Navigator : Mio Map CE
The Mio Map CE application is a customised version of the Navigon Mobile Navigator 4 software. It uses Tele Atlas mapping data. I am not certain which release of maps is used, but it would seem to be the first 2004 TeleAtlas release. Obviously people do not consider buying the Mio268 because of the contacts or MP3 player, it is because of it's Navigation capabilities so that is what this review will concentrate on.
We did a full review of Navigon Mobile Navigator 4 some time ago. Click here for the full review. This review will give you a an idea of the features available in Mio Map, but the other review covers the functionality in more detail.
Starting the Mio Map you get a "nag screen" warning you not to use it whilst driving etc. There is no way to disable this little irritation. Once you have past this then you get the destination selection screen. The destination selection screen has 4 navigation buttons and 2 settings buttons.
These allow you to select:
- Quick navigation to home location (same as home hardware button)
- New destination
- Saved destination
- Recent destination
The selection of the address takes a bit of getting used
to and is a little fiddly. You can enter postcodes, but only
the first 5 characters are used, so you still have to select
a road and house number. The selection is performed by typing
in the first few letters and then pressing OK this will populate
a list for you to select from. All the fields that you need
to enter are labeled with the exception of the house number,
which is entered after the street name, and is not all that
When you have entered the destination you can then tap the
start navigation button and the Mio268 will start calculating
a route. Routes cannot be calculated unless there is a satellite
fix, as this is the start point for your journey. This does
of course mean that you cannot play with the system and plan
The Mio Map software also allows you to select a saved destination,
or a recent destination for your journey.
Route calculation can be configured in a number of ways
to suit your driving style and preferences. In particular
you can plan for: slow car, std car, fast car, motorcycle,lorry,bike,pedestrian.
You can also select fastest route or shortest route. There
are also options for Motorways, Ferries and Toll Roads. All
in all a good selection of configuration options.
The display has both 2D and 3D map views with the option of having orientated north up, or direction up. The lower left section of the screen shows the next turn details. The bottom of the display shows your current position and the next street you need to turn into. The right hand side of the display houses an information panel with a couple of action buttons.
The left pointing arrowhead allows you to quit navigation and return to the select destination display.
The top indicator is the GPS strength, which can be red, orange or green depending on the quality of the signal. Tapping the icon will show the GPS Status screen if you have a satellite fix, otherwise it will prompt you to switch the satellite receiver down to save battery power.
The GPS screen informs you about your current GPS fix including positional details such as co-ordinates, speed, Satellite time, and the number of satellites used to calculate this position. There is also an indication of the street that you are in.
From this screen you can save the position as a favorite. Closing the display returns you to the main navigation view.
The images to the right show the controls that are displayed at the when the map is tapped. These controls are displayed for a short time. These control the 2D/3D map selection, the route overview, North up, Centre GPS location, Drag map, and the zoom settings.
The auto button applies the changes you selected and returns to driving mode hiding these buttons.
What I have describes so far relates to "Standard" user mode. Hidden in the settings there is an "Extended" user mode. Extended user mode allows you to enter itineraries. This allows you to enter a selection of locations, and then navigate to them in sequence.
The itinerary list is sequenced by entry order. Mio Map does not optimise the routing for shortest distance.
As with all navigation systems today as soon as you make
a wrong turn the system detects it and re-calculates to get
you back on the right road.
The Mio Map software also comes with an extensive manual, but due to the translation into English it is sometimes difficult to understand. You can download a copy from the Mitac Website.