The Mio 269 mobile navigation system is a hand held personal GPS receiver from Mio Technology. This is essentially the same basic system as the very successful, popular and cheaper Mio 268; both have a fully integrated
antenna; touch screen; good functionality and excellent build quality in a
beautiful, flat package.
However, the 269 has a few additional extras such as over 8 million miles of
road mapping data (sourced from Tele Atlas stored on an internal hard disk with
500 MB of usable capacity instead of being stored on a secure digital card) and
a remote control too, and a 1 year manufacturer's warranty!
As I am partially sighted, walking to a new destination has always been a
nightmare for me. Now I use my Mio to walk to and from new places then get back
home, and it has broadened my horizons fantastically.
The mapping software is very easy to use and understand. It gives accurate
directions to any locations I want and can recalculate a new path if I missed a
turn, I really don't know how I did without this little box.
I also like the ability to search for specific points of interest and
calculate a route based on the category type rather than the address. I've found
things on my back doorstep I would never have known were there!
It really will fit in your pocket; unlike most of the TomTom based systems
that require a Blue tooth device for your Pocket PC; This self-contained unit
has nothing sticking out and nothing that can scratch you, catch you or easily
break off. No installation is required - all software and maps are already on
the 2.5Gb hard drive, and it is all set to go from the moment you power it up
(you must charge it for 8 hours before the first use).
Whether you are walking to an address in a new area, driving to a new
destination in the UK, or cycling through Europe, this is the answer to all your
needs and it will run for about 4.5 hours on a single charge.
The Mio 269 includes an MP3 player so you can listen to your favourite music
on it too and there's 500 MBs of storage on the hard drive, that's about 8 hours