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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not great, 6 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Garmin Dakota 20 Handheld GPS System (Electronics)
Bought this for geocaching. It is OK. I would say that a few things detract from it.

a. menu system

In geocachng mode this is very cumbersome. To view the clue you have to quit the map and go to the man menu, then go down a level to the clue. A "fast show" button woudl be great.

b. battery life

I am finding the battery life is OK, BUT you cannot put the screen on its brightest setting when the battery life is even 80%. This is a weak point to the entire process.

c. backlight

The screen is very dull in just about all circumstances.

None of these are enough to make me hate the unit, but I am sending it back to try the oregon 300. This is only 10 more and I am sure that as its slightly bigger and has a better backlight this may be a better unit for me. Thanks to Amazon I can try both and keep the best one.

Pluses of the unit are:

a. Signal - gets signal quickly and efficiently

b. Size - superb size, easy to carry

c. Maps - I dont use the "pay" maps, but its easy to load the opensource ones - and they are fantastic.

My guess is that as garmin refine the software this unit will move from 3* to 4* and possibly even 5*.
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Initial post: 14 Jan 2010 10:58:08 GMT
christopher says:
Most would say that the Dakota has a better screen display than Oregon (less hazy) and is under most conditions better. (More pixelig however).
Still better is supposedly the 450.

Posted on 2 May 2010 21:46:54 BDT
L. Hamsun says:
Hi,
I was wondering if you could help me out. You mention 'opensource' maps - how do these compare to OS 50k maps in terms of accuracy? I've been trying to decided between the Dakota 20 and Oregon 300...which did you plump for in the end?
Any response would be greatly appreciated,
Cheers, KC
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