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.
Summary: I did a lot of research before buying this item, and I found it hard to understand the huge range of comments. Some raved about it and some loathed it. However, trusting Amazon's return policy, I took the plunge. When it arrived, I hated it! It felt clunky and outdated. The touch-screen feels like an old touch-screen mobile phone - very unlike modern day smart phones. It seemed to take an age to locate satellites even out of doors.
Summary: My review is most relevant to any one wanting to record position of data in the field - archaeologists, geographers, geologists. I am not commenting in relation to geocaching as I know nothing about this activity. My purpose in buying a GPS was to take readings in the field (a lot of it based on 25m grids, but also recording other point/polygon/linear features) and then transfer the data onto my computer ultimately for use in a GIS programme relating to archaeological...
Summary: I bought this as a present for someone who enjoys hiking. When he tried to use the base map that comes with it, he found the detail was just not good enough for hiking. Faced with having to spend another £150 for maps I returned the item. I did not see any mention of this extra cost when I bought it.