Garmin Dakota 20 vs eTrex Vista HCx

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A Comparison on the difference features between Garmin Dakota 20 and eTrex Vista HCx

Garmin Handhelds GPS
Dakota® 20eTrex Vista® HCx
ModelsDakota 20?
Garmin Dakota 20
etrex Vista HCx
eTrex Vista HCx
View the latest priceGarmin Dakota 20 Waterproof Hiking GPSGarmin eTrex Vista HCx Color High-Sensitivity Mapping Handheld GPS
What's Difference
Unit dimensions, WxHxD:2.2" x 3.9" x 1.3" (5.5 x 10 x 3.3 cm)2.2" x 4.2" x 1.2" (5.6 x 10.7 x 3.0 cm)
Display size, WxH:1.43" x 2.15" (3.6 x 5.5 cm); 2.6" diag (6.6 cm)1.3" x 1.7" (3.3 x 4.3 cm)
Display resolution, WxH:160 x 240 pixels176 x 220 pixels
Display type:transflective color TFT touchscreen256 level color TFT
Weight:5.25 oz (148.8 g) with batteries5.5 oz (156 g) with batteries
Battery:2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended2 AA batteries (not included)
Battery life:20 hours25 hours
Built-in memory:850 MBno
Track log:10,000 points, 200 saved tracks10,000 points, 20 saved tracks
Electronic compass:yes (tilt-compensated, 3-axis)yes
Geocaching-friendly:yes (paperless)yes
Tide tables:yesno
Custom maps compatible:yesno
Outdoor GPS games:noyes
Unit-to-unit transfer (shares data wirelessly with similar units):yesno
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data):yesno
What's Common
Waterproof:yes (IPX7)yes (IPX7)
High-sensitivity receiver:yesyes
Ability to add maps:yesyes
Accepts data cards:microSD™ card (not included)microSD™ card (not included)
Automatic routing (turn by turn routing on roads):yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)yes (with optional mapping for detailed roads)
Barometric altimeter:yesyes
Hunt/fish calendar:yesyes
Sun and moon information:yesyes
Area calculation:yesyes
Custom POIs (ability to add additional points of interest):yesyes
What's Unavailable
Preloaded maps:nono
Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos):nono
Picture viewer:nono
Amazon’s Customer Reviews
inclusive of the most helpful favorable review and the most helpful critical review (if applicable)

Note: Amazon will lump together the customer reviews for all models that belong to one particular Garmin series into one section. For example, models eTrex 10, eTrex 20 and eTrex 30 (new eTrex Series) will be lumped under one customer reviews section. So when you read a review, do look at which model the review refers to.
Click here to read the reviews on Dakota 20Click here to read the reviews on eTrex Vista Hcx
Demo Video
Relevant video found at Click here to watch Review of the Garmin Dakota 20 GPS from YouTube.comClick here to watch Garmin eTrex Vista Hcx demo video from
Price Check
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