Mio DigiWalker A701 review: Mio A701

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Typical Price: $1,299.00
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Lightweight. Stylish design. Built-in GPS. Good PDA performance.

The Bad Uncomfortable stylus. Not enough user-definable buttons. Camera could be better.

The Bottom Line Overall, a great phone with a host of features in addition to GPS capabilities, the experience is only marred by the high price and ergonomic issues.

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8.0 Overall

The Mitac Mio A701 is like a swiss-army knife for the urban environment, with its integration of hundreds of features into a lightweight, pocket-friendly package. While it features all the usual PDA functionality, its party piece is its integrated GPS capabilities. Now we're left to wonder just what they can't cram into an all-in-one device.

The Mio A701 is one of the smallest Windows Mobile devices available today. Weighing in at 150 grams and with dimensions of 117 by 59 by 21.8mm, the Mio is definitely a Pocket PC that doesn't need to go on Atkins. In fact, you can put it in your pocket and not have to worry about all the "is that a PDA in your pocket or are you just happy to see me" jokes. It's still larger than phones such as the O2 Atom Exec, but not much.

On top of its light weight, it's not dull to look at either. The combination of black and silver, as well as its strongly rounded corners, give it an appealing look while remaining comfortable in your palm. The Mio is very well put together, and feels sturdy as well as elegant, even though the body is made of plastic.

The front panel is dominated by the screen, which takes up most of the real-estate save for the four navigational buttons and the joystick that occupy the lower quarter of the Mio. Two of the keys are user-definable and are preset to launch Windows Media Player and GPS Navigation.

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