Summary: Very small viewing screen that often did not respond to the touch. The display of Latitude and Longitude is smaller than useful in field biology work. I'm not interested in continuing the use of this GPS.
Summary: After buying this product, I had to buy a subscription to download maps (not the problem; just wanted to inform consumers about this). The problem is that after a couple of weeks of test runs before traveling, it stopped working. It will not turn on. It has warranty, but now i have to mail it to the manufacturer, and provide a stamped return package. Ended up not using it for my travels after investing about $180 (product + map subscription).
Summary: I really liked this GPS. It was small and had the touch screen to make for easy use. I do a lot of cycling, so the bike bundle was perfect. The first one I bought worked great, up until the night before a large cycling tour that was about 400 miles long. Surprisingly enough it was working just two days before hand, then it just suddenly wouldn't turn on any longer. (It never had any large drops and I was never exceedingly rough with it.
Summary: This unit does not have a SD memory slot. This limits the type of maps available to use. This is not explained to well with the product description. Garmin is too proprietary and I wasted a lot of time learning this.
Summary: My wife bought me a Dakota 10, so I am now stuck with what is an inferior piece of technology. The display is so small that it is hard to use if you have fingers larger than a toddler's. As an added bonus, the display is hard to view legibly-and yet it is so badly engineered that it still manages to burn through batteries like cord wood..
Summary: The map this unit comes with is VERY basic! It has only major highways. So right out of the box this unit is useless for any type of navigation, especially outdoors. Garmin wants you to buy maps from them! Even though you can find them and download some for free, you have to buy software like Mapsource to install those maps! Now why would you pay this much money for a device that is completely useless out of the box???
Great concept, horrendous reliability, poor accuracy.
26 January 2010
Summary: Before I even start: A lot of times when one reads a critical review they try to dismiss it; the reviewer is an idiot, just had bad luck, has an axe to grind with the company, or just likes writing negative reviews. I can assure you that this is the first seriously negative review I've ever written in my life and I've been around for a while.
Summary: I bought the Dakota 20 expecting to love it. It had been released by Garmin about a year before so I thought all of the "teething" problems would be resolved by now. Apparently not. At first things were great. This was my first hand held GPS and there was a lot to learn. I had a great time discovering the features and available maps. I even tried some geocaching. One of my first caches the Dakota reported that I was 286 feet away when I was standing on top of it.
Summary: If you were hoping that this unit would be of value for route-finding, think again. It has one fundamental, are very stupid fault that should have been caught long before it was reached the market. Routes are created by defining a series of waypoints. Each waypoint is given a number, such as 3001, 3002, 3003, etc. The location of each waypoint is marked on the screen by a pin symbol. Unfortunately, the pin hides the last two characters of the waypoint number.