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December 02, 2005

Mio A701

Mio A701The Mio A710 smartphone has integrated GPS and runs Windows Mobile 5.0. Other features and specifications include:

* 1.3 megapixel camera
* tri-band GSM/GPRS
* 520MHz Intel PXA270
* 128MB ROM
* Bluetooth 1.2
* 2.7in, 240 x 320, 272,000-colour display
* SD/MMC memory slot
* integrated GPS

Via The Register.

Infosync reviews the Mio A710 and finds it to measure up as a GSP device: "As a GPS phone, the Mio A701 delivers the goods with precise positioning, extensive map management functionality, a decent user interface and a bright 2.7-inch screen for hassle-free navigation. Battery life is good, the bundled 512 MB memory card alleviates any storage issues, and aside from being able to boil an egg while waiting for the GPS application to start up, performance is impeccable. While the HP iPAQ hw6915 may be a better choice for business users, the A701 has the upper, better looking and more compact hand insofar as GPS is concerned."

RegHardware reviews the Mio A701, and is not at all impressed with the smartphone's camera: "A 1.3 megapixel camera is also part of the package, although to be brutally honest it takes some of the worst pictures I've seen from a camera phone. I never have high expectations from a handset's camera but in this case the quality was just appalling, even at the best quality setting and highest resolution. There's a dedicated button for the camera on the right-hand side, but I'd stay away from it if I were you."

Trusted Reviews reviews the Mio A701 and notes, "The Mio A701 has a tweaked Windows Mobile 5.0 Today screen which offers two ranges of icons to assist with software launching and device management. A tiny row of icons at the bottom right lets you perform a number of things. You can flip the screen to and from landscape mode, see the battery level, manage Bluetooth and go to the close programs menu. From here you can also manually download Ephemeris data (this helps the GPS antenna fix your position more quickly)."

GPSPassion reviews the Mio A701 and concludes, "Unlike the Eten G500 that feels a bit like a "brick", the A701 is a pleasure to carry around and look at, slightly reminiscent of the sleek Qtek S100 and it also comes with a convenient horizontal belt case. While it doesn't feel as slow as a WM5.0 upgraded Axim x50v it certainly isn't as "snappy" as the G500 or as the WM2003SE HP hw6515 and can have its slow moments, but remains pleasant overall. GPS fans will be excited by the first and successful implementation of SiRFInstantFix and all will enjoy the added level of comfort it brings. The lack of Edge connectivity and of a physical keyboard will prevent it from replacing my trusty HP hw6515 though."

ITReviews reviews the Mio A701 and concludes, "The Mio A701 brings together navigation, PDA and phone in a single device, and if you need all three features at your finger-tips it could well appeal. Consider opting for different navigation software, though - there's plenty to choose from."

Lordpercy reviews the Mio A701 and writes, "Our first day with the Mio had us wondering in in fact this was a 3 in one device, phone / PDA and GPS, we were soon to test the Phone part as a call came in while LP was on his way to work having swapped his SIM card in. As a mobile the RF performance seemed on a par with an average mobile and the sound quality was pretty good. The main downside is the size as it's like clamping and iPaq to the side of your face to make a call, not good should you be illegally using it while driving (not that we were)."

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