Mio DigiWalker C620 

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Mio do several units suitable for pedestrians with an average battery life between charges of four to five hours. This could be used handheld but only for occasional use as the battery life is less than two hours, this is certainly an in car unit.
Mio C620 Satellite Navigation Device

My first question then is why is it called a DigiWalker? However lets assume there is a reason this seems to me to be a rather good unit.

Trying to assume the role of someone who has never had a similar unit could I insert it in my car by using the 13 pages in the getting started guide that are in English, answer yes. Could I plan a simple route answer yes. However to get the best from the unit you need more, so dig out the DVD from the box and see that it contains maps for 22 countries. At this time I am happy with the UK. Open the drives contents find the documents folder and then the English folder and yes there is a 114 page manual, I would have preferred a printed manual but I know the spiel about cost. So providing you have a DVD drive (not a CD drive) then I think with reading and practice you should be able to use the product to it's fullest.

Even with me saying it's not a unit for pedestrians I still take it for a bus ride to get to know it, you should never get to know it while driving as that is a very quick way to have an accident.

Next using the supplied mini USB lead locate it near a Window and a PC this is the real way to find out what is where and most important how you get to it.

In the past some of the Mio units I have reviewed have had kilometres and metres (still the default) but the only UK option was miles and feet, I have always found it difficult to think in feet I think in yards and joy of joy this unit can be miles and feet or miles and yards.

Once I found that I began to feel at home the conversion seems to think that we have 29MPH, 39MPH, 49MPH, 59MPH and 69MPH speed limits but that's me being picky. The stated road limit is displayed on the map and I was pleased to see in the 2008 maps provided that a section of road near me that has a 30MPH limit one way and 40MPH the other shows correctly depending on which direction you are going.

This is a landscape unit with three modes 2D, 3D and aeroplane (no not for use on an aeroplane) but that's the symbol shown on the map. It seems to automatically display all the speed cameras in this area so if you get nicked you are speeding and you have ignored the spoken advice from the male voice assuming you are using English. The screen size is 9.5x5.5cm and is easy to read with a quick glance, full road names are given with the road you are currently on shown at the bottom of the display.

Yes you can choose what features to display - a good choice available - just don't pick to many as they can clutter the display. Planning a route is very easy and you would normally enter a few letters of the town, then a few letters from the street and finally the number if applicable. You can if you prefer enter forth level postcode and then the street this is useful if you are not sure which town the street falls in, not hard in to get confused in an urban area. It automatically shows fastest, shortest and economical so time and distance, tap the screen to toggle the three routes. You can of course choose to have written directions but the map display is clear and the next turn is always shown at the top of the screen with the name and distance and an arrow for direction. In the case of a roundabout the exit number is shown. You can manually choose to alter the amount of detail shown but I found it made good decisions.

Doing my Internet searches found the Mio DigiWalker C620 at a best price of £249.95 including Free delivery from the first link below. However it is still very new so prices could fall and if available for less than £200 I would give it another smiley for value. Remember it does come with all of Western Europe.

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