Mio DigiWalker C520: Widescreen Feature

Competition among widescreen GPS Devices is intensifying. The latest entry from Mio is packed with features and sports a big display within a super thin, stylish design. But although it's brimming with multimedia extras, Bluetooth phone problems keep it from being a clear-cut winner.

The most notable feature of the C520 (powered by the latest SiRFstarIII 20-channel receiver) is its 16-bit touch-sensitive display with 480-by-272-pixel resolution. The device also has 2GB of onboard flash memory and 64MB of SDRAM. I also really like that the C520 supports text-to-speech conversion, meaning that the system announces both street and highway names.

You can play music and video-and display pictures as well-simply by inserting an SD cad. The music player, which supports both MP3 and WMA formats, lets you create play lists, too. Although the C520 also has a Bluetooth interface that pairs with capable phones and stereo headset, I found this feature unreliable.

Pairing issues aside, the Mio DigiWalker C520's wide screen, large POI database, text-to-speech conversion, and improved interface makes it a worthy competitor.

Mio DigiWalker C520: $399.99


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