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.
Summary: My wife wanted this model after taking a geocaching class. It works fine, but she can be frustrated with the controls. She also recommends a wide neck strap as it is not light (for your neck). Works fine with Eneloop rechargeable batteries, but reports a low battery nearly all the time).
Summary: I purchased this item because I decided to pick up geocaching as a hobby. This is my first handheld GPS purchase, and I am very happy with it. It comes with GC specific functions, and is easy to read and the display is well lit. Batteries last a while, even after three straight days of Geocaching, it still has two bars. The unit is waterproof and shockproof, which are good features for a Murphy's law kind of person like me!
Summary: The dakota 20 starts up fast and is very easy to use.I like the size of it and it's simplicity. I would have given it 5 stars if it had the "go to" choice like my old one. It is very accurate too. This is perfect for the hiker, hunter, and fisherman.
Great all-in-one GPS (biking, skiing, hiking, etc.)
Scottish "MSE", Amazon
3 December 2010
Summary: So, I got into the market for getting a GPS after springing for a basic Garmin Nuvi 255w when I recently moved across county. I wanted a great all-around GPS that could do everything I threw at it. After discovering the yet-unreleased Garmin Edge 800, I decided to wait for it as I am an avid cyclist and mountain biker. I liked the idea of having a virtual opponent to ride against, as well as the extra data I could attain through the Ant+ technology.
Summary: Love it! It is true that the screen is not quite as bright as other models, but I haven't found that to be a problem. I love the ease of using the touch screen! The menu is super easy to navigate, and the touchscreen makes it is much easier to scroll around on the map to see what is around you, makes it easier to explore areas.
Summary: Have only used for geocaching but has worked well so far. My friends that I go with use an app on their iPhones and the distance seems to jump back and forth on theirs. This doesn't happen on my Garmin Dakota. I can download caches from [...] or if I go on the fly with a friend and I am unprepared, putting in the coordinates is easy also.
Summary: My buddy at work bought an Oregon 300 and I decided to go with the Dakota because of the 3 axis compass and the better battery life. I knew it would be somewhat smaller but I thought the better compass function and the 4 hours extra battery life for the same price as the 300 seemed to fit my needs. The compact size for geocaching did not hurt either. Pros 1. The touchscreen is great and at the same time the worst.
Summary: This unit is very accurate. We got this unit mainly for geocaching. The only thing that I was disappointed in was the fact it's not capable of reading geocaches of the card reader. We also have a Nuvi 550 which I load caches on micro cards for different areas we visit so when we go back to an area all we have to do is put the card in for that area and go. With the Dakota the card reader only reads map software loaded on to the card.