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Garmin Dakota 20

Garmin Dakota 20
alaScore 79

261 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 261 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the size and screen are generally positive. The performance and value for money are also appreciated.

usability, value for money, performance, screen, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Dakota 20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 261 reviews)

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Best compact handheld GPS


Compact yet rugged, touch screen, good features

Display hard to read in sunlight, small, low-resolution screen, performance not the fastest

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Garmin Dakota 20 review


The Garmin Dakota 20 is a smaller version of Garmin's successful Oregon models. It appears poised to replace the eTrex series, bringing all of the Oregon's touch screen goodness while retaining the eTrex's small form factor, light weight and long...

Highly recommended. The Dakota 20 is the first touch screen unit I've found suitable for fixed-mount, non-powered use (e.g., mountain bikes). It will also appeal to those looking to economize, or folks desiring a lightweight or more compact unit than...

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The new Garmin Dakota 20


Say hello to the big brother of Dakota 10, the Garmin Dakota 20. Dakota 20 has pretty much the same appearance as Dakota 10; talk about specifications, there is a lot inside. Dakota 20 has a battery life of 20 hours and comes with a MicroSD card to...


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Garmin Dakota 20


The Dakota 20 has a really nice touch screen design and a lot of great Garmin features. We liked almost everything about it. However, while the touch screen is an added nicety, some GPS systems consumers may not find it worth the added price tag.

The controls are all through a crisp, full-color touch screen

The touch screen adds to the cost of this unit

The touch screen adds a sleek, techy feel to this otherwise standard GPS system.

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Amazon review summary for Garmin Dakota 20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 186 user reviews of Garmin Dakota 20 from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

usability, value for money, performance, screen, size

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Garmin Dakota 20 100k US Topo Bundle

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A good quality GPS unit ”


I bought this GPS because I was looking for something that would work for everything from navigating in the car to taking out hiking to doing some geocaches, to going out on my 4-wheeler.  So far this has been a great GPS for that.  I know that you can...

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Great entry level unit. ”


I recently bought this GPS for my dad.  It is a a little smaller than I would normally prefer, but so far it has worked exactly as I would expect it to.

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Great GPS in a small package.


The Dakota 20 is easy to use and can be carried in a small belt case. It picks up signals quickly and is really easy to operate with the touch screen. Map is easy to use with zoom feature.

Accurate","Extensive Base Map","One Hand Control","Quick Navigation","Quick Signal","Reliable Reception

Large Footprint","Pricey Ink Replacement

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A Lot in a Small Easy to use Package



Accurate","One Hand Control","Quick Navigation","Quick Signal","Reliable Reception

Short Battery Life

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Not As Good As Expected


I just received my new Dakota 20 and planned to use it primarily for geocaching. I discovered that it will neither send or receive caches, tracks, waypoints, etc. with Garmin MapSource mapping software. I\'m very disappointed that Garmin would come out...

One Hand Control

Buggy Software