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Garmin Dakota review | Introduction

Published on: Sunday, September 12th 2010                   Written by: Wim de Lange - Photography by: Mark Peters

Garmin Dakota review

T he Garmin Dakota 20 outdoor GPS navigation is a smaller version of the Oregon. It’s about € 50 cheaper, but that does not mean that it is of lower quality, nor that it offers less possibilities. Choices have been made that will appeal to different user groups. I think it would be a good partner for a cycling tourist. I traveled to South Africa with the Garmin Dakota 20, and I ran into things that were out of the ordinary.

Garmin Dakota GPS navigation device

Garmin Dakota GPS navigation device

 

Garmin Dakota review

Garmin Dakota review

Garmin Dakota 20 GPS receiver

My first impression of the Garmin Dakota 20 was a bit the same as when I unpacked the Garmin Oregon. The packaging only contains the bare necessities: the device, quick start-up guides in different languages, a USB-cable and a CD with the complete user’s guide. The carabineer clip is missing this time, and a carrying cord has replaced it. Personally I find this to be an improvement, because the cord is so long that it can be carried around your neck. Moreover, the feeling is more pleasant when we have the Dakota 20 in our hands. It is delivered with a basic world map, but that will not be enough for anyone. Extra costs must be taken into consideration for more extensive map materials and energy sources.

Garmin Dakota GPS review

Garmin Dakota GPS review

Garmin Dakota 20 GPS device

The Garmin Dakota 20 GPS device is indeed smaller than the Oregon, but even with my bigger-than-average-hands, it is easy to control. The dimensions only differ a few millimeters in width and thickness, but the Dakota slides more easily into my breast pocket. Due to the length of the carrying cord, this will most likely be the storage space for most people. The outside of the Garmin Dakota GPS device has been refined with a few dark orange accent stripes. They not only serve as decoration, but they also indicate the accessory connections. The backside is made up of two parts, a bendable seal for the mini-USB-connection and the rest as a battery cover. In total, the Garmin Dakota 20 GPS gives a solid impression.

 

Garmin Dakota software

Garmin Dakota software

Garmin Dakota USB cable

Garmin Dakota USB cable

Garmin Dakota manual

Garmin Dakota manual

 
 
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