Two navigational apps from two different companies are here on a table. HERE WeGo formerly known as Here Maps is operated by Here Global and Waze is owned and operated by Google. How do both apps stand against each other? Let’s find out in the ultimate battle of HERE WeGo vs Waze. The comparison is based on rounds. After each round, the winning app gets one point.
Table of contents
- Video comparison
- Voice navigation
- Transit options
- Offline navigation
- Which one is better where?
- Wrap up
The video explains how both work and react on the road. None of the services is perfect and in HERE WeGo vs Waze comparison, we saw something similar.
With the help of AI and data provided by the app/user, both services calculate the traffic. To dig deeper, I took a test drive (above video) to find the difference. Take a look at the below results.
|Service||ETA on start||ETA on end||Dist. on start||Dist. on end|
|HERE WeGo||19:09||16:35||10 km||9.3 km|
|Waze||19:06||16:35||9.1 km||9.3 km|
Regarding the traffic, Both did a good job. Initially, the arrival time in Waze was quicker, and the distance was less than in HERE WeGo. But, I had to favour HERE WeGo sometimes to make it an even comparison.
Score: HERE WeGo: 0 | Waze: 0. Reviews: Both get data from multiple sources. HERE WeGo data tends to be more accurate than Waze because anyone on Waze can report the wrong traffic. This round is a tie.
HERE WeGo comes with about 78 different voices in many languages, while Waze offers about 73 voice options. A beneficial thing in Waze is to record personal voice for turns and stuff.
Both offer some reporting tools. Waze has an edge on reporting features because of its user based reporting tool. Take a look at the below table for all the features.
|Static speed camera||✔️||✔️|
|Mobile speed camera||❌||User-provided|
|Object on road||❌||User-provided|
Waze uses a scoreboard system where users can contribute. The user-based reporting tools in the above section are the features which can be reported. Depending on the user level, the report is sent to the server. The more a person reports, the more points they get. This feature helps Waze report many things around the area.
Score: HERE WeGo: 0 | Waze: 1. Reviews: This round goes to Waze.
There is no comparison regarding the transport options. HERE WeGo has more transit options than Waze.
Score: HERE WeGo: 1 | Waze: 1. Reviews: This round goes to HERE WeGo.
HERE WeGo allows downloading maps for different areas. Depending on your location, you can download your city, state or even the whole country’s map. It comes handy when you are in remote areas, or you don’t have enough data left. The app will not be able to give you traffic updates, but it would give you the smallest route. Waze does not allow to download maps on your phone.
Score: HERE WeGo: 2 | Waze: 1. Reviews: HERE WeGo gets this round too.
- You can view satellite, transit, and traffic modes.
- The service offers to view business information such as phone number, website, opening hours etc.
- HERE WeGo shows all the possible ways to get to a location in the same window.
- You can switch between 2D and 3D mode.
- You can talk to Waze by saying OK Waze.
- Waze supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
- Both offer a web map editor. HERE WeGo also provides a map editor app.
- Night mode is available in both.
Which one is better where?
The answer to this question is complicated. Here is a list of which service is better where.
- If you travel to remote areas often then you should go with HERE WeGo and download maps.
- In the city, both would work fine, but if you want to stay up to date with surrounding, then Waze is better.
- For public transport, taxi, ride-share, and walk, HERE WeGo is your choice.
- Love to help the community, Waze is there.
The end of this comparison is here. Thanks for having a read and I hope the comparison HERE WeGo vs Waze helped. Please feel free to share your views regarding both services and in the comments below and subscribe to the newsletter for updates and new blog posts.
Disclosure: Images used in this blog post are the screenshots of the apps. A screenshot is most likely the copyright of the app owner.
Madhsudhan is a professional software engineer. He has been writing for over two years, and he writes about Android and PC software.