I would like to know if anyone is aware of a good GPS unit that serves the dual purposes of an audible traffic-direction type GPS for automobile purposes AND very good topo-mapping waypoint capabilities of an outdoor adventure type GPS? I am about to get a good deal ($110) on a very lightly used Garmin Dakota 20 but cannot tell if it has audio traffic direction feature!? Anyone?
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Posted by: dc9mm on Nov-01-12 11:55 AM (EST)
No. It does not|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-01-12 12:29 PM (EST)
Posted by: dc9mm on Nov-01-12 1:37 PM (EST)
I realize its doesn't speak the turns BUT can the Dakota 20 when switched to or Road Nav mode do turn by turn directions and sound a beep when a turn is approaching? My now dead Delorme PN-20 could do that. It would just beep once when a turn was approaching and do 2 quick beeps when you should turn and would show a large arrow on screen to show which way to turn. Since the manual stinks for Dakota which I already read and have a Dakota 20 coming I was curious as to whether it could do that. I also have a Nuvi for car but its nice to have a backup.
It does not have a speaker|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-01-12 1:53 PM (EST)
I'd recommend getting two|
Posted by: rWVen on Nov-01-12 12:41 PM (EST)
that way you don't sacrifice features and performance specific to the task. My recommendation doesn't fit your budget though.
Yes, many GPS's are mult-use|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Nov-01-12 4:07 PM (EST)
If I were to make another GPS|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-01-12 5:59 PM (EST)
purchase I would definitely go buttons.
Posted by: dc9mm on Nov-02-12 2:39 PM (EST)
Just got my Dakota 20 and as far as touching the screen accidentally you can lock the screen so touching it does nothing by just touching the power button once quickly and letting go. It brings up the screen to adjust backlight and there is a button to lock screen. That way if you put gps into your pocket it doesn't get messed up because screen is now locked. To unlock just touch power button on side again and hit unlock screen. Peace of cake. So far I like it. Iam going to load some maps on mine and switch to auto navigation and see if it can be used for car gps. Oh it does too beep. Beeping can be turn on or off. To me it looks like it can be used for car navigation but I have to try it first to confirm it.
OK I have to go look for the beep|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-02-12 2:51 PM (EST)
Posted by: ShadyClip on Nov-02-12 6:36 PM (EST)
I'd get two -|
Posted by: rpg51 on Nov-02-12 9:04 PM (EST)
The phrase jack of all trades and master of none comes to mind.
Yeah I WILL get two!|
Posted by: yatipope on Nov-02-12 9:22 PM (EST)
I did get the Dakota 20 and DO like it but not for driving navigation. I will get a dedicated auto GPS also but wonder WHY they haven't come up with a good quality combo unit yet? Just a matter of time I suppose!
because the add on car GPS|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-02-12 11:01 PM (EST)
is going the way of the dodo bird. And no one in the winderness wants to tote something on their PFD the size of a typical car GPS..