Summary: We tried out a Garmin Oregon 450, which is really top of the line. But we're just looking to geocache with it so we don't need all the bells and whistles. Takes a little longer to acquire the satellite, but it's worth the savings. The touch screen is nice and it's a good sign put in our pocket. We're having a lot of fun with it so Mom just bought one of her own.
Summary: Four months ago, my son and I began geocaching with a Garmin eTrex Legend. Great little unit and it was doing us well. I was, however, generating enough paper to kill a forest or two. Recently I made the decision to move to paperless caching and began looking for a good, affordable unit that would meet our needs and reduce our paper production.
Summary: I ordered this for my husband who hunts. It came topo maps, but we could only download for one state. Wish it had more internal memory, or maybe I should have upgraded to the unit with the card memory.
Summary: Without the manual that we got from the Garmin website it's not expecially intuitive. This is the first handheld GPS for tracking that I've purchased and it's taking a lot of trial and error to figure out how to use it with the map software.
Summary: Ease of Use Gave it 2 star mainly for the screen resolution and brightness. The maps look ok, once I purchased a 24K map, but the menu and text is VERY grainy. Text font is hard to read. Even with the brightness turned up all the way its very hard for me to read the screen. It seems better if I get it in direct sunlight. Portability Gave it 4 stars. I love the size, shape and overall design. This thing fits in my pocket. The Delorme would not.
Summary: The Garmin Dakota 10 is a fantastic color touch screen GPS. It is small enough to stuff in your pocket and yet big enough so that you can adequately see the screen. The only downfall to this product as far as I can see is that the compass feature is amongst the icons but is inactive in this model. For this feature Garmin wants you to pay more and buy the Garmin 20. It would have been nicer if it was available as a down loadable upgrade in my opinion.
Summary: Took some time to get it set up with all the maps, etc and figure out how to operate some of the stuff. But I love it and take it everywhere! Its a great investment as a forestry student and an avid bicyclists and hiker. With both topo and city maps it makes a great navigator. The Geo caching is awesome and I love the adventure of finding treasure and will put together my own geo caches this spring. Awesome product!