Sygic vs Waze – A Detailed Comparison of Both in 2019

Sygic vs Waze
Sygic vs Waze

Ladies and gentlemen, here is the ultimate comparison of Sygic vs Waze. Both are great tools and have been here for a long time now. Sygic is a paid service while Waze is completely free. What are we going to cover? Well, the list is down below. Sygic and Waze are two fantastic services, and a fun fact is both projects started in 2004, and Sygic was the first app on iOS to provide mobile navigation. Let’s see which one is our final choice in Sygic vs Waze comparison.

Table of contents

  1. Details.
  2. YouTube video covering Sygic vs Waze on the road.
  3. Interface.
  4. Online navigation.
  5. Offline navigation.
  6. Safety and security.
  7. Unique features.
  8. Issues with both apps.
  9. Which one is better where.
  10. In conclusion.

Details

Sygic

Collecting data from over 400 million vehicles around the globe, Sygic updates the data every 2 minutes. Michal Štencl found the company in 2004. Since then it provides navigation to millions of users.

Waze

Released in 2006 Waze has been one of the favourites. The company has been operating under Google since 2013, and millions of users use Waze in their daily life.

YouTube video

Before we move on, let’s check the latest video in the comparison. I have recorded the above video to show Sygic vs Waze comparison. The video covers both apps on the road and what features they have.

Interface

Sygic and Waze Interface
Sygic and Waze Interface

Nothing special when you open the apps. Both use light colours. After putting an address both show an overview of the trip. Sygic shows alternative routes and if you prefer you can tap on the route to change. 3D interface is something to look for in Sygic. Waze has a few options including music, sound and search options on the screen.

Online navigation

Sygic and Waze - Navigation
Sygic and Waze – Navigation

Sygic is available for private cars, walking, and rideshare, while Waze is available for private cars, cyclists, and it has an option to enable taxi mode. Both use GPS to find the vehicle’s speed which is reasonably accurate on both. Sygic shows the essential notifications, petrol stations, and parking spots on the left while Waze does not show anything like that. The blue bar on the bottom in Sygic is the progress bar. It shows the trip’s progress, and if there is any traffic delay, you will see the red bar instead of blue. On the bottom, we have the tip’s information. You can tap on the button on the right to see more options. Waze has a search bar where you can search while you can also talk to Waze by saying “OK Waze”.

The three little dots in Sygic contain lots of tools. You can preview the trip, search, see directions, update traffic information, and change the settings.

Sygic updates the traffic very often, and it collects the data from over 400 million cars around the world. Waze relies on the users to update the traffic information.

voice

Voice is also part of Sygic vs Waze comparison. Sygic comes with a few languages including English and Italiano. Waze comes with a wide range of voice options including English, Italiano, Polski, Deutsch etc. You can also record your voice and use for the navigation. Although, a problem I must mention with Waze is, it sometimes guides when we are too close to the intersection making us take the next intersection.
Check out: Waze vs Google Maps 2019.

Offline navigation

Sygic has an option to purchase the map for different regions. Sygic is a paid service, and after the trial period, you will have to pay to use their services. Waze on the other hand, does not come with any offline options. You will have to be connected to navigate.

Security and Safety

Sygic vs Waze Security Features
Sygic vs Waze Security Features

Safety would be one of the most important section of Sygic vs Waze. Both use some security tools to keep you out of danger. The SOS feature comes in Sygic which shows you the location with your current address, coordinates, nearest police, pharmacy, hospital, and the petrol station. You can also call on the emergency number by taping on Emergency Call. Moving to Waze, it does not allow you to search for anything while the vehicle is in motion. Also, it uses the information given by drivers. Drivers can report traffic, police, crash, fuel prices etc. As you report you to get some points which help you build your reputation and the more points you have, the faster your report will be updated.
Check out: Sygic vs Google Maps 2019.

Unique features

Each app has some unique features, and we will be covering each in this Sygic vs Waze comparison.

Sygic

  1. It shows a small window suggesting which lane should you use to drive the car.
  2. Sygic updates the route if there is a fast route available.
  3. It shows your car’s speed and the speed zone. It also beeps when you exceed the limit, or a speed trap is ahead.
  4. When moving to a different speed zone, Sygic displays the new speed on the screen.
  5. Need parking? Sygic will show you the nearest parking when you are close to the destination.
  6. Need more features? Check out Sygic Store. The tools including real-time navigation, dash cam, head up display, cockpit, travel book, maps etc.
  7. Download maps for your region.
  8. You can preview the route in the options.
  9. You can see the nearest Uber or similar rideshare driver and book a car (region limited).

Waze

  1. Get real-time traffic, hazards, police, crash reports from drivers.
  2. Waze is completely free.
  3. For your safety, you can’t search for anything when the speed is above 2.
  4. You can use Waze for cycling or use if for taxi stuff, and Waze will give you the best routes.
  5. You can play your songs with one tap if you have music apps installed.
  6. Waze shows your car’s speed and speed zone.

Problem with Both

Let’s see some of the issues with both the apps.

Sygic

  1. Sygic is a paid service.
  2. Map updates will not be very often.

Waze

  1. Sometimes, it forgets to inform you about the speed traps.
  2. Being a public app it can easily be manipulated and fake data can be uploaded.

Which one is better where?

Alright, the answer to this question is complicated. The Sygic vs Waze has covered almost the features both come with. Check out the below list:

    1. If you want a rich and smooth experience, then Sygic is there.
    2. If you want free stuff, then Waze is your go.
    3. Looking for cycle routes? Waze.
    4. Looking to drive a taxi or rideshare? Waze is there.
    5. Are you a new driver? Or moving to a new place? Sygic is there to guide you about the lanes, parking, and petrol station.

In conclusion

Here is the end of Sygic vs Waze journey. I hope it helped you find the perfect navigation app for you. Let me know what do you think, and which one do you use? Also, please let me know if any of the information is missing so, I can update the article. Images are owned by the respective companies. Last updated by Madhsudhan Madhsudhan on 26th of April 2019.

Sygic vs Google Maps | A Detailed Comparison of Both

Sygic vs Google Maps
Sygic vs Google Maps

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

Sygic vs Google Maps

Routing

Sygic vs Google Maps - Routing
Sygic vs Google Maps – Routing

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.

ServiceETA on startETA on endDist. on startDist. on endNo. of reroutes
Sygic16:4216:508.9 km9.4 km2
Google Maps16:4516:508.8 km9.4 km4

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.

Reporting

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.

FeatureSygicGoogle Maps
Speed camera✔️
Speed limit✔️
Vehicle’s speed✔️✔️
Static speed camera✔️
Mobile speed cameraUser-provided
CrashUser-provided
CongestionUser-provided
RoadworksUser-provided
Road closureUser-provided
Object on roadUser-provided
Disabled vehicleUser-provided
Fuel prices✔️
Disabled vehicleUser-provided

Transit options

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 store

Sygic offers a store where users can purchase add-ons. It comes with a handful of add-ons mentioned below.

  1. Dashcam.
  2. Real view navigation.
  3. Cockpit.
  4. Head-up display.

Each add-on can be purchased separately as well as with plans.

Other features

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.

Common

  • 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.

Sygic

  • 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

  • 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.

In conclusion

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.