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Garmin Dakota


There are strong indications that Garmin will soon add a new series to their handheld GPS lineup. Bass Pro Shops was displaying a page for a product called the “Garmin Dakota 20” with an associated screenshot that looked similar to the current Garmin Oregon series. The page has since been pulled from their website. Similarly, GPS City in Canada has a page on their website where the product SKU is listed as “DAKOTA10”.

Garmin Dakota>The tiny picture to the right is the only photo we’ve been able to obtain so far… but we’ll keep looking around. 😉 These independent sightings would seem to confirm that a Garmin Dakota 10 and a Garmin Dakota 20 are soon to be on their way. Few other details are available, the product description at Bass Pro Shops only said this:

High-sensitivity GPS features a 2.6” touch screen. Features: 2.6″ touch screen Built-in basemap 850 MB internal memory

This is somewhat strange as the Oregon is generally described as having a 3″ touch screen. Nonetheless, it looks like the Oregon will soon gain a sibling in the Garmin Dakota.

While this may very well be a sibling to the Oregon, perhaps seen as a replacement to the eTrex line, there is another possibility to consider. The Garmin Edge lineup for cyclists has a similar shape to the Oregon, including a slightly smaller screen than the Oregon. Currently the Edge devices do not have a touch-screen. So it seems reasonable that the Dakota could be a new device in the cycling lineup, basically an Edge series device with a touch screen. The timing would make sense too. With Team Garmin heading to the Tour de France soon, a product unveiling at or before the big race would make sense from a marketing perspective. Time will tell.

8 Responses

  1. If this device is intended for cycling, I certainly hope they have done something to address the screen visibility issue of the Oregon series. With the Oregon, it is necessary to hold at the proper angle, outdoors in daylight, in order to see. This might not be too convenient if mounted in a fixed position on a bicycle.

    Seems more likely to be an eTrex replacement. Why? First, it appeared on the Bass Pro website rather than, say, REI. Second, in my mind, the name “Dakota” invokes more the thought of the great outdoors than of cycling. As you say, time will tell.

    John - June 4th, 2009
    • John, I agree it sounds more like an eTrex replacement, especially now that we see the high res photos. (updated on this page)

      Tim - June 5th, 2009
  2. I don’t think this is a direct eTrex replacement. Garmin released the eTrex H not too long ago. I don’t think they would have bothered refreshing the eTrex if they were planning on replacing it now. I also doubt a new Dakota will be sold for $80 like the eTrex H. Garmin needs to keep a presence in the basic/budget handheld market, so they wouldn’t replace the eTrex with the Dakota. I see this being similar to the relationship between the Colorado and the 60-series. Both models continue to be sold – one traditional (60 and eTrex) and one more modern (Colorado Rock n’ Roller and Dakota touchscreen).

    Marty - June 5th, 2009
    • You’re right – they wouldn’t sell it for $80… According to the cached page I found of the Bass Pro advertisement (http://bit.ly/KNS0Y), it would sell for about $350 (!)… Hardly worth down grading from the $400 Oregon. We’ll have to see what other features it has when it comes out.

      Mark - June 9th, 2009
  3. HELP?? I am looking for a device that I call a mobile office. I am not tech saavy so please excuse the extend of my ignorance!! I need to keep track of incomings and outgoings and I think a simple spreadsheet will work. I need to print out invoices/reciepts and have everything portable….in the nappy bag type of portable as I lug around 4 kids whilst I input. A laptop is too large as it won’t fit in my pocket/bag and the net books look almost what I am after but still not compact enough. I know of the pda’s but I think my $20 per month phone plan won’t cover these….is there a GPS that incorporates windows so I can add excel and download to my home pc?

    Jenni - June 21st, 2009
    • Jenni, what your looking for is likely going to be a “smart phone”. No, your basic 20$ per month plan is not going to cover it. Your looking at $60-$100 per month +$200 initial cost. Quality is never free. Look into the Blackberry’s newer offerings (Storm/Tour) or the iPhone from Apple. Both brands have GPS built in and offer calenders, document editing, e-mail, etc. (There are other options, but these are the most popular and I am not familiar enough with others to make any recommendations)

      What you should not do is buy the Garmin Dakota – it does not have the features your looking for. It is great at what it does, but its not a “mobile office”.

      Justin - August 22nd, 2009
  4. I think this is definately more an etrex replacement. Size and weight are pretty much the same. The new etrex line was just a refreshment but they’ll still be there for several months. That mean ~3 years, not bad for just an updated product.

    As a backpacker. I can tell you that if the screen reflection has been improved, the Dakota are clear winnners. That is supposing the unit is well designed and build.

    Guillaume - July 19th, 2009
  5. Can two maps be overlayed…showing both? I downloaded a free topo map of Washington state and then found one for hiking that shows the trail (route). I don’t have a hiking gps to try this out on.

    Pete - August 18th, 2010

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