Reviewing apps and comparing with others is fun. It lets you decide which one to go for the rest of your life. I found my buddy while comparing Sygic and Google Maps. The article is all about those two. We are going to compare Sygic vs Google Maps on an ultimate level. From app features to navigation, everything is here. Before we begin, let me clear that Sygic is a paid service and Google Maps is free and still if you want a comparison then here we are.
Sygic: Founded in 2004, Sygic is a Slovak company. Sygic uses 2D and 3D navigation from TomTom. It was the first mobile app on the iPhone to provide GPS based navigation.
Google Maps: Where 2 Technologies started the project in 2004. In 2005 Google Maps was launched after Google purchased the company. Google Maps is the most popular app, with over 50% of global smartphone owners using it at least once. The credit goes to Android because Google Maps is a pre-installed app.
Sygic and Google Maps in a video
Before we get to the article, let’s watch a video of Sygic vs Google Maps. The video shows both maps on the road. A journey of 30 minutes will show you most of the features of and comparison between both.
When we put an address, we can see the distance, time, and arrival time on Sygic, and time and the distance on Google Maps. Both come with a bottom menu where we can see the details or change the route. Finding information is also easy. When you zoom out, you can see blocked roads in Sygic. Both show the recommended route with alternative ways. While in navigation, Sygic displays the 3D building in 3D on the map while Google Maps focuses on navigation. Let’s begin the navigation and move to the second part of this Sygic vs Google Maps.
Google Maps has a wide range of options, including car, public transport, walk, cycle, etc. Sygic only has the option for the car, but there are other apps available for other types of vehicles. The trip details are everywhere on the screen in Sygic. We have petrol stations, parking, next turn, speed trap, traffic delay etc. on the left of the screen.
Meanwhile, car’s speed and the speed zone is right the bottom. You can see the name of the street on the top while route’s information is down the bottom. The blue bar below the route info is the progress bar which shows the remaining journey with traffic delay.
Google Maps, on the other hand, comes with a voice search. You can tap on the little microphone or say OK Google if it is activated. You can search, turn on/off the app sound, and report crashes, mobile camera, congestion etc. The street name is on the top and trip’s information is down the bottom. A new feature available for some users in some countries is the speedometer in Google Maps. The speedometer only shows your car’s current speed.
The three little dots in Sygic and the up arrow in Google Maps opens a menu. In Sygic, the menu is for some of the paid features and route info. You can preview the route and cancel the navigation. The menu in Google Maps is for sharing the trip, searching for anything close by, see the directions, on/off traffic information, and change the settings.
Sygic comes with a few languages including English UK, US, Deutsch, Italiano and a couple more. Google Maps comes with a wide range of voice options, including English (multiple), Deutsch, Eesti, Filipino, Italiano, Magyar, Norsk, Suomi, and much more. Regarding voice command, Google Maps is better. Google Maps voice navigation only guides at the needed times, while Sygic voice navigation guides even there is no turning required.
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Both apps are available in so many countries. The information on how many countries Sygic supports is missing, but Google Maps is available in over 200 countries. Sygic is a paid service, and you will have to purchase a plan. You can buy your area with or without traffic information, or you can buy the whole world’s access. After the purchase, you can download the maps. Google Maps has a feature to download a particular area. In the settings, you can find the option to download maps on your phone.
Other Sygic vs Google Maps features
Let’s talk about some of the unique features both maps apps provide. Sygic and Google Maps have a few things in common and a few uncommon. We will be covering all those in Sygic vs Google Maps article.
|Sygic and Google Maps common features|
Sygic has a store where users can purchase add-ons like real-time navigation, dashcam, head-up display, cockpit, travel book, maps etc. You can enjoy free navigation for a week, and after that, you will have to buy access to the map. Some of the ado-ons are mentioned here. The first add-on is Real View Navigation, which comes with a real view driving experience. The second one is the Cockpit, which checks your vehicle’s performance by continuously calculating your driving style. The third one is the Head-up Display, which rotates the map and brightens the screen. You can place your phone near the windshield, and the maps will be visible on the windshield. The fourth one is Dashcam, which uses your phone’s camera to record while navigating. You can find other cool add-ons in the store.
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Which one is better where?
- Free stuff? Google Maps.
- Public transport. Google Maps.
- Want to be ahead of traffic and find a different route. Sygic.
- Traffic camera and speed reporting. Sygic.
- Driving? Sygic is better.
Both are great and can be used on different occasions. The final question comes to money. If you want to spend some money, then Sygic is the way to go. With many features, including real-time traffic, constant alternative routes searching, speedometer, security cameras, etc. Sygic will get you there quickly. Anyway, I hope the article Sygic vs Google Maps helped. Which app do you use for getting one place to another? Share your thoughts in the comments below so we can discuss more.