MIO Spirit 8670 LM GPS, The first thing that comes to my mind when I look at a GPS device is that it will help you with navigation. That is true because a GPS device was originally designed for that purpose. I was really surprised when I came across a GPS device with additional features like video, music, and contacts! Well, nothing is impossible-it is technology! I hope you have seen the TERMINATOR-series by Arnold Schwarzenegger-everything is possible!
Mio seems to have a different game plan. MIO Spirit 8670 LM GPS Navigator is a simple unit giving good navigation at a very affordable price-a comfortable $180! Ah! The good old concept is back! Instead of blabbering a lot, let us now navigate into the details.
With a tidy design, the MIO Spirit 8670 LM GPS is all set to be used straight away when pulled out of the box. The ease of use and the compact design (by compact design, I mean the size and the weight, which are 4.2×3.2×0.9 inches and 3.8 ounces respectively), makes it a handy companion whenever I am out on the road. The integrated GPS receiver discards the need of carrying an extra bulky part that can be annoying. The design actually makes it usable with multiple vehicles. Guess what? I could actually pack it in my suitcase when I am out for a vacation. I really did not find enough elements in the design to describe apart from the antenna jack (external) and a power button, which is placed on the top, and a USB port, which is placed at the bottom! Well, two more things, which need attention, are a 3.5 mm headphone jack and one SD card slot, which are placed on the right side of the device. Now that is a neat and clean design. Inevitably, a GPS device will have a screen and Mio C220 is not an exception. The unit is bundled with a TFT touch screen. It is a 65,000-color display of 3.5 inches. The screen was quite responsive to my touches! However, a problem bothered me a lot. The screen can barely be seen in broad daylight and the colors seem to fade out…So, use it under the shade!
I really disliked the onscreen keyboard. The keys are really small and cramped. The absence of included stylus requires you to pay close attention when you are entering the address.
Map View and Icons:
When I entered the map view, what I found was that the icons for zooming in and zooming out actually blended quite nicely with the background and something that really bothered me was that I actually had to adjust the volume by four taps through different menus. The Graphic of a little speaker on the map is nearly useless and can only be used for muting the sound! If there would be some external features for adjusting the volume and zooming in and out gestures, it would have been better.
MIO Spirit 8670 LM GPS Features:
Using a 20SiRF starIII GPS (WAAS enabled), the MIO Spirit 8670 LM has an included 1 GB SD card which has the map of the USA preloaded on it. The unit is also capable of storing the data of the least visited places. This allowed me to have a list to choose from. For multipoint trips, the unit also allowed me to add stops along the route.
The MIO Spirit 8670 LM GPS also has a database of over 3.5 million POI (points of interest), which include ATM’s, gas stations,, lodgings, restaurants, concert halls, amusement parks and many more. This is truly awesome and I liked this feature a lot. The unit also has a dual navigation guidance, which works great. There is a text and voice guidance for directions turn-by-turn. Now, I will give a 10 star rating to the device for calculating the directions by fastest, most economical or shortest routes.
Additionally you can enjoy a 2D or 3D representation of a map. I really giggled out my happiness to find a night mode that changes the color scheme for better viewing.
A cockpit tool to show the direction of the next turn, distance to be covered to reach the destination, estimated time of arrival and some other handy features make it a useful GPS device.
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Performance-wise, the MIO Spirit 8670 LM has a slow start and takes nearly three minutes to capture the satellite fix. The receiver was indeed a good performer, which did a great job by keeping a lock on the GPS fix. The device has a great deal of accuracy. The inbuilt lithium-ion battery is estimated to have a runtime of 4.5 hours. The device also has an inbuilt memory of 256 MB. The TFT screen has a resolution of 320×240 pixels, which is good enough for a small device like this.
MIO Spirit 8670 LM GPS
This portable navigation system is good enough for experienced users, as they will know how to handle it. If you are a first time user, make sure that you carry it under the shade so that you do not complain about the blurred screen under the sun!