Reviewing apps and comparing with others is fun. It helps you figure out the best service for your needs. In this blog post, we are going to explore Sygic vs Google Maps. The comparison is based on my experience of testing Sygic after using Google Maps for over two years.
Table of contents
- Routing comparison
- Voice and offline navigation
- Reporting tools
- Transit options
- Other features
- Which one is better where?
Sygic vs Google Maps
Routing is essential because you don’t want to stuck in traffic. Google Maps gets the data from Android devices, the app itself, and many other GPS enabled devices around the world. Sygic uses TomTom Traffic navigation, and the data is updated every two minutes from over 400 million vehicles.
To find a prominent service, I took a test drive of 9 kilometres (5.5 Miles). Take a look at the below table for the results of the test drive.
|Service||ETA on start||ETA on end||Dist. on start||Dist. on end||No. of reroutes|
|Sygic||16:42||16:50||8.9 km||9.4 km||2|
|Google Maps||16:45||16:50||8.8 km||9.4 km||4|
Regarding the traffic, Google Maps was more accurate, while both could not cope with the real-time traffic changes. Sygic has a feature of suggesting if a better route is available, which can help sometimes.
Voice and offline navigation
Sygic comes with a few languages including English UK, US, Deutsch, Italiano and a couple more. Google Maps offers a wide range of voice options, including English, Deutsch, Eesti, Filipino, Italiano, Magyar, Norsk, Suomi. 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.
Regarding offline availability, Google Maps allows downloading maps of about 70 kilometres area at a time. You can download different areas for free. You can also toggle on/off the offline navigation. With Sygic, it depends on your plan. You can download the purchased regions.
Read Waze vs Google Maps.
The second most essential section of Sygic vs Google Maps is reporting. The more features the service has, the better. Take a look at the below table for all the supported features.
|Static speed camera||✔️||❌|
|Mobile speed camera||❌||User-provided|
|Object on road||❌||User-provided|
There is no comparison regarding transit options. Sygic is only for private vehicles, while Google Maps offers options including car, public transport, cycle, walk, taxi, rideshare etc.
Sygic offers a store where users can purchase add-ons. It comes with a handful of add-ons mentioned below.
- Real view navigation.
- Head-up display.
Let’s talk about some of the unique features both services provide. Sygic and Google Maps have a few things in common and a few uncommon.
- Both show nearby places on the map while driving.
- Google Maps Timeline tool saves your driving activity, while Sygic has a similar tool called Sygic Travel book.
- A small window which is visible on the right side of the screen shows how many lanes are in total and which lane the driver should be driving on. The feature makes driving more comfortable.
- When we get close to our destination, Sygic shows a notification with the nearest parking.
- Sygic has a store with some fantastic add-ons.
- Sygic remembers where you park your car.
- SOS feature shows your location, nearest police station, hospital, petrol station, and pharmacy.
- Sygic offers to preview the journey.
- Google Maps shows lanes on the top at an intersection. It shows how many lanes in total and which lane the driver should choose.
- Find the information for millions of businesses, including their business hours, reviews, ratings, photos etc.
- Street-view feature to experience true navigation.
- Real-Time street view while walking.
Read HERE WeGo vs Waze.
Which one is better where?
- For public transport, Google Maps.
- Google Maps is better regarding traffic, but it always stays on the route, which was suggested in the beginning.
The most important question is whether you want to spend money. Sygic is not free, which is a fine line between Sygic vs Google Maps.
Both are great and can be used on different occasions. I hope the post helped. Feel free to share your views about both in the comments below and thanks for having a read. You can subscribe to our newsletter for future updates and new posts.
Discloser: The images used are the screenshots and are the property of the developer/publisher. The post was last updated by Madhsudhan on 29/Nov/2019.
Hello, my name is Madhsudhan Khemchandani. I’m a Software Engineer, graduated from UniSA, Adelaide. I’m the owner, author, and maintainer of this post and the site. Please contact me if you have any questions or feedback.