updated 10:30 am EST, Tue December 18, 2007
Mio C620 and C620t GPS
Mio today released its anticipated C620 GPS navigator, bringing with it features not often seen in most GPS units. The 4.3-inch touchscreen device is the first from Mio to ship with the company's 2008 GPS software and adds an advanced level of 3D compared to most GPS units. In bird's-eye view mode, the C620 provides full, 3D representations of major landmarks and also provides elevation for bridges and significant inclines; drivers no longer have to be caught by surprise by changes in the road or their relative positions. The software is also clearer in pointing out signs ahead and is faster to get its bearings than on old models.
Each system includes Bluetooth for hands-free calling and MP3 playback that can be paused or resumed without interrupting navigation; both receive speed camera updates in European form, while the C620t adds Traffic Message Channel support for live updates of conditions, including in 3D mode. A camera-based photo tagging system that lets users share images online is standard for either model. Mio is shipping both the stock C620 and the C620t today in Europe with maps of the area but with pricing varying by the country. A version with North American maps is probable but unannounced.