Mio DigiWalker C220 review: Mio DigiWalker C220

Typical Price: £150.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Low weight; smart mapping; sensitive navigation; speed cameras included.

The Bad Cramped screen; illogical interface; stuffy voice guidance; expensive European maps.

The Bottom Line A street-smart navigator that takes both long-distance driving and tourist wandering in its stride. If you're after an entry-level sat-nav, don't let the prim voice guidance, cramped screen and weird interface put you off -- this navigator is built to last

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7.5 Overall

If you associate Mio with cumbersome PDAs and clunky smartphones, the C220 will come as a pleasant surprise. It's a small, dedicated touchscreen sat-nav that's as home in a handbag as it is on your dashboard -- all at a price that's miniaturised to match: around £130 online.

At last, sat-navs are starting to creep out of cars and into the daylight. While the C220 could never be described as ruggedised or waterproof, its rounded, lightweight (110g) design certainly feels capable of absorbing a few bumps. Its 4.5-hour battery life is just about enough for a day's car-free tourism, too.

Despite the low price, the 89mm (3.5-inch) screen is no budget display -- it's bright, crisp and very colourful. Touch sensitivity is acceptable and voice commands are clear and loud, with dynamic volume control linked to your speed, if you want.

Route maps are smoothly drawn and well designed, with extraneous information ruthlessly stripped away and helpful extras added, such as animated arrows showing which exit to take at roundabouts.

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