Vale: MIO 520.... Just did not cut it...

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 09:10
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Maybe a trap for young players but the MIO has been returned, The text to speach function failed to work, though the MIO tech support had no idea why. Took the first one back and exchanged for another, still no go. Phoned MIO TS again, after some time someone who knew what was going on told me that "text to speach" will only work where the info is encoded in the maps and the ACT, our NATIONAL CAPITAL is considered a rural area therefore no TTS data is encoded....Also noted was the absence of several major though unsealed roads in the area, not a MIO fault more a SENSIS fault. Harding hang on to yours, must be a different batch, the 520 had absolutley zilch info re the Vic/NSW high country an even areas along the far south coast of NSW had very scant info.
Anyway I've ordered on Ebay another 4.3" screen navigator with a money back guarantee with "NAVTEQ" maps....We will wait and see, it cost inc postage $299, not a bad price for a 4.3" and this one has the maps on an SD card and alegedly "freely updatable" from "NATMAP" yeah I didn't come down in the last shower....
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 09:36

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 09:36
Interesting. Whilst it's understandable they ignore Canberra (the rest of us do :) not having High Country tracks is a bit of an issue! My C220 has most (all?) of the tracks shown on 1:25000 maps on Ozi Explorer - indeed they both showed a track which is no longer there on a recent jaunt - took me a while to figure that one out.

Let us know how you go with the new one please Fawlty.

I'm hanging out for 7" displays to come down in price - I should be able to read them without glasses! :(

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 11:09

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 11:09
Ahhhhhhhh one catch with the 7" displays and I did some research on those is that the detail is not any larger, you only seem to get the same area as the 4.3" the remainder of the screen being taken up with "sundry" information.....I find that if I mount the gizmo on it's bracket outside the vehicle I can read the screen without glasses LOL....
I've heard some pro's & Cons of both mapping systems ie Navteq & Sensis and bothe seem to have their good and bad points...
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 13:21

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 13:21
If you buy a 7 o r8" in screen with a high resolution they are better than the small ones by far. I have an 8" which I run as a standalone monitor for my laptop and it has an excellent picture. Has ability to run cameras and also has an inbuilt Tv Tuner All for $175US
I run it at 1024 x 768 same as lappy
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 19:20

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 19:20
US$175 is tempting Graham - who is the supplier please?

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 19:39

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 19:39
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280177695563
They are chinese and the manual is crap but I can help you set it up. Only thing I found was it was hard to stop flaring on the screen in bright sunlight when using a camera. Solved that problem by only using it as a navigator screen and digging out my old Polaris 35MB screen and using it. If u PM me I will send my email addy and can show u some pics of my setup in the car. Am training the wife to be copilot.
Where are u I am in Brissy sort of
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 19:44

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 19:44
Thanks for the response Graham. The link produces an established e-bay seller.

I won't be using a camera so that isn't an issue.

My e-mail address is:
mike_harding@fastmail.fm
and I'm in Melbourne - if I purchase one and have problems I'll drop you a line, thanks for the offer.

Good luck with training the wife... it can be an interesting task.... :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 19:53

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 19:53
Yep thats correct thats where I got it. If I had the chance again I would buy one of the new Asus EE mini laptops for $488 and use that with an external USB drive. A much better item actually
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 10:20

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 10:20
Mr Fawlty
It's way beyond me why people go past Garmin.mine has text to speach in Birdsville.
Now you want to waste money on another piece of crap on Ebay.

(yeah I didn't come down in the last shower....) I think you have.

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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 11:04

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 11:04
Garmin has route66 mapping???The new one has route66 aka Navteq... Garmin use Samsung components?? The new one does, in fact it looks exacry rike a Garmin without plice tag....
As I said we will wait and see...
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Reply By: Kenny Wilson - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 11:09

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 11:09
The only one's to buy are Garmin and Tom Tom

The one thing Garmin does better than Tom Tom is the third party map add on's

The better thing about Tom Tom is the customized Points of interest feature, I can turn any POI symbol on or off at any time within 10 seconds where Garmin needs a Pc an it could take up to 10 minutes

If your not interested in additional maps like Shonkymaps or Oztopo I'd stick to the Tom Tom range
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 13:14

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 13:14
Well I have both Tom Tom Mobile 5 and Copilot Laptop live and I prefer the Copilot. Where I live the Tom Tom cuts thru a back street when the Copilot goes the straight main road way. Also find Copilot gives more direct and sensible routes into Brisbane from the north..
Havent tried the other models of Tom Tom but it appears they all use the same maps so probably will be the same.
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Follow Up By: Kenny Wilson - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 14:34

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 14:34
Tom Tom Version 5 is out dated now, Version 6 is much better, I'm waiting for them to release Version 7 which will be the same maps as Mapsource Version NT 8

I've never seen the Copilot maps before so I can't comment on them
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 14:49

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 14:49
Vers 5 maybe so but later vers wont work on my Nokia phone and my wife wont let me buy another new one. She reckons 9 is enuf.
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Reply By: Shaker - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 19:07

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 19:07
Navteq maps are better in rural areas.
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 20:24

Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 20:24
Yes this seems to be the opinion of the "experts"....AND as the maps are not downloaded directly into the GPS but rather onto an SD card that means there is some "flexibility" as to how one gets updates....Not that I would suggest anything untoward...
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