Overview of the compact GPS navigator Mio H610

Earlier, we have already written about the compact navigator Mio H610 in the article about the novelties of November. Then we noted that the product is interesting even despite the fact that the navigator market itself is very niche, and the H610 model is far from being massive in terms of positioning even within the market. Mio H610 is Mitac's first compact navigator. At the same time, this model simply does not have direct competitors today due to its completely clear focus on use outside the car. No, of course, the device comes with a car charger and accessories for mounting in a car, but the model is much more interesting as a navigator for hiking and a kind of toy.

The last feature deserves special attention. Until recently, even the most compact navigator models from different manufacturers had several generic features. These are either disproportionate dimensions (cubic shape, due to which the device is not convenient to carry in pockets), or technical backwardness (old displays, limited functionality only to the navigation part). Mio H610 bypasses precisely these features - the model is compact without discounts on the shape of the case or thickness, and at the same time offers not only navigation capabilities, but also a number of additional functions, the total number of which allows us to call the model a mixture of a navigator and a player, for example.

For PND (Personal Navigation Device) this is an uncharacteristic feature. Until recently, navigators beat and remain just navigators with a small number of non-navigation-related features that simply create some semblance of additional features. In H610, additional functions become more interesting due to the positioning of the device.

Design, dimensions

The design of the navigator is a combination of simplicity of forms and overall compactness. The shape of the body model resembles a small bar with rounded corners and edges. The device fits entirely in the palm of your hand and will be appropriate in both male and female hands.

Here it should be noted that the model is intended rather for use by the beautiful half of humanity. Such a conclusion can be drawn based on the compactness of the case (90x60x22 mm) and the presence of additional accessories. At the same time, the device in a black case is quite suitable for men.

The model is made of glossy plastic in two colors. Black plastic front and back, silver plastic edges and ends. The black body looks stylish, spectacular, but has one drawback. It is subject to soiling, and traces and fingerprints remain very quickly and after a couple of minutes of use the case is already covered with them. This feature spoils the appearance of the model a little, besides, you have to wipe the case.

The Navigator comes with two additional faceplates. Both panels are decorated with decorative ornaments and are made in light colors.

In order to replace the panel, it is enough to press the white key on the top end into the case and pry off the standard black front panel. The same procedure can be performed in order to wipe the display from dust and fingerprints.

The panel is even easier to insert than it is to remove. You just need to put it on the top of the case and press it in slightly. With any of the additional panels, the navigator becomes completely feminine. At the same time, it looks more like an accessory than a technically complex device.

The model looks nice, additional panels dilute the strict look of the black case and make it more interesting. You can change the panels just like that when one gets bored or by varying them depending on your style and mood (again, all this applies to the beautiful half of humanity).

The only drawback of the panels is that the back of the case remains black when you change the front panel, it is not replaced. At first it seems a little illogical, but then you just get used to this combination.

Controls

A display is located on the front side of the case, it occupies almost the entire front panel. Just above the screen on the left is a light indicator. It flashes green when the navigator is turned on. When connected to a computer or charging the device, this indicator lights up red.

At the top end there is the already mentioned white key for fastening the front panel, as well as the button to turn off the device (hold) and turn off the screen (short press).

On the top right edge there is a slot for SD or MMC memory cards, it is not covered by anything, the memory card is inserted until it clicks and is fixed in the slot. Below is a soft reset key and a navigator lock key recessed into the case.

The bottom end contains a miniUSB connector for charging or data transfer, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone connector. In the center of the end there is a protrusion - an eyelet for attaching a lace or strap to your hand.

There is only one key on the left side - calling the main menu. Given that there are no other controls on the case, the presence of this button looks justified. The key is used when you need to exit an application, leaving it running in the background. For example, you turn on your music player and want to navigate or open a book reader. In this case, when the music player is running, you need to press the menu key, thereby leaving the player running in the background and playing music.

There is a connector for connecting an external antenna on the back side. It is covered with a rubber cap. The speaker of the navigator, covered with a grill, is also located here.

Screen

The device has a TFT-display with QVGA resolution (240x320 pixels) and a diagonal of 2.7" (working area - 54x41 mm).

Vertical viewing angles of the display are almost maximum, the image is not distorted even if the display is tilted a lot. In the case of horizontal corners, on the contrary, the picture is distorted in color even with a slight deviation.

The brightness is at a good level, there are 8 steps to change the brightness of the backlight. In the sun, the picture remains well distinguishable, this is a plus of the display. The colors are a little faded, which is a characteristic feature of all screens used in Mitac navigators. To change the brightness, you need to go to the menu, it will not be possible to change it “with one touch”.

There is no stylus included with the navigator, all work is done with a finger. The screen responds well to pressure. The interface of the device is also suitable for such control - all soft keys have a size that is convenient for pressing with a finger. Even when working with the on-screen keyboard, erroneous clicks are minimal. The absence of a pen affects only when working with a program for reading, in which the interface is optimized specifically for control with a stylus, when working with a finger, you have to aim with a fingernail or use a pen from a communicator or other available tools.

Work offline

The device has a non-removable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1300 mAh. According to the manufacturer, the device is able to operate in navigation mode up to 5 hours. We ran a simple run time test using the navigation feature while walking. The device worked for four days with an average use time of up to 1 hour per day. At the same time, it is important to take into account that the navigator was used not exactly an hour a day, but at intervals of 20-30 minutes. Thus, the total work time was approximately 4 hours when using only the navigation component.

Another test mode is listening to music while reading a book on the navigator screen. In this mode, the model worked for two days at a 4-hour load per day.

The indicators are not record-breaking, they can be called moderate. If you plan to use all the functions of the model (navigation, reading books, listening to music, games), then you should prepare for daily charging of the device.

Performance

The model is built on the Samsung S3C 2440 platform, the central processor has a clock frequency of 400 MHz. The device has 64 MB of RAM and 2 GB of flash memory. The performance of the model is more than enough to work with the navigation program and listen to music. Some slowdowns are noticeable when viewing high-resolution images and photos, but this is more a feature of imaging programs.

Mio H610 supports multitasking It is applicable, for example, to listen to music through the speakers and navigate at the same time. All comments during route guidance will be spoken at the specified volume. During the commentary, the music is paused automatically. Another way to use it is to listen to music through headphones and read a book on the device at the same time.

Interfaces

There are no wireless interfaces in the device, there is only the usual miniUSB port. It is used for charging and data transfer, as well as for software updates such as downloading updated maps. The version of the USB 1.1 port, which makes downloading music or images to the internal memory of the device a rather time consuming task. It is much easier to use a memory card, after downloading music to it through a card reader.

Satellite navigation (GPS)

The device uses a 20-channel GPS receiver with a built-in antenna based on the SiRF Star III chip. We see this chip in most modern devices with a navigation function. Cold start took us about 3 minutes. Subsequently, the satellite search time averaged less than 40 seconds if you stood still. In motion, the search time increases significantly, up to 5 minutes. Positioning accuracy is high, everything here is at the level of other models of navigators from Mitac.

Use in car, car mount

For a car, the navigator comes with a classic mount: a car holder and a bracket. The disadvantage of the holder is that it is monolithic and does not have the ability to rotate, change the viewing angle, etc. That is, in order to deploy the navigator most conveniently while driving, you will have to change the angle of the bracket.

The bracket and holder can be fixed in the car and not removed again, leaving the car in the parking lot. At the same time, the navigator itself is removed from the mount in two seconds, just pull it up.

Hiking

As we noted above, the navigator, despite the presence of car accessories, is positioned as a device for pedestrians. And in this incarnation, using the model is much more convenient and logical. The navigator fits in any pocket without any problems, except that it will slightly delay shirt pockets due to its significant (166 g) weight.

In addition to the compact dimensions, the kit includes a large number of additional accessories specifically for use on foot.

Complete accessories

See above for additional panels and accessories for vehicle mounting. Now let's dwell on the pleasant little things.

Included with the navigator is a short white hand strap, at the end of which there is a plastic panel, which, if necessary, replaces the stylus.

In addition to the strap, there is a long gray cord for wearing the device, for example, on it.

Next comes a complete white case. The cover does not have fasteners and is designed to carry the device in a bag or pockets and not be afraid of scratches on the display or case. The inner side of the cover is made of a pleasant to the touch soft material. The case looks good, it is not too big and fits perfectly into the design of the navigator with a black front panel and additional ones.

Standard headphones have a 3.5 mm jack and are made of white plastic. The short length of the headphone wire is compensated by the following accessory.

Music remote control with 3.5mm input and output. Accordingly, the remote control itself is connected to the 3.5 mm jack of the navigator, and headphones are already connected to its jack. The remote control is made of glossy white plastic. On the front side of the control unit there are round buttons for pause / play and stop, as well as two keys for moving between tracks. On the reverse side there is a clothespin for attaching the remote control to clothes.

As you can see, the list of accessories is impressive. At the same time, almost all accessories will be useful to most users in one way or another. It's nice that the model comes with so many extra little things.

Software

The Navigator is based on the Microsoft WindowsCE .Net 4.2 kernel. The main part of the system is the Mio Map Program. This app is based on software from Nav N Go Kft, better known as iGo. The entire navigation part is based on iGo products, so it has the same familiar interface and other features.

Navigation uses maps from the MultiNet All Europe package by Tele Atlas. The navigator contains maps of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, and the main roads are marked. Navigator capabilities will be enough for most users. If desired, you can additionally install maps of Europe, the USA and others in the navigator.

The map can be displayed in day or night mode. There are 12 map color options available for each mode. Switching is carried out through the menu of the device, or automatically. In the second case, the navigator switches the map based on the date, time and current position on the map. Switching based on this data is carried out a few minutes before sunset or sunrise.

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There are two types of display, flat or 3D. The map can be positioned at any angle, from vertical to almost as close to objects as possible. While driving, you can zoom in on the map yourself by clicking on the corresponding icon.

Navigator has the ability to automatically plot a route to a specified point. There are three modes of route calculation.

Economy – mode for saving fuel, the program calculates the optimal route in terms of the ratio of the maximum possible speed and distance.

Fast - a mode in which a route is selected for driving at the maximum allowable speed.

Short – the program selects a route based on the shortest distance between the given points.

You can also choose the type of transport you are using. Depending on the selected type, additional objects or symbols will be marked on the map. By selecting a pedestrian from this menu, we will completely disable additional objects, such as road type, road toll sign, U-turn markings and highway.

Smart zoom is available for route navigation. At the same time, the navigator itself chooses the optimal scale and viewing angle depending on your position on the map. In turns, the angle of inclination changes for better visibility of the turn, objects approach, when driving in a straight line at high speed, the angle evens out and the picture moves away.

When following a route, the navigator announces by voice about the necessary turns, the required speed limit, etc. The "Dynamic sound" mode is available in the settings. When it is activated, upon reaching a certain speed (set in the settings), the volume level of the navigator rises, becoming maximum. Note that the maximum volume of Mio H610 is at a high level. Even if you listen to music in the car at an average volume, the navigator will be able to overhear the sound in the speakers. In total, the device provides 6 volume levels for the general menu, as well as smooth adjustment for the navigation mode.

Two commentators in Russian are available for voice alerts, this is Vladimir the man or Natasha the woman. Both speak in a serious and extremely concentrated voice. There are also commentators in several other languages.

POI - Points of Interest

A significant number of POI points (various sights, restaurants, parks, gas stations, etc.) are provided for the map of Moscow and St. Petersburg. In total there are more than 24 thousand of them in new versions of maps. Among the main ones it is worth noting the following categories: transport, entertainment, services, shopping, culture, sports, food, buildings, housing, state. institutions and natural parks. Each of the categories is divided into many points. For example, for the "Entertainment" type, this is a division into: parks, cinemas, clubs, zoos, casinos, attractions, music centers.

For the map of Moscow, the information is up-to-date. Of course, not all objects are included in the list, but the current base of Tele Atlas is quite large. In addition to the POIs loaded into the map, you can define your own objects by assigning them a type, an appropriate icon, and a name. You can also set your home and work addresses and activate them at any convenient time. This feature is useful when you need to select a route to home or work. In any Mio navigator, this can be done with just a few touches of the screen.

When entering addresses, there is a feature characteristic of iGo and programs based on it. When you enter an address letter, the entered value is matched by the program base and you can then only enter a specific letter. This was done to simplify and speed up input. Example, you need to enter the address "Dmitrovskoe shosse". You enter the letter D and not all letters are available to you for subsequent input, but only those that come after D in the name of the streets (in this case, the street must be in the database of the navigator). This significantly reduces the input time, although it seems unusual at first.

Separately, I would like to note the help system implemented in the Mio Map program. From almost every menu item or settings, a help system is available to you. These are detailed descriptions for individual settings with examples. The help system is well done and can help in situations where the purpose of a particular setting item is not clear to you. The undoubted advantage of integrating help directly into the program is that you do not have to look for the answer to your question in the paper instructions, just select the help icon in the navigator menu.

Additional features

In addition to the navigation function, the device is capable of playing MP3, video files, and viewing graphic files. The model has an address book, you can enter the most important and frequently used contacts there manually or synchronize the book with Microsoft Outlook on your computer.

As noted above, the Mio H610 is multitasking, that is, you can listen to music through the navigator and read a book or watch photos on the device at the same time.

A simple player is used to play the MP3 format. It is possible to work with playlists in *m3u format. There is a 10 band equalizer with manual adjustment and several preset types of settings. Several playback modes are available, including single track playback, repeat, repeat entire playlist, etc.

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Sound quality is good when using standard headphones. If you connect good headphones, then the sound quality is comparable to common players. You can use the navigator as a simple audio player.

Slideshow mode is available for photos, image enlargement. You can also transfer photos from the card to the internal memory of the device and vice versa.

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The video player is simple: there is a list of available files, videos can be played in a window or in full screen mode. The video is played in AVI format. There is a limitation on the maximum video resolution, it should not exceed the display resolution - 240x320 pixels. If the width or height of the video exceeds this limit, the navigator will not play it. To convert video, a program is included with the device.

Watching a video is not very convenient for two reasons. Small diagonal and too small horizontal viewing angles. When watching a video in full-screen mode, the device rotates so that these horizontal angles become vertical for the viewer, and even with a slight deviation, the picture is distorted. However, when watching small videos, these shortcomings are not critical.

From the settings available: adjust the volume and brightness, screen calibration, select the interface language, as well as the ability to turn off the device after a certain period of time.

Apps, Games

Compass is an electronic magnetic compass. After launch, calibration is required, after which you can use the program, for example, for orienteering.

WorldMate - the program consists of several applications, consider them. The first application is the watch. One window displays information about 5 time zones, each of which you choose yourself. In addition to the current time, information about the date is displayed, as well as the weather in each of the selected cities. The alarm clock is also set here.

The next application is the weather forecast. The forecast for the next 3 days for 4 cities is displayed. You can also separately view a detailed forecast for the selected city. In Mio H610, to update the weather, you need to connect the navigator to a computer (the navigator itself does not have modules for accessing the Internet) and install a special program from the kit.

Next is the world map. On it, by pointing at the cursor, you can select one of the many cities to view the current time, as well as the weather.

Currency Converter, another of WorldMate's applications. The list of convertible currencies probably includes all of its existing types. You can set the course yourself, as well as update it via the Internet by connecting the navigator to your computer.

The Unit Converter, as the name suggests, converts areas, speeds, volumes, and other quantities. There are 8 of them in total. You set the value of the value and its designation, then choose what to convert to.

Telephone codes - a directory of codes for countries, as well as cities in the United States and Canada.

Clothing sizes - another guide. Shows information about the ratio of clothing sizes in different standards - American, European, English and Japanese.

Books - this name hides the Alreader program for reading books. The application has a large number of settings and will be able to satisfy even the most demanding user: the font, text display mode, background color and additional symbols on it, auto scroll modes and styles are configured. In addition, all settings can be saved to a profile and used for other purposes

Overview of the compact GPS navigator Mio H610

Earlier, we have already written about the compact navigator Mio H610 in the article about the novelties of November. Then we noted that the product is interesting even despite the fact that the navigator market itself is very niche, and the H610 model is far from being massive in terms of positioning even within the market. Mio H610 is Mitac's first compact navigator. At the same time, this model simply does not have direct competitors today due to its completely clear focus on use outside the car. No, of course, the device comes with a car charger and accessories for mounting in a car, but the model is much more interesting as a navigator for hiking and a kind of toy.

The last feature deserves special attention. Until recently, even the most compact navigator models from different manufacturers had several generic features. These are either disproportionate dimensions (cubic shape, due to which the device is not convenient to carry in pockets), or technical backwardness (old displays, limited functionality only to the navigation part). Mio H610 bypasses precisely these features - the model is compact without discounts on the shape of the case or thickness, and at the same time offers not only navigation capabilities, but also a number of additional functions, the total number of which allows us to call the model a mixture of a navigator and a player, for example.

For a PND (Personal Navigation Device), this is an uncharacteristic feature. Until recently, navigators beat and remain just navigators with a small number of non-navigation-related features that simply create some semblance of additional features. In H610, additional functions become more interesting due to the positioning of the device.

Design, dimensions

The design of the navigator is a combination of simplicity of forms and overall compactness. The shape of the body model resembles a small bar with rounded corners and edges. The device fits entirely in the palm of your hand and will be appropriate in both male and female hands.

Here it should be noted that the model is intended rather for use by the beautiful half of humanity. Such a conclusion can be drawn based on the compactness of the case (90x60x22 mm) and the presence of additional accessories. At the same time, the device in a black case is quite suitable for men.

The model is made of glossy plastic in two colors. Black plastic front and back, silver plastic edges and ends. The black body looks stylish, spectacular, but has one drawback. It is subject to soiling, and traces and fingerprints remain very quickly and after a couple of minutes of use the case is already covered with them. This feature spoils the appearance of the model a little, besides, you have to wipe the case.

The Navigator comes with two additional faceplates. Both panels are decorated with decorative ornaments and are made in light colors.

In order to replace the panel, it is enough to press the white key on the top end into the case and pry off the standard black front panel. The same procedure can be performed in order to wipe the display from dust and fingerprints.

The panel is even easier to insert than it is to remove. You just need to put it on the top of the case and press it in slightly. With any of the additional panels, the navigator becomes completely feminine. At the same time, it resembles more of an accessory than a technically complex device.

The model looks nice, additional panels dilute the strict look of the black case and make it more interesting. You can change the panels just like that when one gets bored or by varying them depending on your style and mood (again, all this applies to the beautiful half of humanity).

The only drawback of the panels is that the back of the case remains black when you change the front panel, it is not replaced. At first it seems a little illogical, but then you just get used to this combination.

Controls

A display is located on the front side of the case, it occupies almost the entire front panel. Just above the screen on the left is a light indicator. It flashes green when the navigator is turned on. When connected to a computer or charging the device, this indicator lights up red.

At the top end there is the already mentioned white key for fastening the front panel, as well as the button to turn off the device (hold) and turn off the screen (short press).

On the top right edge there is a slot for SD or MMC memory cards, it is not covered by anything, the memory card is inserted until it clicks and is fixed in the slot. Below is a soft reset key and a navigator lock key recessed into the case.

The bottom end contains a miniUSB connector for charging or data transfer, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone connector. In the center of the end there is a protrusion - an eyelet for attaching a lace or strap to your hand.

There is only one key on the left side - calling the main menu. Given that there are no other controls on the case, the presence of this button looks justified. The key is used when you need to exit an application, leaving it running in the background. For example, you turn on your music player and want to navigate or open a book reader. In this case, when the music player is running, you need to press the menu key, thereby leaving the player running in the background and playing music.

There is a connector for connecting an external antenna on the back side. It is covered with a rubber cap. The speaker of the navigator, covered with a grill, is also located here.

Screen

The device has a TFT-display with QVGA resolution (240x320 pixels) and a diagonal of 2.7" (working area - 54x41 mm).

Vertical viewing angles of the display are almost maximum, the image is not distorted even if the display is tilted a lot. In the case of horizontal corners, on the contrary, the picture is distorted in color even with a slight deviation.

The brightness is at a good level, there are 8 steps to change the brightness of the backlight. In the sun, the picture remains well distinguishable, this is a plus of the display. The colors are a little faded, which is a characteristic feature of all screens used in Mitac navigators. To change the brightness, you need to go to the menu, it will not be possible to change it “with one touch”.

There is no stylus included with the navigator, all work is done with a finger. The screen responds well to pressure. The interface of the device is also suitable for such control - all soft keys have a size that is convenient for pressing with a finger. Even when working with the on-screen keyboard, erroneous clicks are minimal. The absence of a pen affects only when working with a program for reading, in which the interface is optimized specifically for control with a stylus, when working with a finger, you have to aim with a fingernail or use a pen from a communicator or other available tools.

Work offline

The device has a non-removable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1300 mAh. According to the manufacturer, the device is able to work in navigation mode up to 5 hours. We ran a simple runtime test using the navigation feature while walking. The device worked for four days with an average use time of up to 1 hour per day. At the same time, it is important to take into account that the navigator was used not exactly an hour a day, but at intervals of 20-30 minutes. Thus, the total work time was approximately 4 hours when using only the navigation component.

Another test mode is listening to music while reading a book on the navigator screen. In this mode, the model worked for two days at a 4-hour load per day.

The indicators are not record-breaking, they can be called moderate. If you plan to use all the functions of the model (navigation, reading books, listening to music, games), then you should prepare for daily charging of the device.

Performance

The model is built on the Samsung S3C 2440 platform, the central processor has a clock frequency of 400 MHz. The device has 64 MB of RAM and 2 GB of flash memory. The performance of the model is more than enough to work with the navigation program and listen to music. Some slowdowns are noticeable when viewing high-resolution images and photos, but this is more a feature of imaging programs.

Mio H610 supports multitasking It is applicable, for example, to listen to music through the speakers and navigate at the same time. All comments during route guidance will be spoken at the specified volume. During the commentary, the music is paused automatically. Another way to use it is to listen to music through headphones and read a book on the device at the same time.

Interfaces

There are no wireless interfaces in the device, there is only the usual miniUSB port. It is used for charging and data transfer, as well as for software updates such as downloading updated maps. The version of the USB 1.1 port, which makes downloading music or images to the internal memory of the device a rather time consuming task. It is much easier to use a memory card, after downloading music to it through a card reader.

Satellite navigation (GPS)

The device uses a 20-channel GPS receiver with a built-in antenna based on the SiRF Star III chip. We see this chip in most modern devices with a navigation function. Cold start took us about 3 minutes. Subsequently, the satellite search time averaged less than 40 seconds if you stood still. In motion, the search time increases significantly, up to 5 minutes. Positioning accuracy is high, everything here is at the level of other models of navigators from Mitac.

Use in car, car mount

For a car, the navigator comes with a classic mount: a car holder and a bracket. The disadvantage of the holder is that it is monolithic and does not have the ability to rotate, change the viewing angle, etc. That is, in order to deploy the navigator most conveniently while driving, you will have to change the angle of the bracket.

The bracket and holder can be fixed in the car and not removed again, leaving the car in the parking lot. At the same time, the navigator itself is removed from the mount in two seconds, just pull it up.

Hiking

As we noted above, the navigator, despite the presence of car accessories, is positioned as a device for pedestrians. And in this incarnation, using the model is much more convenient and logical. The navigator fits in any pocket without any problems, except that it will slightly delay shirt pockets due to its significant (166 g) weight.

In addition to the compact dimensions, the kit includes a large number of additional accessories specifically for use on foot.

Complete accessories

See above for additional panels and accessories for vehicle mounting. Now let's dwell on the pleasant little things.

Included with the navigator is a short white hand strap, at the end of which there is a plastic panel, which, if necessary, replaces the stylus.

In addition to the strap, there is a long gray cord for wearing the device, for example, on it.

Next comes a complete white case. The cover does not have fasteners and is designed to carry the device in a bag or pockets and not be afraid of scratches on the display or case. The inner side of the cover is made of a pleasant to the touch soft material. The case looks good, it is not too big and fits perfectly into the design of the navigator with a black front panel and additional ones.

Standard headphones have a 3.5 mm jack and are made of white plastic. The short length of the headphone wire is compensated by the following accessory.

Music remote control with 3.5mm input and output. Accordingly, the remote control itself is connected to the 3.5 mm jack of the navigator, and headphones are already connected to its jack. The remote control is made of glossy white plastic. On the front side of the control unit there are round buttons for pause / play and stop, as well as two keys for moving between tracks. On the reverse side there is a clothespin for attaching the remote control to clothes.

As you can see, the list of accessories is impressive. At the same time, almost all accessories will be useful to most users in one way or another. It's nice that the model comes with so many extra little things.

Software

The Navigator is based on the Microsoft WindowsCE .Net 4.2 kernel. The main part of the system is the Mio Map Program. This app is based on software from Nav N Go Kft, better known as iGo. The entire navigation part is based on iGo products, so it has the same familiar interface and other features.

Navigation uses maps from the MultiNet All Europe package by Tele Atlas. The navigator contains maps of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, and the main roads are marked. Navigator capabilities will be enough for most users. If desired, you can additionally install maps of Europe, the USA and others in the navigator.

The map can be displayed in day or night mode. There are 12 map color options available for each mode. Switching is carried out through the menu of the device, or automatically. In the second case, the navigator switches the map based on the date, time and current position on the map. Switching based on this data is carried out a few minutes before sunset or sunrise.

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There are two types of display, flat or 3D. The map can be positioned at any angle, from vertical to almost as close to objects as possible. While driving, you can zoom in on the map yourself by clicking on the corresponding icon.

Navigator has the ability to automatically plot a route to a specified point. There are three modes of route calculation.

Economy – mode for saving fuel, the program calculates the optimal route in terms of the ratio of the maximum possible speed and distance.

Fast - a mode in which a route is selected for driving at the maximum allowable speed.

Short – the program selects a route based on the shortest distance between the given points.

You can also choose the type of transport you are using. Depending on the selected type, additional objects or symbols will be marked on the map. By selecting a pedestrian from this menu, we will completely disable additional objects, such as road type, road toll sign, U-turn markings and highway.

Smart zoom is available for route navigation. At the same time, the navigator itself chooses the optimal scale and viewing angle depending on your position on the map. In turns, the angle of inclination changes for better visibility of the turn, objects approach, when driving in a straight line at high speed, the angle evens out and the picture moves away.

When following a route, the navigator announces by voice about the necessary turns, the required speed limit, etc. The "Dynamic sound" mode is available in the settings. When it is activated, upon reaching a certain speed (set in the settings), the volume level of the navigator rises, becoming maximum. Note that the maximum volume of Mio H610 is at a high level. Even if you listen to music in the car at an average volume, the navigator will be able to overhear the sound in the speakers. In total, the device provides 6 volume levels for the general menu, as well as smooth adjustment for the navigation mode.

Two commentators in Russian are available for voice alerts, this is Vladimir the man or Natasha the woman. Both speak in a serious and extremely concentrated voice. There are also commentators in several other languages.

POI - Points of Interest

A significant number of POI points (various sights, restaurants, parks, gas stations, etc.) are provided for the map of Moscow and St. Petersburg. In total there are more than 24 thousand of them in new versions of maps. Among the main ones it is worth noting the following categories: transport, entertainment, services, shopping, culture, sports, food, buildings, housing, state. institutions and natural parks. Each of the categories is divided into many points. For example, for the "Entertainment" type, this is a division into: parks, cinemas, clubs, zoos, casinos, attractions, music centers.

For the map of Moscow, the information is up-to-date. Of course, not all objects are included in the list, but the current base of Tele Atlas is quite large. In addition to the POIs loaded into the map, you can define your own objects by assigning them a type, an appropriate icon, and a name. You can also set your home and work addresses and activate them at any convenient time. This feature is useful when you need to select a route to home or work. In any Mio navigator, this can be done with just a few touches of the screen.

When entering addresses, there is a feature characteristic of iGo and programs based on it. When you enter an address letter, the entered value is matched by the program base and you can then only enter a specific letter. This was done to simplify and speed up input. Example, you need to enter the address "Dmitrovskoe shosse". You enter the letter D and not all letters are available to you for subsequent input, but only those that come after D in the name of the streets (in this case, the street must be in the database of the navigator). This significantly reduces the input time, although it seems unusual at first.

Separately, I would like to note the help system implemented in the Mio Map program. From almost every menu item or settings, a help system is available to you. These are detailed descriptions for individual settings with examples. The help system is well done and can help in situations where the purpose of a particular setting item is not clear to you. The undoubted advantage of integrating help directly into the program is that you do not have to look for the answer to your question in the paper instructions, just select the help icon in the navigator menu.

Additional features

In addition to the navigation function, the device is capable of playing MP3, video files, and viewing graphic files. The model has an address book, you can enter the most important and frequently used contacts there manually or synchronize the book with Microsoft Outlook on your computer.

As noted above, the Mio H610 is multitasking, that is, you can listen to music through the navigator and read a book or watch photos on the device at the same time.

A simple player is used to play the MP3 format. It is possible to work with playlists in *m3u format. There is a 10 band equalizer with manual adjustment and several preset types of settings. Several playback modes are available, including single track playback, repeat, repeat entire playlist, etc.

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Sound quality is good when using standard headphones. If you connect good headphones, then the sound quality is comparable to common players. You can use the navigator as a simple audio player.

Slideshow mode is available for photos, image enlargement. You can also transfer photos from the card to the internal memory of the device and vice versa.

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The video player is simple: there is a list of available files, videos can be played in a window or in full screen mode. The video is played in AVI format. There is a limitation on the maximum video resolution, it should not exceed the display resolution - 240x320 pixels. If the width or height of the video exceeds this limit, the navigator will not play it. To convert video, a program is included with the device.

Watching a video is not very convenient for two reasons. Small diagonal and too small horizontal viewing angles. When watching a video in full-screen mode, the device rotates so that these horizontal angles become vertical for the viewer, and even with a slight deviation, the picture is distorted. However, when watching small videos, these shortcomings are not critical.

From the settings available: adjust the volume and brightness, screen calibration, select the interface language, as well as the ability to turn off the device after a certain period of time.

Apps, Games

Compass is an electronic magnetic compass. After launch, calibration is required, after which you can use the program, for example, for orienteering.

WorldMate - the program consists of several applications, consider them. The first application is the watch. One window displays information about 5 time zones, each of which you choose yourself. In addition to the current time, information about the date is displayed, as well as the weather in each of the selected cities. The alarm clock is also set here.

The next application is the weather forecast. The forecast for the next 3 days for 4 cities is displayed. You can also separately view a detailed forecast for the selected city. In Mio H610, to update the weather, you need to connect the navigator to a computer (the navigator itself does not have modules for accessing the Internet) and install a special program from the kit.

Next is the world map. On it, by pointing at the cursor, you can select one of the many cities to view the current time, as well as the weather.

Currency Converter, another of WorldMate's applications. The list of convertible currencies probably includes all of its existing types. You can set the course yourself, as well as update it via the Internet by connecting the navigator to your computer.

The Unit Converter, as the name suggests, converts areas, speeds, volumes, and other quantities. There are 8 of them in total. You set the value of the value and its designation, then choose what to convert to.

Telephone codes - a directory of codes for countries, as well as cities in the United States and Canada.

Clothing sizes - another guide. Shows information about the ratio of clothing sizes in different standards - American, European, English and Japanese.

Books - this name hides the Alreader program for reading books. The application has a large number of settings and will be able to satisfy even the most demanding user: the font, text display mode, background color and additional symbols on it, auto scroll modes and styles are configured. In addition, all settings can be saved to a profile and used for other purposes

Overview of the compact GPS navigator Mio H610

Earlier, we have already written about the compact navigator Mio H610 in the article about the novelties of November. Then we noted that the product is interesting even despite the fact that the navigator market itself is very niche, and the H610 model is far from being massive in terms of positioning even within the market. Mio H610 is Mitac's first compact navigator. At the same time, this model simply does not have direct competitors today due to its completely clear focus on use outside the car. No, of course, the device comes with a car charger and accessories for mounting in a car, but the model is much more interesting as a navigator for hiking and a kind of toy.

The last feature deserves special attention. Until recently, even the most compact navigator models from different manufacturers had several generic features. These are either disproportionate dimensions (cubic shape, due to which the device is not convenient to carry in pockets), or technical backwardness (old displays, limited functionality only to the navigation part). Mio H610 bypasses precisely these features - the model is compact without discounts on the shape of the case or thickness, and at the same time offers not only navigation capabilities, but also a number of additional functions, the total number of which allows us to call the model a mixture of a navigator and a player, for example.

For PND (Personal Navigation Device) this is an uncharacteristic feature. Until recently, navigators beat and remain just navigators with a small number of non-navigation-related features that simply create some semblance of additional features. In H610, additional functions become more interesting due to the positioning of the device.

Design, dimensions

The design of the navigator is a combination of simplicity of forms and overall compactness. The shape of the body model resembles a small bar with rounded corners and edges. The device fits entirely in the palm of your hand and will be appropriate in both male and female hands.

Here it should be noted that the model is intended rather for use by the beautiful half of humanity. Such a conclusion can be drawn based on the compactness of the case (90x60x22 mm) and the presence of additional accessories. At the same time, the device in a black case is quite suitable for men.

The model is made of glossy plastic in two colors. Black plastic front and back, silver plastic edges and ends. The black body looks stylish, spectacular, but has one drawback. It is subject to soiling, and traces and fingerprints remain very quickly and after a couple of minutes of use the case is already covered with them. This feature spoils the appearance of the model a little, besides, you have to wipe the case.

The Navigator comes with two additional faceplates. Both panels are decorated with decorative ornaments and are made in light colors.

In order to replace the panel, it is enough to press the white key on the top end into the case and pry off the standard black front panel. The same procedure can be performed in order to wipe the display from dust and fingerprints.

The panel is even easier to insert than it is to remove. You just need to put it on the top of the case and press it in slightly. With any of the additional panels, the navigator becomes completely feminine. At the same time, it looks more like an accessory than a technically complex device.

The model looks nice, additional panels dilute the strict look of the black case and make it more interesting. You can change the panels just like that when one gets bored or by varying them depending on your style and mood (again, all this applies to the beautiful half of humanity).

The only drawback of the panels is that the back of the case remains black when you change the front panel, it is not replaced. At first it seems a little illogical, but then you just get used to this combination.

Controls

A display is located on the front side of the case, it occupies almost the entire front panel. Just above the screen on the left is a light indicator. It flashes green when the navigator is turned on. When connected to a computer or charging the device, this indicator lights up red.

At the top end is the already mentioned white front panel fastening key, as well as the button to turn off the device (hold) and turn off the screen (short press).

On the top right edge there is a slot for SD or MMC memory cards, it is not covered by anything, the memory card is inserted until it clicks and is fixed in the slot. Below is a soft reset key and a navigator lock key recessed into the case.

The bottom end contains a miniUSB connector for charging or data transfer, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone connector. In the center of the butt there is a protrusion - an eyelet for attaching a lace or strap to your hand.

There is only one key on the left side - calling the main menu. Given that there are no other controls on the case, the presence of this button looks justified. The key is used when you need to exit an application, leaving it running in the background. For example, you turn on your music player and want to navigate or open a book reader. In this case, when the music player is running, you need to press the menu key, thereby leaving the player running in the background and playing music.

There is an external antenna connector on the back side. It is covered with a rubber cap. The speaker of the navigator is also located here, covered with a grille.

Screen

The device has a TFT-display with QVGA resolution (240x320 pixels) and a diagonal of 2.7" (working area - 54x41 mm).

Vertical viewing angles of the display are almost maximum, the image is not distorted even if the display is tilted a lot. In the case of horizontal corners, on the contrary, the picture is distorted in color even with a slight deviation.

The brightness is at a good level, there are 8 steps to change the brightness of the backlight. In the sun, the picture remains well distinguishable, this is a plus of the display. The colors are a little faded, which is a characteristic feature of all screens used in Mitac navigators. To change the brightness, you need to go to the menu, it will not be possible to change it “with one touch”.

There is no stylus included with the navigator, all work is done with a finger. The screen responds well to pressure. The interface of the device is also suitable for such control - all soft keys have a size that is convenient for pressing with a finger. Even when working with the on-screen keyboard, erroneous clicks are minimal. The absence of a pen affects only when working with a program for reading, in which the interface is optimized specifically for control with a stylus, when working with a finger, you have to aim with a fingernail or use a pen from a communicator or other available tools.

Offline work

The device has a non-removable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1300 mAh. According to the manufacturer, the device is able to operate in navigation mode up to 5 hours. We ran a simple run time test using the navigation feature while walking. The device worked for four days with an average use time of up to 1 hour per day. At the same time, it is important to take into account that the navigator was used not exactly an hour a day, but at intervals of 20-30 minutes. Thus, the total work time was approximately 4 hours when using only the navigation component.

Another test mode is listening to music while reading a book on the navigator screen. In this mode, the model worked for two days at a 4-hour load per day.

The indicators are not record-breaking, they can be called moderate. If you plan to use all the functions of the model (navigation, reading books, listening to music, games), then you should prepare for daily charging of the device.

Performance

The model is built on the Samsung S3C 2440 platform, the central processor has a clock frequency of 400 MHz. The device has 64 MB of RAM and 2 GB of flash memory. The performance of the model is more than enough to work with the navigation program and listen to music. Some slowdowns are noticeable when viewing high-resolution images and photos, but this is more a feature of imaging programs.

Mio H610 supports multitasking It is applicable, for example, to listen to music through the speakers and navigate at the same time. All comments during route guidance will be spoken at the specified volume. During the commentary, the music is paused automatically. Another way to use it is to listen to music through headphones and read a book on the device at the same time.

Interfaces

There are no wireless interfaces in the device, there is only the usual miniUSB port. It is used for charging and data transfer, as well as for software updates such as downloading updated maps. The version of the USB 1.1 port, which makes downloading music or images to the internal memory of the device a rather time consuming task. It is much easier to use a memory card, after downloading music to it through a card reader.

Satellite navigation (GPS)

The device uses a 20-channel GPS receiver with a built-in antenna based on the SiRF Star III chip. We see this chip in most modern devices with a navigation function. Cold start took us about 3 minutes. Subsequently, the satellite search time averaged less than 40 seconds if you stood still. In motion, the search time increases significantly, up to 5 minutes. Positioning accuracy is high, everything here is at the level of other models of navigators from Mitac.

Use in a car, car mount

For a car, the navigator comes with a classic mount: a car holder and a bracket. The disadvantage of the holder is that it is monolithic and does not have the ability to rotate, change the viewing angle, etc. That is, in order to deploy the navigator most conveniently while driving, you will have to change the angle of the bracket.

The bracket and holder can be fixed in the car and not removed again, leaving the car in the parking lot. At the same time, the navigator itself is removed from the mount in two seconds, just pull it up.

Hiking

As we noted above, the navigator, despite the presence of car accessories, is positioned as a device for pedestrians. And in this incarnation, using the model is much more convenient and logical. The navigator fits in any pocket without any problems, except that it will slightly delay shirt pockets due to its significant (166 g) weight.

In addition to the compact dimensions, the kit includes a large number of additional accessories specifically for use on foot.

Complete accessories

See above for additional panels and accessories for vehicle mounting. Now let's dwell on the pleasant little things.

Included with the navigator is a short white hand strap, at the end of which there is a plastic panel, which, if necessary, replaces the stylus.

In addition to the strap, there is a long gray cord for wearing the device, for example, on it.

Next comes a complete white case. The cover does not have fasteners and is designed to carry the device in a bag or pockets and not be afraid of scratches on the display or case. The inner side of the cover is made of a pleasant to the touch soft material. The case looks good, it is not too big and fits perfectly into the design of the navigator with a black front panel and additional ones.

Standard headphones have a 3.5 mm jack and are made of white plastic. The short length of the headphone wire is compensated by the following accessory.

Music remote control with 3.5mm input and output. Accordingly, the remote control itself is connected to the 3.5 mm jack of the navigator, and headphones are already connected to its jack. The remote control is made of glossy white plastic. On the front side of the control unit there are round buttons for pause / play and stop, as well as two keys for moving between tracks. On the reverse side there is a clothespin for attaching the remote control to clothes.

As you can see, the list of accessories is impressive. At the same time, almost all accessories will be useful to most users in one way or another. It's nice that the model comes with so many extra little things.

Software

The Navigator is based on the Microsoft WindowsCE .Net 4.2 kernel. The main part of the system is the Mio Map Program. This app is based on software from Nav N Go Kft, better known as iGo. The entire navigation part is based on iGo products, so it has the same familiar interface and other features.

For navigation, maps from the MultiNet All Europe package by Tele Atlas were used. The navigator contains maps of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, and the main roads are marked. Navigator capabilities will be enough for most users. If desired, you can additionally install maps of Europe, the USA and others in the navigator.

The map can be displayed in day or night mode. There are 12 map color options available for each mode. Switching is carried out through the menu of the device, or automatically. In the second case, the navigator switches the map based on the date, time and current position on the map. Switching based on this data is carried out a few minutes before sunset or sunrise.

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There are two types of display, flat or 3D. The map can be positioned at any angle, from vertical to almost as close to objects as possible. While driving, you can zoom in on the map yourself by clicking on the corresponding icon.

Navigator has the ability to automatically plot a route to a specified point. There are three modes of route calculation.

Economy – mode for saving fuel, the program calculates the optimal route in terms of the ratio of the maximum possible speed and distance.

Fast - a mode in which a route is selected for driving at the maximum allowable speed.

Short – the program selects a route based on the shortest distance between the given points.

You can also choose the type of transport you are using. Depending on the selected type, additional objects or symbols will be marked on the map. By selecting a pedestrian from this menu, we will completely disable additional objects, such as road type, road toll sign, U-turn markings and highway.

Smart zoom is available for navigating a route. At the same time, the navigator itself chooses the optimal scale and viewing angle depending on your position on the map. In turns, the angle of inclination changes for better visibility of the turn, objects approach, when driving in a straight line at high speed, the angle evens out and the picture moves away.

When following a route, the navigator announces by voice about the necessary turns, the required speed limit, etc. The "Dynamic sound" mode is available in the settings. When it is activated, upon reaching a certain speed (set in the settings), the volume level of the navigator rises, becoming maximum. Note that the maximum volume of Mio H610 is at a high level. Even if you listen to music in the car at an average volume, the navigator will be able to overhear the sound in the speakers. In total, the device provides 6 volume levels for the general menu, as well as smooth adjustment for the navigation mode.

Two commentators in Russian are available for voice alerts, this is Vladimir the man or Natasha the woman. Both speak in a serious and extremely concentrated voice. There are also commentators in several other languages.

POI - Points of Interest

A significant number of POI points (various sights, restaurants, parks, gas stations, etc.) are provided for the map of Moscow and St. Petersburg. In total there are more than 24 thousand of them in new versions of maps. Among the main ones it is worth noting the following categories: transport, entertainment, services, shopping, culture, sports, food, buildings, housing, state. institutions and natural parks. Each of the categories is divided into many points. For example, for the "Entertainment" type, this is a division into: parks, cinemas, clubs, zoos, casinos, attractions, music centers.

For the map of Moscow, the information is up-to-date. Of course, not all objects are included in the list, but the current base of Tele Atlas is quite large. In addition to the POIs loaded into the map, you can define your own objects by assigning them a type, an appropriate icon, and a name. You can also set your home and work addresses and activate them at any convenient time. This feature is useful when you need to select a route to home or work. In any Mio navigator, this can be done with just a few touches of the screen.

When entering addresses, there is a feature characteristic of iGo and programs based on it. When you enter an address letter, the entered value is matched by the program base and you can then only enter a specific letter. This was done to simplify and speed up input. Example, you need to enter the address "Dmitrovskoe shosse". You enter the letter D and not all letters are available to you for subsequent input, but only those that come after D in the name of the streets (in this case, the street must be in the database of the navigator). This significantly reduces the input time, although it seems unusual at first.

Separately, I would like to note the help system implemented in the Mio Map program. From almost every menu item or settings, a help system is available to you. These are detailed descriptions for individual settings with examples. The help system is well done and can help in situations where the purpose of a particular setting item is not clear to you. The undoubted advantage of integrating help directly into the program is that you do not have to look for the answer to your question in the paper instructions, just select the help icon in the navigator menu.

Additional features

In addition to the navigation function, the device is capable of playing MP3, video files, and viewing graphic files. The model has an address book, you can enter the most important and frequently used contacts there manually or synchronize the book with Microsoft Outlook on your computer.

As noted above, the Mio H610 is multitasking, that is, you can listen to music through the navigator and read a book or watch photos on the device at the same time.

A simple player is used to play the MP3 format. It is possible to work with playlists in *m3u format. There is a 10 band equalizer with manual adjustment and several preset types of settings. Several playback modes are available, including single track playback, repeat, repeat the entire playlist, etc.

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Sound quality is good when using standard headphones. If you connect good headphones, the sound quality is comparable to common players. You can use the navigator as a simple audio player.

Slideshow mode is available for photos, image enlargement. You can also transfer photos from the card to the internal memory of the device and vice versa.

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The video player is simple: there is a list of available files, videos can be played in a window or in full screen mode. The video is played in AVI format. There is a limitation on the maximum video resolution, it should not exceed the display resolution - 240x320 pixels. If the width or height of the video exceeds this limit, the navigator will not play it. To convert video, a program is included with the device.

Watching a video is not very convenient for two reasons. Small diagonal and too small horizontal viewing angles. When watching a video in full-screen mode, the device rotates so that these horizontal angles become vertical for the viewer, and even with a slight deviation, the picture is distorted. However, when watching small videos, these shortcomings are not critical.

From the settings available: adjust the volume and brightness, screen calibration, select the interface language, as well as the ability to turn off the device after a certain period of time.

Apps, Games

Compass is an electronic magnetic compass. After launch, calibration is required, after which you can use the program, for example, for orienteering.

WorldMate - the program consists of several applications, consider them. The first application is the watch. One window displays information about 5 time zones, each of which you choose yourself. In addition to the current time, information about the date is displayed, as well as the weather in each of the selected cities. The alarm is also set here.

The next application is the weather forecast. The forecast for the next 3 days for 4 cities is displayed. You can also separately view a detailed forecast for the selected city. In Mio H610, to update the weather, you need to connect the navigator to a computer (the navigator itself does not have modules for accessing the Internet) and install a special program from the kit.

Next is the world map. On it, by pointing at the cursor, you can select one of the many cities to view the current time, as well as the weather.

Currency Converter, another of WorldMate's applications. The list of convertible currencies probably includes all of its existing types. You can set the course yourself, as well as update it via the Internet by connecting the navigator to your computer.

The Unit Converter, as the name suggests, converts areas, speeds, volumes, and other quantities. There are 8 of them in total. You set the value of the value and its designation, then choose what to convert to.

Telephone codes - a directory of codes for countries, as well as cities in the United States and Canada.

Clothing sizes - another guide. Shows information about the ratio of clothing sizes in different standards - American, European, English and Japanese.

Books - this name hides the Alreader program for reading books. The application has a large number of settings and will be able to satisfy even the most demanding user: the font, text display mode, background color and additional symbols on it, auto scroll modes and styles are configured. In addition, all settings can be saved to a profile and used for other purposes

Overview of the compact GPS navigator Mio H610

Earlier, we have already written about the compact navigator Mio H610 in the article about the novelties of November. Then we noted that the product is interesting even despite the fact that the navigator market itself is very niche, and the H610 model is far from being massive in terms of positioning even within the market. Mio H610 is Mitac's first compact navigator. At the same time, this model simply does not have direct competitors today due to its completely clear focus on use outside the car. No, of course, the device comes with a car charger and accessories for mounting in a car, but the model is much more interesting as a navigator for hiking and a kind of toy.

The last feature deserves special attention. Until recently, even the most compact navigator models from different manufacturers had several generic features. These are either disproportionate dimensions (cubic shape, due to which the device is not convenient to carry in pockets), or technical backwardness (old displays, limited functionality only to the navigation part). Mio H610 bypasses precisely these features - the model is compact without discounts on the shape of the case or thickness, and at the same time offers not only navigation capabilities, but also a number of additional functions, the total number of which allows us to call the model a mixture of a navigator and a player, for example.

For PND (Personal Navigation Device) this is an uncharacteristic feature. Until recently, navigators beat and remain just navigators with a small number of non-navigation-related features that simply create some semblance of additional features. In H610, additional functions become more interesting due to the positioning of the device.

Design, dimensions

The design of the navigator is a combination of simplicity of forms and overall compactness. The shape of the body model resembles a small bar with rounded corners and edges. The device fits entirely in the palm of your hand and will be appropriate in both male and female hands.

Here it should be noted that the model is intended rather for use by the beautiful half of humanity. Such a conclusion can be drawn based on the compactness of the case (90x60x22 mm) and the presence of additional accessories. At the same time, the device in a black case is quite suitable for men.

The model is made of glossy plastic in two colors. Black plastic front and back, silver plastic edges and ends. The black body looks stylish, spectacular, but has one drawback. It is subject to soiling, and traces and fingerprints remain very quickly and after a couple of minutes of use the case is already covered with them. This feature spoils the appearance of the model a little, besides, you have to wipe the case.

The Navigator comes with two additional faceplates. Both panels are decorated with decorative ornaments and are made in light colors.

In order to replace the panel, it is enough to press the white key on the top end into the case and pry off the standard black front panel. The same procedure can be performed in order to wipe the display from dust and fingerprints.

The panel is even easier to insert than it is to remove. You just need to put it on the top of the case and press it in slightly. With any of the additional panels, the navigator becomes completely feminine. At the same time, it resembles more of an accessory than a technically complex device.

The model looks nice, additional panels dilute the strict look of the black case and make it more interesting. You can change the panels just like that when one gets bored or by varying them depending on your style and mood (again, all this applies to the beautiful half of humanity).

The only drawback of the panels is that the back of the case remains black when you change the front panel, it is not replaced. At first it seems a little illogical, but then you just get used to this combination.

Controls

A display is located on the front side of the case, it occupies almost the entire front panel. Just above the screen on the left is a light indicator. It flashes green when the navigator is turned on. When connected to a computer or charging the device, this indicator lights up red.

At the top end there is the already mentioned white key for fastening the front panel, as well as the button to turn off the device (hold) and turn off the screen (short press).

On the top right edge there is a slot for SD or MMC memory cards, it is not covered by anything, the memory card is inserted until it clicks and is fixed in the slot. Below is a soft reset key and a navigator lock key recessed into the case.

The bottom end contains a miniUSB connector for charging or data transfer, as well as a 3.5 mm headphone connector. In the center of the end there is a protrusion - an eyelet for attaching a lace or strap to your hand.

There is only one key on the left side - calling the main menu. Given that there are no other controls on the case, the presence of this button looks justified. The key is used when you need to exit an application, leaving it running in the background. For example, you turn on your music player and want to navigate or open a book reader. In this case, when the music player is running, you need to press the menu key, thereby leaving the player running in the background and playing music.

There is a connector for connecting an external antenna on the back side. It is covered with a rubber cap. The speaker of the navigator, covered with a grill, is also located here.

Screen

The device has a TFT-display with QVGA resolution (240x320 pixels) and a diagonal of 2.7" (working area - 54x41 mm).

Vertical viewing angles of the display are almost maximum, the image is not distorted even if the display is tilted a lot. In the case of horizontal corners, on the contrary, the picture is distorted in color even with a slight deviation.

The brightness is at a good level, there are 8 steps to change the brightness of the backlight. In the sun, the picture remains well distinguishable, this is a plus of the display. The colors are a little faded, which is a characteristic feature of all screens used in Mitac navigators. To change the brightness, you need to go to the menu, it will not be possible to change it “with one touch”.

There is no stylus included with the navigator, all work is done with a finger. The screen responds well to pressure. The interface of the device is also suitable for such control - all soft keys have a size that is convenient for pressing with a finger. Even when working with the on-screen keyboard, erroneous clicks are minimal. The absence of a pen affects only when working with a program for reading, in which the interface is optimized specifically for control with a stylus, when working with a finger, you have to aim with a fingernail or use a pen from a communicator or other available tools.

Work offline

The device has a non-removable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1300 mAh. According to the manufacturer, the device is able to operate in navigation mode up to 5 hours. We ran a simple run time test using the navigation feature while walking. The device worked for four days with an average use time of up to 1 hour per day. At the same time, it is important to take into account that the navigator was used not exactly an hour a day, but at intervals of 20-30 minutes. Thus, the total work time was approximately 4 hours when using only the navigation component.

Another test mode is listening to music while reading a book on the navigator screen. In this mode, the model worked for two days at a 4-hour load per day.

The indicators are not record-breaking, they can be called moderate. If you plan to use all the functions of the model (navigation, reading books, listening to music, games), then you should prepare for daily charging of the device.

Performance

The model is built on the Samsung S3C 2440 platform, the central processor has a clock frequency of 400 MHz. The device has 64 MB of RAM and 2 GB of flash memory. The performance of the model is more than enough to work with the navigation program and listen to music. Some slowdowns are noticeable when viewing high-resolution images and photos, but this is more a feature of imaging programs.

Mio H610 supports multitasking It is applicable, for example, to listen to music through the speakers and navigate at the same time. All comments during route guidance will be spoken at the specified volume. During the commentary, the music is paused automatically. Another way to use it is to listen to music through headphones and read a book on the device at the same time.

Interfaces

There are no wireless interfaces in the device, there is only the usual miniUSB port. It is used for charging and data transfer, as well as for software updates such as downloading updated maps. The version of the USB 1.1 port, which makes downloading music or images to the internal memory of the device a rather time consuming task. It is much easier to use a memory card, after downloading music to it through a card reader.

Satellite navigation (GPS)

The device uses a 20-channel GPS receiver with a built-in antenna based on the SiRF Star III chip. We see this chip in most modern devices with a navigation function. Cold start took us about 3 minutes. Subsequently, the satellite search time averaged less than 40 seconds if you stood still. In motion, the search time increases significantly, up to 5 minutes. Positioning accuracy is high, everything here is at the level of other models of navigators from Mitac.

Use in car, car mount

For a car, the navigator comes with a classic mount: a car holder and a bracket. The disadvantage of the holder is that it is monolithic and does not have the ability to rotate, change the viewing angle, etc. That is, in order to deploy the navigator most conveniently while driving, you will have to change the angle of the bracket.

The bracket and holder can be fixed in the car and not removed again, leaving the car in the parking lot. At the same time, the navigator itself is removed from the mount in two seconds, just pull it up.

Hiking

As we noted above, the navigator, despite the presence of car accessories, is positioned as a device for pedestrians. And in this incarnation, using the model is much more convenient and logical. The navigator fits in any pocket without any problems, except that it will slightly delay shirt pockets due to its significant (166 g) weight.

In addition to the compact dimensions, the kit includes a large number of additional accessories specifically for use on foot.

Complete accessories

See above for additional panels and accessories for vehicle mounting. Now let's dwell on the pleasant little things.

Included with the navigator is a short white hand strap, at the end of which there is a plastic panel, which, if necessary, replaces the stylus.

In addition to the strap, there is a long gray cord for wearing the device, for example, on it.

Next comes a complete white case. The cover does not have fasteners and is designed to carry the device in a bag or pockets and not be afraid of scratches on the display or case. The inner side of the cover is made of a pleasant to the touch soft material. The case looks good, it is not too big and fits perfectly into the design of the navigator with a black front panel and additional ones.

Standard headphones have a 3.5 mm jack and are made of white plastic. The short length of the headphone wire is compensated by the following accessory.

Music remote control with 3.5mm input and output. Accordingly, the remote control itself is connected to the 3.5 mm jack of the navigator, and headphones are already connected to its jack. The remote control is made of glossy white plastic. On the front side of the control unit there are round buttons for pause / play and stop, as well as two keys for moving between tracks. On the reverse side there is a clothespin for attaching the remote control to clothes.

As you can see, the list of accessories is impressive. At the same time, almost all accessories will be useful to most users in one way or another. It's nice that the model comes with so many extra little things.

Software

The Navigator is based on the Microsoft WindowsCE .Net 4.2 kernel. The main part of the system is the Mio Map Program. This app is based on software from Nav N Go Kft, better known as iGo. The entire navigation part is based on iGo products, so it has the same familiar interface and other features.

Navigation uses maps from the MultiNet All Europe package by Tele Atlas. The navigator contains maps of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, and the main roads are marked. Navigator capabilities will be enough for most users. If desired, you can additionally install maps of Europe, the USA and others in the navigator.

The map can be displayed in day or night mode. There are 12 map color options available for each mode. Switching is carried out through the menu of the device, or automatically. In the second case, the navigator switches the map based on the date, time and current position on the map. Switching based on this data is carried out a few minutes before sunset or sunrise.

There are two types of display, flat or 3D. The map can be positioned at any angle, from vertical to almost as close to objects as possible. While driving, you can zoom in on the map yourself by clicking on the corresponding icon.

Navigator has the ability to automatically route to a specified point. There are three modes of route calculation.

Economy - a mode for saving fuel, the program calculates the optimal route in terms of the ratio of the maximum possible speed and distance.

Fast - a mode in which a route is selected for driving at the maximum allowable speed.

Short - the program chooses a route based on the shortest distance between the given points.

You can also choose the type of transport you are using. Depending on the selected type, additional objects or symbols will be marked on the map. By selecting a pedestrian from this menu, we will completely disable additional objects, such as road type, road toll sign, U-turn markings and highway.

Smart zoom is available for route navigation. At the same time, the navigator itself chooses the optimal scale and viewing angle depending on your position on the map. In turns, the angle of inclination changes for better visibility of the turn, objects approach, when driving in a straight line at high speed, the angle evens out and the picture moves away.

When following a route, the navigator announces by voice about the necessary turns, the required speed limit, etc. The "Dynamic sound" mode is available in the settings. When it is activated, upon reaching a certain speed (set in the settings), the volume level of the navigator rises, becoming maximum. Note that the maximum volume of Mio H610 is at a high level. Even if you listen to music in the car at an average volume, the navigator will be able to overhear the sound in the speakers. In total, the device provides 6 volume levels for the general menu, as well as smooth adjustment for the navigation mode.

Two commentators in Russian are available for voice alerts, this is Vladimir the man or Natasha the woman. Both speak in a serious and extremely concentrated voice. There are also commentators in several other languages.

POI - Points of Interest

A significant number of POI points (various sights, restaurants, parks, gas stations, etc.) are provided for the map of Moscow and St. Petersburg. In total there are more than 24 thousand of them in new versions of maps. Among the main ones it is worth noting the following categories: transport, entertainment, services, shopping, culture, sports, food, buildings, housing, state. institutions and natural parks. Each of the categories is divided into many points. For example, for the "Entertainment" type, this is a division into: parks, cinemas, clubs, zoos, casinos, attractions, music centers.

For the map of Moscow, the information is up-to-date. Of course, not all objects are included in the list, but the current base of Tele Atlas is quite large. In addition to the POIs loaded into the map, you can define your own objects by assigning them a type, an appropriate icon, and a name. You can also set your home and work addresses and activate them at any convenient time. This feature is useful when you need to select a route to home or work. In any Mio navigator, this can be done with just a few touches of the screen.

When entering addresses, there is a feature characteristic of iGo and programs based on it. When you enter an address letter, the entered value is matched by the program base and you can then only enter a specific letter. This was done to simplify and speed up input. Example, you need to enter the address "Dmitrovskoe shosse". You enter the letter D and not all letters are available to you for subsequent input, but only those that come after D in the name of the streets (in this case, the street must be in the database of the navigator). This significantly reduces the input time, although it seems unusual at first.

Separately, I would like to note the help system implemented in the Mio Map program. From almost every menu item or settings, a help system is available to you. These are detailed descriptions for individual settings with examples. The help system is well done and can help in situations where the purpose of a particular setting item is not clear to you. The undoubted advantage of integrating help directly into the program is that you do not have to look for the answer to your question in the paper instructions, just select the help icon in the navigator menu.

Additional Features

In addition to the navigation function, the device is capable of playing MP3, video files, and viewing graphic files. The model has an address book, you can enter the most important and frequently used contacts there manually or synchronize the book with Microsoft Outlook on your computer.

As noted above, the Mio H610 is multitasking, that is, you can listen to music through the navigator and read a book or watch photos on the device at the same time.

A simple player is used to play the MP3 format. It is possible to work with playlists in *m3u format. There is a 10 band equalizer with manual adjustment and several preset types of settings. Several playback modes are available, including single track playback, repeat, repeat entire playlist, etc.

Sound quality is good when using standard headphones. If you connect good headphones, then the sound quality is comparable to common players. You can use the navigator as a simple audio player.

Slideshow mode is available for photos, image enlargement. You can also transfer photos from the card to the internal memory of the device and vice versa.

The video player is simple: there is a list of available files, videos can be played in a window or in full screen mode. The video is played in AVI format. There is a limitation on the maximum video resolution, it should not exceed the display resolution - 240x320 pixels. If the width or height of the video exceeds this limit, the navigator will not play it. To convert video, a program is included with the device.

Watching a video is not very convenient for two reasons. Small diagonal and too small horizontal viewing angles. When watching a video in full-screen mode, the device rotates so that these horizontal angles become vertical for the viewer, and even with a slight deviation, the picture is distorted. However, when watching small videos, these shortcomings are not critical.

From the settings available: adjust the volume and brightness, screen calibration, select the interface language, as well as the ability to turn off the device after a certain period of time.

Apps, Games

Compass is an electronic magnetic compass. After launch, calibration is required, after which you can use the program, for example, for orienteering.

WorldMate - the program consists of several applications, consider them. The first application is the watch. One window displays information about 5 time zones, each of which you choose yourself. In addition to the current time, information about the date is displayed, as well as the weather in each of the selected cities. The alarm clock is also set here.

The next application is the weather forecast. The forecast for the next 3 days for 4 cities is displayed. You can also separately view a detailed forecast for the selected city. In Mio H610, to update the weather, you need to connect the navigator to a computer (the navigator itself does not have modules for accessing the Internet) and install a special program from the kit.

Next is the world map. On it, by pointing at the cursor, you can select one of the many cities to view the current time, as well as the weather.

Currency Converter, another of WorldMate's applications. The list of convertible currencies probably includes all of its existing types. You can set the course yourself, as well as update it via the Internet by connecting the navigator to your computer.

The Unit Converter, as the name suggests, converts areas, speeds, volumes, and other quantities. There are 8 of them in total. You set the value of the value and its designation, then choose what to convert to.

Telephone codes - a directory of codes for countries, as well as cities in the United States and Canada.

Clothing sizes - another guide. Shows information about the ratio of clothing sizes in different standards - American, European, English and Japanese.

Books - this name hides the Alreader program for reading books. The application has a large number of settings and will be able to satisfy even the most demanding user: the font, text display mode, background color and additional symbols on it, auto scroll modes and styles are configured. In addition, all settings can be saved to a profile and used for other purposes