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.
Summary: I think we all believe--It couldn't happen to me!! Well it did and as I've done more research into it I am getting more and more upset at Garmin. They know they have a problem with the on/off switch of this device and they are still producing it. The additional maps can only be used on one device so they are really kicking us when we are down.
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: I bought the Dakota 20 about two years ago and liked the interface and the functions, I have taken well care of it an it has never been dropped or even wet. Out of a sudden it will not start up but just freeze. After googling the net I have learned that this seemes more common than uncommon. Unfortunately I bought it even thought I read about freezes, I should not have!! If you thought of buying one, do internet searchs before you do buy.
Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS ITEM! I've owned this item for just over 1 year, during which time it was only used twice. The unit was never dropped, never go wet, always in case, and I never messed with the software. During my most recent use the unit shut itself off never to be turned on again. I tried all of the solutions I could find online to no avail. I tried numerous sets of fresh batteries and powering from a USB cable and car charger, also with negative results.
Summary: I'm a Brazilian and purchased my Dakota 20 on February 2011, with usual top service and quick delivery. After only a few times of careful use the screen froze on Garmin logo right at turning on, would turn off only by removing the batteries. I tried to update the firmware but PC couldn't find the GPS when connected with the USB cable.
Great concept, horrendous reliability, poor accuracy.
M. Saunders, Amazon
6 August 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.
Careful here, please read - good hardware that lacks good software
M. Petric "marina", Amazon
28 May 2010
Summary: I've waited for a long time to buy me a handheld GPS. Finally I got the Dakota 20 at the REI Sale, last week. I was so excited - I hardly knew what I was about to go through. I am not going to recapitulate here all the software hassle that I had to go through. I am a user interface designer and work with mac and pcs. I think I am pretty tech-savvy, but OMG. Nothing is intuitive or well explained when it comes to downloading / transferring maps to your device.