features in the c220 are “middle of the road”, one aspect that isn’t middle of the road is price. The retail price is $250 and we expect it won’t be too many months before it can be found for under $200. Overall the c220 is a great value.