My first impression of the Mio C520 was that it looked sleek and slim, but I was not expecting the insides to be equally impressive. This portable GPS unit does have some impressive features, especially when you compare it to its similarly priced competitors. The Mio C520 is a widescreen device that does more than just navigate for you. It is a full multimedia unit which plays music and movies. For the most part, I would say that this device is ahead of its class, but it does have some issues.
The Mio C520 comes with a relatively nice price tag of $399 MSRP. Since its release in the summer of 2007, the price has dropped quite a bit at retailers. As of this writing, I have seen the C520 at online retailers for just under $300. I have to say that for $300, this device is a steal. Yes, it does have a few minor issues with its performance, but compared with other units in this price range, I would say that it is one of the best available right now.
With most GPS units currently on the market only offer a 3.5 inch display, Mio has upgraded the C520 with a 4.3 inch display. There are other units with this size display, namely the TomTom One XL, which is approximately the same price as the C520. The TomTom unit does not offer quite as many features as the C520, however.
One of the biggest features lacking in the One XL is text-to-speech (TTS) functionality; this feature is present in the C520. TTS functionality is a must-have, in my opinion, because it is really a safety issue if you must read your GPS unit every few seconds to get your directions when your eyes should be on the road.
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