Disappointed with how much time it takes to get it working.
John C. Balch, Amazon
13 July 2014
Summary: Well... some things just seem too good to be true. And they are. Here are the issues- 1. MAC users: if you do not have OS10.8 installed you will not be able to download maps to this GPS. Though the box it comes in states it requires only OS10.4, you have to download other software from Garmin that requires 10.8. 2. There is only a base map included, and it is really a base map with no detail to speak of.
Summary: The Dakota 10 is a good product. I've quite a bit of experience with numerous different types of GPS, handheld and otherwise, and I am very happy with this unit. There are marine chartplotters that are clearly far superior to these, but as far as handheld units, this one is a great value and has good features. Its waterproof, easy to use USB transfer for aftermarket topo maps and GPX files, touch screen is a huge improvement over the joystick of the stone age models.
Summary: I got this so that I would quit eating my data and battery on my iPhone. Frankly, I hate this gps. The screen is too small. It's also not easy to get going with and set up. The set up is a huge challenge, especially since the owners manual only comes on disk. Guess what, I'm not always sitting at my computer, that's part of the fun of going geo-caching.
Summary: I have now had many geocaching adventures with this garmin. It is straightforward and easy to use. I have moved around the country and it is somewhat of a pain to load all of the maps, but it is simple enough. This GPS makes it easy to store all of your planned geocaching points and it also has the ability to input coordinates on-the-go if you forget to load a specific geocache. The battery life is adequate and will definitely get you through several adventures.
Summary: I use this GPS just to verify where I'm at occasionally while hiking. It's fun to see your track and how long it took you to hike a certain trail. Unit is durable and functional. Like others have said the "compass" isn't that great because it doesn't have a compass, uses GPS location to estimate a heading. Dakota 20 comes with a compass. Since you should have a real compass with you anyways I don't miss this feature.
Summary: This was a recommendation. My husband does a lot of off-roading and hiking and he needed a small unit. It works for all his vehicles, cars to bikes and motorcycles. The screen and maps are small and hard to see. Voice-directions help. Its fine but we probably wouldn't buy it again. I'm sure it would be fine for someone else.
Summary: I bought this to play with while hiking and hunting.I think it is a good value. I have only used it for maybe two Hrs.but it is easy to use.Hint!Take it when you go for a drive to get used to its futures!It is cool that you can download your treks to Google earth,yes i would buy this again!
Summary: This is a great product at a great price, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.It's easy to use and nice and compact too.I used it on many of my hunting trips worked just as it was explained in the manual.
Summary: I really like this unit but didn't give it 5 stars because when navigating to a waypoint the GPS compass often jumps around erratically. I understand that the unit needs to get its bearings and that the satellite reception is going to be in and out while navigating through the woods but I have had the compass rotate 90-180 degrees every 20-30 feet for a quarter mile or more while I am trying to get a direction of travel.
Summary: I use my Dakota 10 to mark my deer stands. I always know where they are but having so many out in the woods some are hard to find in the dark. The Dakota 10 will take me right to the tree. I think the battery life is a little short, and I don't believe I get the 20 hours they say you should get. Fairly easy to use you just need to play with it some. It really is a great value.