Mio H610 Personal GPS Unit To Hit U.S. in November

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Mio, makers of fine GPS devices for quite some time now, have just announced that the H610 DigiWalker personal GPS unit will hit U.S. stores in November. I was on the receiving end of a brief hands-on (the life of a blogger is a busy one, I assure you) yesterday and came away with it feeling pretty positive. What exactly is a personal GPS unit, you might ask? Picture yourself walking down a city block with a happy little icon indicating your current position and you're halfway to understanding what the H610 is all about. Touch the touch screen and up pop icons with points of interest like restaurants, movie theaters and comedy clubs. It'll also do driving directions and other driver-friendly GPS functions.

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The H610 also doubles as a basic media player, playing MP3s and Divx files and storing them on an SD card. When it comes out in November, it should carry an MSRP of $499.95. Expect a more in-depth hands-on detailing my exploits around New York in the next few days.

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I live on a remote island about 20 miles south of the Vancouver, Canada border, in Puget Sound, Washington. We have to travel by a small (20 car) ferry to the mainland which puts us on I-5 in between Bellingham and the next more Northern town of Ferndale. I am hoping that Gizmodo will have available information about Canada (much closer than Seattle) as well as the U.S., and if so how small a range it will have - if you're walking it must be pretty small! Also, where will Gizmodo be available for purchase?