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Garmin Dakota 20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 904 reviews of Garmin Dakota 20. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and size. The maps and performance also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the screen and price, while many are negative about the reliability.

usability, performance, maps, size, durability


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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Garmin Dakota 20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 154 user reviews of Garmin Dakota 20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other GPS on Opinions about the durability and screen are generally positive. The performance and maps are also appreciated. There are mixed comments on the route planning and price, while there are some negative views about the reliability.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Dakota 20 Handheld GPS SystemGarmin Dakota 20 Handheld GPS System

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Garmin Dakota 20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 216 user reviews of Garmin Dakota 20 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Reviews about the durability and size are on the whole positive. The performance and price are also appreciated. Views are divided on the screen, while the reliability and maps get less positive views.

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80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Dakota 20 Waterproof Hiking GPSGarmin Dakota 20 Waterproof Hiking GPS

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: (

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

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

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...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: (

Do-it-all Garmin Dakota 20 Suitable for Multiple Sports, Geocaching, Hiking


Compact size., Very versatile, multi-activity, do-it-all GPS., Robust memory/storage and an SD card slot., Waterproof and rugged.

Topo map reading somewhat cramped on small screen.

The Garmin Dakota 20 is designed to be a versatile, do-it-all, rugged, touchscreen handheld GPS that's small enough to comfortably take on a run or mount on a bike, yet substantial enough to rely upon as your main GPS on a multi-day backpacking trip....

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: anoop (

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...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by: (

Garmin Dakota 20 Review


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.

Expert review by: James Morris (

Garmin Dakota 20 Handheld GPS Navigator


If you want to use Ordnance Survey maps electronically in a device costing less than £200, check out the Dakota 20.

The usual range of destination options are available, though. You can navigate to waypoints, tracks you’ve recorded during previous trips, coordinates, and addresses. The latter can either be via the traditional city-street-number input process or you...

May, 2011

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Garmin Dakota test


• Basit kullanım • Eksiksiz yapı • Barometrik yüksekli ölçme • 3-eksenli pusula • Profil oluşturabilme • Kompakt gövde • Dayanıklı gövde yapısı

• Ekranın bazen zor okunması • Ana menü için hızlı erişim tuşu olmaması

Güney Afrika yolculuğumuzda Garmin Dakota 20 çok iyi bir yol arkadaşlığı yaptı. Elimizin altında bir özel harita olmaması üzücüydü ama aynı zamanda bu sayede cihazın kendisine ve özelliklerine daha fazla odaklanma şansımız oldu. Cihazın standart...

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: do14chamberlain (

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...

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: nigelcorn (

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.

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: Deer Slayer (

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

Sep, 2010

Product Specifications


Water-resistant: Yes

GPS type

Bicycle:No / Yes
Motorcycle: No


Number of countries covered:1