Feeds
65%
Mio_A701_tiny

Mio A701 GPS smart phone

SatNav, PDA and GSM phone in one pocket-friendly device

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Just above the screen is the earpiece and below the screen are four buttons - Call, Call End/Cancel/Power, Windows Media Player and MioMap - and a five-way navigation control. What it desperately needs are two further buttons under the screen - there's plenty of space for them - to control Windows Mobile 5's soft menus.

Mio_A701_right

Mio supplies a full set of accessories with the A701, including the aforementioned car cradle with a suction cup arm, an in-car charger, an AC adaptor with UK and EU plugs, a USB cable, a carrying case, an extra stylus and three screen protectors. This is a pretty good bundle and there isn't really anything missing.

I'd suggest you don't leave home without the in-car charger though, as the A701 eats away the battery charge when you're using the GPS unit: don't expect to get more than two or three hours' life out of it in navigation mode.

You can buy the A701 with or without the MioMap 2.0 route-planning and navigation software. It generally works well and is well-suited to the A701, but it's not without its drawbacks. The user interface takes a while to get used to and it is actually quite hard to use on the relatively small screen. The icons just aren't big enough and you have to take the stylus out all the time, something that doesn't work if you want to make a quick adjustment while you're stuck at a traffic light. To be fair to Mio there is a warning message every time you start up the MioMap software that tells you not to operate the device while driving - it's illegal to operate a mobile phone while driving in many countries - but the warning's of limited value when the software forces you to use the stylus so often.

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P
Probe will be just 10km from Space Duck in October
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot brain surgery a total success
LOHAN slips into some sexy bespoke mission parameters
LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms
Is that an ARMADILLO in your PANTS or are you just pleased to see me?
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.