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Garmin Dakota review | Score & Conclusion

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

Garmin Dakota review

Garmin Dakota review

Garmin Dakota 20 review conclusion

For our trip to South Africa, the Garmin Dakota 20 was a fine travel companion. It is too bad that we did not have a map set available, but this caused our attention to be focused on the bare device. Even in the standard version there are enough applications. The Garmin Dakota GPS receiver device was taken on all trips and that was easy to execute. The dimensions never made it a burden. I would even dare to say that it is a very useful tool for the active tourist. And that was even when it was not equipped with a map with the corresponding POI.

Garmin Dakota test

Garmin Dakota test

Garmin Dakota outdoor GPS device

The weakest link remains the display, although the problems were more evident in very misty rather than sunny weather. In the evening or at night there was no problem. Because the buttons are found on the display, control in the dark is very simple. Of course the device has enough energy. My experience is that the amount of use that you can get out of it is pretty good, especially if you are smart with the settings. For every type of use you can choose a profile for the most optimal features. It takes a bit of time and effort to create the profiles, but in return you don’t have to do much anymore other than choose the right profile.

 

Back side of the Garmin Dakota 20

Back side of the Garmin Dakota 20

Connect the Garmin Dakota via USB

Connect the Garmin Dakota via USB

 

Garmin Dakota GPS test

Garmin Dakota GPS test

Advantages [+]

• Simple control
• Completely equipped
• Barometrical height meter
• 3-axis compass
• Profile creation
• Compact body
• Reliable construction

Garmin GPS receiver

Garmin GPS receiver

Disadvantages [-]

• Screen is sometimes hard to read
• No quick button for the main menu

Review Garmin Dakota

Review Garmin Dakota

Review score %

• Test score: 85%
• Excellent GPS receiver

 
 
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