The Mio H610 is primarily a satnav unit, but it’s the best implementation so far of a personal GPS unit with a built-in photo viewer, music and video player. We will be looking at these capabilities here, but if you need a navigation device please see our recommended reviews of the Novogo S700 or the V7 PMD 1400.

As well as packing in an impressive selection of features (you can also store contacts and play games on it), it has a built-in speaker and, even at high volume, the output was good. Mio’s supplied earphones, on the other hand, make bassier tracks sounded tinny.

The Mio H610’s screen is impressive, with bright colours and a high level of contrast and sharpness. It can play music in the background while you browse your Jpeg or bitmap images - another welcome touch. At 2.7in, we also found the screen easier to use for video viewing than some models here.


We’d have liked support for more than just Mpeg4 video and were disappointed that the Mio H610’s touchscreen tended to freeze up, usually after transferring files to the device. The Reset button cleared this. However, the controls were easy to use and the buttons large enough not to be fiddly. Not all were labelled well, though, and it was not always obvious what their function was supposed to be. Scrolling through menus to select items was quick and we had no problem selecting items with a finger.

Mio provides an SD card slot to expand the H610’s memory still further (and so you can swap maps), while the fashion-conscious can swap between the three clip-on surrounds. We managed 16 hours of audio and more than eight hours of video playback on a single battery charge.

Mio H610: Specs

  • MioMap V3 GPS software
  • SiRFStarIII chipset
  • video/photo/audio player
  • 2.7in LCD (320x241 pixels)
  • optional TMC
  • 64MB RAM
  • 2GB memory
  • SD/MMC Card compatible
  • rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 60x87x22mm
  • 166g
  • MioMap V3 GPS software
  • SiRFStarIII chipset
  • video/photo/audio player
  • 2.7in LCD (320x241 pixels)
  • optional TMC
  • 64MB RAM
  • 2GB memory
  • SD/MMC Card compatible
  • rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • 60x87x22mm
  • 166g

OUR VERDICT

It may be an expensive way to buy an MP3 player, but you will benefit from all the features of GPS too. This is the best implementation of multimedia we've seen in a navigation device, but that's not to say it's perfect.

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