The Dakota series seems to be filling the eTrex niche. They are rated as having a 20 hour battery life (vs. 16 for the Oregon series) and they will not come with pre-loaded detailed maps – only a basemap. Screen size is 2.6” (diagonal) vs. 3” for the Oregon series. Both Dakota models support paperless geocaching, but not Wherigo cartridges. One interesting thing – they both will store up to 200 tracks compared to the Oregon’s 20!
Features found on the Dakota 20, but not the entry level model include:
- Micro-SD card slot
- Electronic compass (3-axis)
- Barometric altimeter
- Wireless data transfer with compatible units
Availability is listed as 3rd quarter, with prices of $299.99 and $349.99.
Here’s the news release.