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MIO Spirit 685

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of MIO Spirit 685. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People really like the screen. The price is also appreciated, but the reliability and durability get critical reviews.

usability, price, screen

durability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the MIO Spirit 685 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of MIO Spirit 685 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Opinions about the usability and price are on the whole positive.

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This summary is based on the products: Mio Spirit 685 europeMio Spirit 685 europe

Dec, 2018


Expert review by : James Morris (

Mio Spirit 685 EU


A sat-nav with a 5in screen for £110? Surely there's been some mistake?

5in screen ; Keen price ; RDS-TMC traffic updates

Build quality inferior to TomTom and Garmin ; Build quality inferior to TomTom’s and Garmin's

The Mio Spirit 685 doesn’t feel quite so solidly built as TomTom or Garmin’s device. But it is phenomenally good value. You would normally expect a sat-nav with this range of features to set you back closer to £200, but Mio has managed to pull it off...

May, 2011


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Mio Spirit 685 review


Unlike most budget satnavs, the Spirit 685 has a large 5in resistive touchscreen. Its resolution is no higher than the standard 480x272 resolution, but everything is much larger and more easily readable.

At this price, we can forgive the 685's flaws. It's easy to use and has a larger than average screen

Oct, 2011

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Jul, 2012

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best sat nav so far!


much better than my last basic one...and fully recommend this one. Very easy to use. Only had it one week and its taken me way for a few days and brought me back again. Excellent 3D on motorway junctions....saves me going off in the wrong direction!

Mar, 2012

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Brilliant Sat Nav


This one is easy to use, no patronising voice and saved us from traffic jams, what more do you want. Looking forward to trying it out abroad soon.

Sep, 2011

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This is a Great SAT NAV ....


I have only had mine for a short time but in that time it has taken me to the midlands and back without any probs at all. I would have no prob buying another in the future if this keeps working the way it is now. Key point for me is a little reminder...

Sep, 2011

Product Specifications


Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1


Built-in camera: No


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld/Fixed


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:5
Display Resolution:480 x 272
Placement supported:Horizontal
Touch screen: Yes
Widescreen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery performance:720
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Operating voltage:5
Power source type:Battery / Battery, Cigar lighter

GPS Performance

Channels quantity:20

GPS Type

Auto: Yes
Aviation: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): No
Sport (fitness, running): No
Truck: No


Map coverage:All Europe
Map view options:3D
Maps included: Yes
Voice maps: Yes


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / No
Internal RAM:128
Internal storage capacity:2
RAM capacity:128
Storage media type:Flash


Lane guidance: Yes
Live service:No / Yes
Speed limits: Yes
Traffic Message Channel (TMC): Yes
Trip computer: Yes


Bluetooth: No

Other Features

Basemap: Yes
GPS receiver:High speed SiRFstarIII with InstantFixII / SiRFstar III
Internal memory:128
Storage Capacity:2048

Ports & interfaces

AV input: Yes
AV output: Yes
Mini-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Mini-USB ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Battery Capacity:720
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power source type:Battery / Battery, Cigar lighter


Built-in processor:Samsung 6443
Processor:Samsung 6443
Processor frequency:400
Processor model:Samsung 6443


Supported bands: No
Supported radio bands:Not supported


Bundled software:Spirit QuickStart


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)

Technical Details

Built-in Microphone: No
Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Fixed / Handheld/Fixed
G-shock sensor: Yes
Interface Type:Touch Screen
Main camera resolution:1280 x 720
Main camera resolution (numeric):1.1
Main camera sensor:CMOS
Main camera viewing angle:120
Number of cameras:1
Video compression formats:AVI, H.264

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.689 / 1.33
Height:2.3 / 3.48
Weight:2.47 / 6.53
Width:2.13 / 5.59