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Updated maps - new cities GOOD CHANGE Here is an address that would not come up in the old version - 2160 Gold St, Alviso, CA - apparently the address for Tivo. The city of Alviso, CA wasnt even there in the old one.
THE JURY IS OUT CHANGE Here is a route that apparently is not the most optimal. 100 Oracle Parkway, Redwood City CA, to 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto CA. Due to the roads not being marked with the correct speed - the fastest route that is calculated is via city streets - El Camino Real. (Below - old map) In the new maps (below - new map), the route calculated is exactly the same when using the "fastest route" option. But if you instead use the "easiest route" option - you get part of the route being computed as the optimal route. (The optimal route is supposedly Highway 101 and then Oregon Expressway).
Updated Exits - GOOD CHANGE
I have had the Mio c310x since last november (got it during Staples ThanksGiving sale).
It is an extremely nice GPS system - especially as it was only $150.
I have travelled from Montana to Colorado, and used it in multiple cities in the US and its always worked great.
Its got great features - normally provides great routes - and has tons of addresses. I basically have had no complaints with the device. Even Mio's customer service has been great - its open 24 hours and they get back to you really quick.
In july, Mio started to offer updated maps for the system. This is the first time that I know off - where they have slipped big time.
They have been having tons of problems with this update.
The ordering system was down, shipping was delayed and once the CDs arrived - they wouldnt work!!!! Mio certainly has lost a lot of goodwill with this episode, after having built it up really well with its c310x release.
Anyways, late last night - I got all the information from a bunch of mio forums and got the new maps to work (try www.mionav.com). The maps definetly seem better - unfortunately the number of addresses seem too have been lowered.
I sure hope Mio has learnt a lesson from this fiasco.... they could have better planned this map update and people would have loved the company..... now lets see what happens in the long run.
My advice - the c310x is a great GPS system - it can be had for as less as $150 - its competitors like Garmin are atleast double that. The features are excellent - 2d maps, 3d maps, spoken directions. Also the c310 is nicely hackable and there are tons of resources on doing that.
As for the updated maps - the jury is still out - i will try and review them in the days ahead.