Dear All, a few positive comments:
I received A701 + MioMap v2.0 (512SD + DVD of Europe maps) last week from supergps.co.uk/superetrader. They delivered promptly and I was happy with everything. This was the first time I had ordered from them, but it all worked out very well apart from the Citylink delivery turning up during the last few minutes of the morning. Supergps.co.uk would do well to have a pre-9am option.
I placed the 512 SD card with the UK maps on into the SD card & was pleasantly surprised that it auto-installed MioMap2 at that point. I installed & paid for GPSdash2 immediately. I had not used a GPS before, so this has all been entertaining.
I took the Mio hiking over this last weekend and, although learning without manuals, managed to setup Miomap navigation to and from the hiking location. Impressed. I immediately recognised that battery life will be an issue, but this is understandable so do take the supplied cigarette lighter charger with you!
The user interface is quite difficult on MioMap2 & I advise that you change, in the options, from 'Standard' to 'Extended' immediately, as this latter 'expert' mode actually makes understanding the software more facile.
I managed to log several walks successfully, although in hindsight chose the wrong NMEA output data criteria i.e. which makes my life more difficult trying to overlay it onto a hand-scanned map self-calibrated in OziExplorer. I still hav enot yet succeeded in overlaying this track data post-hike, let alone thinking about how to use it during a hike. Will understand that eventually.
With GPSdash running & logging, in the power icon under Settings setting the screen to auto-switch off in 30secs; I turned (in the e-Mio utility icon) the CPU speed to Low (rather than auto - to see if GPSdash would still work ok; i think it did) ; I switched off the GPRS phone / flight mode (I took second phone). I have not tried Bluetooth at all as yet, as I really do hate it. (Never really worked for what I have ever wanted to do with BT pretty much!)
My log data lasted for 6h 20min with the standard 1300mAh battery.
Does anyone have experience of using a 4gb SD card in the A701? I would like to load the full 1.6Gb Europe map off the Mio DVD (otherwise you have to soft-reset between map regions, which is boring if you travel a lot.
Also, via the WM5 card reader USB option,
has anyone managed to mount an Ipod via a mini-USB to standard USB adapter?
Are there any double-life e.g. 2600 mAh batteries that might work? My ex-SPV c550 wall charger does power the A701 - it is identically power rated... but out in the field, using the screen for proper navigation, I think will require at least 2600mAh for a 6h hike. Yes, BATTERY power is the big issue for the serious handheld, in the field, user.
I was waiting for this type of convergent device for sometime ~2 years, & I am very happy with the purchase as I do a lot of navigation-based "sports". It will be some weeks before I tap the full potential. I particularly like the 'Emergency SMS texting' option, although this requires the Flight mode to be off of course = extra power drain.