Summary: It is ok however, the maps are a big disappointment . I have not had it long so maybe my experience is not conclusive . You definitely need lithium batteries for duration . It was the best I could afford.
Summary: I have given it three stars because although the hardware is just fine this is not plug and play. It requires several pieces of software that have to be identified and downloaded in order for the gps to talk to the computer. The manual is also web based and rather superficial. There is much more on the gps than is explained. The site you go to is far more geared to trying to sell you expensive maps than helping you to understand the machine.
Summary: I'm sure if there were decent maps installed on this product it would be brilliant, its not much good without them. The maps are very expensive to buy, though found a website that had free ones which gets me by. I joined a walking party and one or two people had them hanging around their necks, but they don't use them much. My daughter's phone works better.
Summary: Purchased for our scout group for GeoCaching and supporting map and compass work. The units work well and have a 12+ hour life on a new set of rechargeable batteries. The price through Amazon couldn't be beaten and they were delivered well packaged and tracked. Excellent affordable introduction to GPS navigation.
Pros: very accurate, good size, good bright light even in sunlight, light weight. Used to get two cyclists to Paris, wouldn't have made it without it! And has introduced us to geo caching!
Cons: Battery bar stays full right up until the last 20mins then dies, so carry spare or make sure the screen turns off after 5 seconds to save battery but the screen will light up automatically when approaching a turn or change in direction.
Summary: I am really happy with the Garmin Dakota 10 GPs. I wanted a GPs that I could go paperless with when geocaching as printing off all this information was time consuming and wasteful....the Garmin Dakota 10 was perfect for this. The Dakota 10 is easy for me to use and does exactly what it says on the box. The only down side is that you cannot delete geocaches etc by hand you have to connect up to the computer.
Summary: I really considered whether to purchase this or not. Some good reviews , some very bad. I didn't want to spend a huge amount as basically I want something to check my co-ordinates against a map when I'm out. I have an old garmin from about 10 yrs ago that takes an age to lock to satellites and loses signal under trees and near buildings. My mobile 'phone gps is quicker and more accurate than that now - but the battery life on the 'phone is shocking.
Summary: I had read that the installed map was not very good but was surprised to find that it was practically non-existent. Apparently Brighton only has two roads, one east-west and one north-south. The South Downs don't even exist! I checked the Garmin website to see if they sold a 1:25 scale map of Sussex or something similar and they don't, so this item is of no use to me at all. I do not consider it fit for purpose and have sent it back requesting a refund.