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Garmin Dakota 10 Handheld GPS

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  • Rugged 2.6” sunlight-readable, color, touchscreen display
  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix™ for improved performance and reception
  • 850 MB internal memory
  • Waterproof standard: IEC 60529 IPX7

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  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 5.6 x 9.9 cm ; 150 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
  • Item model number: 010-00781-00
  • ASIN: B002G1YPIE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,195 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Dakota: Easy-to-use Menu <
Dakota: Easy-to-use Menu

Outdoor navigation meets touchscreen simplicity

User-friendly, versatile and full of features, the Dakota 10 is part of the Garmin touchscreen GPS range.

Use a Dakota to navigate your way on or off the beaten track: just choose a function on the screen, touch it and go. You can plot your trail, or save waypoints and favourite places via simple intuitive menus and big, bright, full-colour displays. It’s ideal for everyone and all types of outdoor adventures.

This rugged, palm-sized navigator not only boasts touchscreen navigation, it also has high-sensitivity GPS with HotFix satellite prediction, and a worldwide basemap in one affordable, power-packed punch.

Touch and Go

Dakota 10 makes outdoor navigation effortless with a tough, sunlight-readable, 2.6 inch colour touchscreen display. The interface is easy to use, so you’ll spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time searching for information.

Both durable and waterproof, Dakota 10 is built to withstand the elements: bumps, dust, dirt and water are no match for this rugged navigator. And with its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver with HotFix satellite prediction, Dakota 10 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy tree cover and deep canyons.

Use your GPS handheld to plan your route in advance of your expedition, and let it guide you on the trail. When you want to return to base, a special TracBack function will direct you all the way back.

Dakota: Navigate With Ease
Dakota: Navigate With Ease


Because Dakota is such a compact little navigator, fitting into the palm of your hand, it is extremely portable. It weighs just 149 grams and can be attached to a bicycle, so it’s ideal for taking out with you anywhere. Just two AA batteries power it for up to 20 hours.

Dakota: Get OS Maps On The Dakota
Dakota: Get OS Maps On The Dakota

Find Fun

Get into paperless geocaching with Dakota 10 by quickly downloading up to 2,000 caches, with information such as location, terrain, difficulty, hints and description — no more paper print outs and manually entered coordinates.

Explore the Terrain

Dakota 10 comes with built-in worldwide basemap, so you can navigate anywhere with ease. Adding more maps is easy with Garmin's wide array of detailed topographic, marine charts and road maps, which can be loaded to internal memory.

Garmin GB Discoverer mapping offers Ordnance Survey maps on your Dakota. OS topography provides the level of detail you need to search, select and navigate to your next waypoint or address – whether by foot, bike or car.

Share your Adventure

Now you can share your activities with friends, family and fellow explorers for free via Garmin Adventures. It’s a great way to show people where you’ve been and highlight your favourite places. You can add photos YouTube videos, geocaches and notes then share your adventure via email and social media. Simply upload your activity to our free BaseCamp programme to get started.

Box Contains

  • Dakota 10 handheld GPS system
  • Lanyard
  • USB cable
  • Owner's manual on disk
  • Quick Start manual

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This is a good sized GPS that fits reasonably well into a pocket and a generally good touch screen with a customisable menu.

The touch screen interface works really well, but the screen inteslf can be difficult to see in some lighting conditions. It does not perform as well as the eTrex series colour screens. Having said that - it is not such a big problem that you should not purchase.

If you've read about the device having a Tide Time table - be aware that this only applies to the US. Even if you purchase the European unit, the built-in tide timetable is not for Europe, just for the US coast.

Also if you are using the device for walking and want to have an estimated time of arrival at your destination this does not appear to work with any pre created tracks (e.g. Memory Map, Base map tracks, etc). This may be a bug that is fixed in a later update, but this problem was reported to Garmin early October 2009 and it is still an outstanding issue.

On the whole a good robost device with a easy to use interface.
Just be aware that there are some issues, but hopefully some of these will be fixed by a future software update??
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This device exceeded my expectations, once configured correctly and with suitable maps installed. I use it on my bike, mounted on Locking Strap Motorcycle Bike Handlebar Mount for Garmin Dakota 10 & Dakota 20. I knew that I'd probably be able to program routes into the device but I never imagined it would be a fully functional sat nav for a bike, including prompts for the next turning, recalculating the route if you get lost and even directing you along cycle paths and bridleways as shortcuts! Here's a quick guide to achieving this. First replace the absolutely rubbish default map with a free one from Talky Toaster! The OS style map is probably best for cycling as it has more cycle paths marked. Go into your Dakota's setup menu and scroll down to the routing sub-menu and make sure it is set for "Calculate Routes for - Bicycle" and "Lock On Road - No" and "Off Roads Transitions - Auto". In urban areas, the "Guidance Method" is probably best left as "On Road For Distance" rather than "Off Road". Download and install Garmin BaseCamp on your home computer. This free program provides the easiest way to create your routes and mark your waypoints (make sure to select cycling as your mode of transport when making a route). Once you have transferred a route from BaseCamp to the Dakota you can activate it by selecting "Where to?" then choosing your route from the "Routes" menu. You can even edit the route in the Dakota and reverse it to find your way back home! I hope this info helps with using the Garmin Dakota 10 or 20 as a sat nav device for your bike!
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Style Name: With Compass and Barometric Altimeter Verified Purchase
I've had this a few months now and overall pretty pleased, but two things worthy of note:

1. The unit has lost memory three times - batteries have been full and I've loaded it with a route and it's just reset itself when I've gone to use it next. Very annoying if you've planned a walk and are relying on it as everything is gone - all setings, time, date, country, your route, waypoints etc. You have a new factory setting device.

2. The unit comes with what are called maps but I found them unusable - they don't even show footpaths. OS maps cost me £190 so not cheap as an extra. You can get free maps though from Open Streetmap Porject, but they're not perfect and third party open source maps.

On the plus side, I've found the screen usable, it's been reliable getting signals and I find the battery life good - it lasts for at least a day and easy to change being standard AA.

Overall I'm glad I have it and would probably buy agin at the price (as no better alternative I found), but it falls short of what I expected

Update March 2012:
The unit died suddenly and is frozen on bootup. Good customer services - posted it on Thursday, they've got a replacement to me on Tuesday two working days after it reached them. Searching on Google quite a few people seem to have had to return theirs so hoping this one stays good.
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This has been one of our best buys. We had a Garmin eTrex back from 10 years ago when these things were quite new, and as geocachers it wasn't quite getting the accuracy of coordinates that we needed. The Dakota 10 is very geocaching friendly and we can download caches straight from the website (we upgraded to premium membership for this). As other people say, the maps are a disgrace but having read the reviews here I went on to talkytoaster and easily loaded the free maps which make all the difference.

It's the bottom of the range as far as geocaching-ready GPSs go, but I am not sure that the extra money is worth the extra bells and whistles. With the Dakota 10 we have had amazing accuracy even in trees and tall buildings and it always finds the satellites quickly and easily - you can't ask for more than that.
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I wanted to go paperless with Geocaching so I bought this as a replacement for my Garmin ETrex Venture Hc.It does the job perfectly and I can geocache without reames of paper as it holds all the description of the caches, logs and hints for me to look at on screen.
It was good value for money offering paperless feature and additional features too.Other units with similar features were really expensive so this seemed a cost effective option.I at first wished I had shelled out the extra and got the Dakota 20 when I had realised The map I purchased at the same time was sd card and not the dvd I nneed to load onto Dakota 10,but It was not a problem sending it back and buying the correct Map software.

I have used it for a few days and what a Geocaching difference it has been - having cache descriptions, hints, logs and so on available on the unit.it's a big improvement from printing all the details.At first I had a little trouble as I was looking at the wrong reading as with my venture the reading for distance to cache was in a different position.Then I realised I can also customise these readings and positions to suit the way I want to see/read it.The 'Accuracy of GPS' field is helpful too when searching for that elusive cache to get an idea of where you need to look. I had to upgrade to be a Premium Member on the Ground speak website, but it's well worth the few £'s. Once the Pocket Query [I did approx 100 caches in one go]results are copied into the relevant folder on the device, there are tons of caches and their information available at the touch of the screen.
It is user friendly and very neat and easy to carry and store on your person when not in use.
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