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.
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 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: 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.
Summary: I purchased this unit after reading all of the glowing reviews. We wanted to use it for geocaching but alas, the unit will not acquire satelites. It chewed up a set of lithium batteries and never did lock on. The instructions say that it might take a few minutes. How many are "a few"? My Motorola Droid has a far better GPS system than this pile of junk. Will be rturning for a refund.
Summary: I bought one of these a couple of years ago and it was a waste of time. By the time you have bought the maps you need (and it is useless without them) it is VERY expensive. The battery life is poor - hardly enough for a day's walking. Just after it was out of warranty, it went wrong and no amount of fiddling could get my maps back. By that time I had an Android phone and Google maps is much better and free. And the phone will run all day on a battery charge.