Summary: Though the title says Dakota 10, it was a Dakota 20 I purchased. I purchased used off ebay with receipts showing it not even a month old. Other than using GPS's in smart phones and the like, I don't have a lot of experience with necc. features. I did a fair amount of research and based on reviews like this one, features and pricing, I went with the Dakota 20 GPS unit. The unit is small enough to put in your pocket, it's waterproof and easy to read.
Summary: Bought this the Garmin Dakota 10 GPS Receiver about three weeks ago for my cousin and he says it works great for what he needs it and although it seems that this product come from refurbishment it seem to work fine so far.
Summary: Liked this GPS unit very much, only function it lacked ( that I wanted ) was an electronic compass. After a few days use I returned it and bought the Dakota 20 with the electronic compass. Only reature I would add to the Garmin products would be a rechargable battery.
Summary: I purchased the Dakota 10 to replace my eTrex Legend, and to avoid buying an additional device to use in the car. The Dakota does it all. Now I have a handheld GPS with a color touch screen and great mapping. Switch it to Automotive mode and it behaves just like a Nuvi. The screen is smaller than a Nuvi and there is no voice commands, but that is fine considering it is a handheld also. Load some maps from the City Navigator software and hit the road.
Pros: Intuitive Menu, One Hand Control, Quick Signal
Summary: I was skeptical about the Dakota 10 by Garmin because it lacked the SD card port and also lack of compass, but I found that the memory was more then sufficient. I've loaded (being piggish) the entire West Coast topo maps + marine Maps + Navigator city in this unit and no problems. Also my 4 year old managed to get her hands on it and dropped it in the dishwasher when her mom was not looking - and it worked fine after a full wash cycle, very impressive for the little...
Summary: I like the paperless caching. Accuracy is not as good as the 60Cx but is much better than the E-Trex. The maps (which cost extra) are not as good as the Delorme PN 30 (which comes with it), but the battery life is much better.