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Mio A430

We can almost see the ad copy right now: "A 4.3-inch GPS for the price of a 3.5-inch unit!" So what compromises have been foisted upon the A430 to achieve this?

Design

The beige-grey screen bezel and dimpled edging had us thinking that the A430 was a rugged go anywhere device. Thankfully common sense took hold and we resisted our primeval urges to drown it in a bucket of water. False pretences aside and given its station in life, it's quite an attractive little number.

Along the top there's a multifunction on/off/reset slide switch and that's pretty much it for the physical controls. Everything else is controlled via the 4.3-inch touchscreen. The interface, with its blue hues and friendly layout, is practically a straight lift from last year's range and earlier Navman models, with visual upgrades limited to smoothed out fonts. The map screen is not overly cluttered with buttons and info, and the map itself is neat, legible and bright, with directions easy to discern.

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