Summary: I bought the Garmin Dakota 20 for Geocaching, to compliment the $10 Geocaching App that I use on my iPhone 5S. It's the first GPS I've bought, and for the price, it has nice features, is easy to use, is a nice compact size, & waterproof. The screen is easy to see in the sun. I have been very pleased with it so far.
Pros: Compact size, bright screen, accurate, easy to use.
Summary: I bought this GPS to use when we go hiking and when we ride our atv in the mountains. I like everything about it. I have never used a GPS before but this one was easy to learn. Everyone told me to get a Garmin and they were right. I just love the touch screen and it fits in my pocket perfect. It has great signal reception also. You can not go wrong with this one.
Summary: I kayak in Florida and Puget Sound and a GPS helps navigate routes. I finally decided to upgrade from my Garmin Etrex Venture HC and saw this Dakota 20 on sale at Best Buy. It was the last unit on hand, a display model, no box, badly scratched from where the security holder bit into the unit. I tried opening the back to put in two AA batteries and the back fell off, the latch and latch spring separating from the back.
Summary: I like the Dakota because of the touchscreen ability. I got used to my smart phone so this just feels like an extension of that technology. Not the fanciest of GPS's, but it more than adequate for anyone who doesn't have to have extraordinary options from such a device.
SCREEN IS WAY TOO DIM - BARELY READABLE IN BRIGHT SUNLIGHT
B. Herder "YouTube: bradtube1", Amazon
10 December 2013
Summary: One might be a little harsh as everything about this unit is great EXCEPT THE SCREEN! It's TERRIBLY DIM on battery power and very difficult to read in direct sunlight. Find a Garmin with a "sunlight readable" screen or I suspect you'll regret buying this (as I did). I have a Garmin Oregon 600t now and it does everything this does (and probably more), but most importantly, it has a bright enough screen.
Have been using this GPS for mountain biking and hiking for over 3 years
Via Cancion, Amazon
15 October 2013
Summary: Very rugged construction, rubberized finish, water resistant. Can mount on the bike and the belt (for hiking) using optional Garmin mounts. Comes only with a basemap but can upload many maps freely available online including Garmin maps (which are not free). I power it using Sanyo eneloop AA NiMH batteries x 2. Fully charged they last for 10 hours with the display on full time at full brightness.
Summary: I returned my Dakota 20 for a refund after one day of frustration and got an Oregon 450t, which is working great. There are serious defects with the Dakota. They are reported frequently online. Type in "Dakota 20 power up problems", and you will see what I mean. This leads me to recommend that you not buy this model. When I received it, it powered up fine, Then I connected it to my computer to download my topo maps.