The GPS Project
UNLOCK AND SHELL FOR MIO MOOV
by Dalibor Lanik
Even though it is included with Moov, I'll review this one as well, just for the completeness of the review. I reviewed software from Moov 330 and Moov 360. They're absolutely the same, except 360 has hands-free through bluetooth for GSM phones.
The main menu is how the main menu should look like. All the important functions are on the 1st screen, and less important (settings) are on the other screens. The buttons are big with nice icons and text description so it's easy to find what you're looking for.
The cockpit screen is pretty logical, you need a couple of minutes and tries to get how the more advanced functions work, but all in all it's there. Notice similarity to Mireo. What you won't find, though, is rotate and tilt buttons. Mio just doesn't allow you to tilt or rotate. It can display 2D or 3D image, but that's it.
You can select "via" points but there is no "road blocked" function. The voices are fine, with good accent. Maps seem detailed and have all countries i tried in detail (most other software has only major roads for i.e. ex-Yugoslavia).
Nice thing about Mio is that bluetooth handsfree works. On other programs it doesn't simply because they're not able to interact with Mio hardware. Pairing and sync is simple a child could do it. But on the downside, the memory for contacts is really low, so if you have large telephone book (and who doesn't nowdays) you will have problems calling people. It starts synchronizing with your phone, and downloads only SOME of your contacts (I couldn't figure out which or by which order - it simply made no sense to me), so the phonebook is totaly useless if you don't have all of your contacts. If you could at least say, "hell, I have all until letter "K" or such, you would at least know not to try to call someone. This way, you search and don't find and are pissed off. Go figure why they did it like that. Morons.
Program looks pretty stable to me, it never crashed even after extensive testing. It does pretty good route recalculaton when you don't follow it's instructions (happened to me couple of times when roads were closed etc) and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it recalculated route. Sometines though, it chooses complex routes, but it definitely has one of the better maps of the balkans. If you use it on original hardware (Moov) you are entitled to a year of free updates, but sometimes they update some countries and not other, sometimes some regions get some updates, but some regions don't (i.e. Greek update has newer maps of Czech Republic than Czech update) which causes unnecessary confusion.
Verdict: All in all, MioMap 2008 is one of the better programs. It has all major necessary functions, more advanced stuff is missing, but wins for it's clear and simple interface, big buttons and bluetooth handsfree. It can be used both by advanced user for trip planning or by your wife to both's satisfaction. 6/10.