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.

HERE WeGo vs Waze – Which One Should You Choose in 2019?

HERE-WeGo-vs-Waze
HERE-WeGo-vs-Waze

Two great navigational apps from two different companies. HERE WeGo was previously known as Here Maps, and it is currently owned by multiple brands and Waze which is now owned and operated by Google. Both are great, and both have lots of unique features which make both apps quite a competitor. How do both apps stand against each other? Let’s find out in the final battle of HERE WeGo vs Waze.

Table of contents

  1. Details.
  2. Navigation.
  3. Interface and transit options.
  4. Offline navigation.
  5. Security and reporting.
  6. Business-information.
  7. Contributions.
  8. Which one is better where?
  9. Comparison video.
  10. In conclusion.

Details

HERE WeGo is a map and navigation app for Android and iOS. Web mapping service for desktops is also available. Here WeGo was originally developed by Nokia in 2012 for Windows Phone. Over 10 million users have downloaded the app only on Android.

Waze was first released in 2006, and then Google acquired the company in 2013. The app is available to download on iOS and Android. Waze comes with some of the great features which other maps apps do not provide. Over 100 million users have downloaded Waze only on Android.

Navigation

HERE-WeGo-vs-Waze-Routing
HERE-WeGo-vs-Waze-Routing

Both use AI and satellites to track the traffic, but both have different algorithms to figure out the best route. Waze prefer street and try to ignore the traffic lights, but HERE WeGo gives the fastest way possible. Waze also uses the information provided by the users and shows if a road is busy.

Once we put the address in HERE WeGo, it displays the location with a “Directions” button. Tapping on the button shows all available routes. You can select the car, public transport, any rideshare services, taxi, cycle and walk. You can also choose the option to give the best available route including all the methods to get to the location. Once the route is selected the screen with options comes up.
Also check out: Waze vs Google Maps.

Waze only allows private vehicles, taxi or cycle. After the user enters the address, an overview of the trip including the address, significant roads, travel time, distance and arrival time comes on the screen. Tapping on Go Now starts the journey.

Interface and transit options

HERE WeGo uses light colours for the map and pink and yellow for roads and streets. Waze, on the other hand, uses light colours and black colour for roads and streets. Both have a search bar on the top with the current location on the bottom right corner. Both feature a dark mode which can be turned on at any time or you can leave that to auto.

HERE WeGo comes with an option to select the map view like satellite, transit, and traffic. Like Google Maps, HERE WeGo allows choosing transit options. Users can choose from a private vehicle to public transport, taxi, rideshare, cycle and walking route. Some of the options might not be available in offline mode.

Waze, on the other hand, does not come with any public transport options but it comes with three options to select including private vehicle, taxi or cycle. Waze also comes with an option to change the map view to 2D, 3D, or leave that to auto.

Check out: Waze vs Google Maps.

Offline navigation

Offline-Maps-HERE-WeGo
Offline-Maps-HERE-WeGo

These days the data is vital for essential tasks like Facebook and Instagram 😜. 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 easiest route. Waze does not allow to download maps on your phone, but it if the internet goes off while in a route, the app would not stop working.

Check out: Sygic vs Waze.

Security and reporting

Safety Features in Waze
Safety Features in Waze

HERE WeGo reports current vehicle speed, current speed zone, safety camera, and traffic. Waze is a community-based application where users can report from traffic to police, crash, hazard, gas prices, map issues, places, camera, closure and more. Another feature in Waze is it warns the driver not to use the maps while the vehicle is in motion. A passenger can tap on the “Passenger” button to override the message.

Other than that, safety camera reporting in Waze is better than HERE WeGo. Waze displays the location of the camera by highlighting the map and reminding the driver, while HERE WeGo sometimes warns with the voice or sometimes it beeps if a camera is ahead. HERE WeGo does not display the camera on the map.

Businesses information

HERE-WeGo-vs-Waze-Businesses-Information
HERE-WeGo-vs-Waze-Businesses-Information

HERE WeGo comes handy regarding the information about the shops. In HERE WeGo we can see the details like opening hours, website, phone number etc. for different places. HERE WeGo is not as good as Google Maps, but they are working to make HERE WeGo an app for everyone to find the information for any business.

Contributions

Waze uses a scoreboard system where users can contribute to maps and see their contributions. A user can earn proper respect by reporting the information including cameras, police, crash, traffic etc. The more you share the respect you get. Tap on “Scoreboard” button in your profile settings to see your level, score and rank. You can see your level on the screen and all time points. In “My Achievements” menu you can see all your achievements including milestones, reports etc. Not all the reports are updated straight away although you can keep reporting to receive the score. HERE WeGo does not come with any contributions in the app, but you can go to their website and edit the map.
Check out: Sygic vs Google Maps.

Which one is better where?

The answer to this question is difficult to answer. Here is what I think about both apps.

  1. If you prefer the streets and want to avoid the roads, then Waze would be your choice.
  2. Going toward a new location? Waze is your buddy.
  3. If you are thinking about finding the cheapest possible way, then HERE WeGo can give you information about public transport.
  4. For a known location, you can choose either, because both will get you there.
  5. Public transport? HERE WeGo is there.
  6. For shopping, I would suggest HERE WeGo because you can see the business information before leaving.

HERE WeGo vs Waze video comparison

You can watch the below video on HERE WeGo vs Waze. The video explains how both work on the road and how do both maps react in busy traffic and changing of the route. None of any apps is perfect and in HERE WeGo vs Waze comparison, we saw something similar.

In conclusion

I hope the comparison HERE WeGo vs Waze cleared your thoughts. No matter what you select, both apps will get to the destination and depending on the traffic condition either can give you the best route. If you want to be safe from fines, then Waze would be your app, but for public transport and businesses details, HERE WeGo is better.

Image information: Images used in this article are the screenshots of the apps. A screenshot is most likely the copyright of the app owner. If you have any concerns about the images, please contact me. Last updated on 17th of July 2019 by Madhsudhan.

Waze vs Google Maps – Comparing Every Little Thing in 2019

Waze vs Google Maps
Waze vs Google Maps

Thousands of users find routes to their destinations using Waze and Google Maps. Both apps have been here for over ten years, and Google owns both. Comparing both will not make one bigger than the other, because the same company operates both, but for everyday users, it is important to know which app is better. In this article, we are going to see how do both apps stand against each other? The article is the ultimate comparison of Waze vs Google Maps.

Waze vs Google Maps

Details

Before we begin, let’s read some details and history of both apps.

Waze: Waze Mobile developed Waze in 2006. The app quickly became favourite. In 2013 Google bought Waze for $966 million, and it paid $1.2 million to all Waze’s employees.

Google Maps: In 2004 a company called Where 2 Technologies by two brothers started working on Google Maps project. Google then acquired the company and launched Google Maps a year after. According to Business Insider, in 2013 Google Maps was determined to be the world’s most popular app with over 50% of global smartphone owners using it at least once.

Interface

Waze vs Google Maps - Interface
Waze vs Google Maps – Interface

Regarding the interface, both apps show lots of information. Both maps display suburbs, significant roads, shops and your home if added in the settings. While a good thing about Waze is it shows the shop’s logo on the map. Waze only uses its default map type, and you can change between 2D and 3D in the settings.

Google Maps comes with three map types and map details. The start-up one is the default, and the other two are satellite and terrain. By activating satellite type, you can see an aerial view of the map, while the terrain is Google Maps in 2D. The details in Google Maps include transport traffic and cycling.

Regarding the colouring, Waze is much darker and visible because it uses dark colours, while Google Maps uses light colours to display roads, rivers, and streets. Waze’s map interface includes a sound option and the current location button. Google Maps has buttons including explore, transport, for you, and the compass option which changes the map’s direction towards the north.

Navigation

Waze vs Google Maps - Routing
Waze vs Google Maps – Routing

From routing to voice, both use a different algorithm. When we put an address, Waze displays an overview of the address, including the address, significant roads, travel time, distance, and arrival time. It also shows sound options, other routes, share ETA, route overview and the best time to leave buttons.

Google Maps, on the other hand, displays the address, street view, directions, share and save buttons. Tapping on the “Direction” button gives an overview of the journey, and another button “Start” comes on the screen to start the trip. The good thing about Waze is it begins the trip as soon as you put the address. In Google Maps, we have to tap on three different buttons to start the journey.

Check out: Sygic vs Google Maps.

Voice

Waze supports about 75 voices which including English, Italiano, Magyar, Eesti etc. You have an opportunity to record your voice for navigation. Google Maps supports about 55 voices including English, Eesti, Filipino, Italiano, Hindi etc.

The basic voice algorithm in Waze is, it guides you when to turn and it again reminds with the name when the distance is 300 meters. The problem with Waze is it guides when the turn is so close which sometimes leads to missing the turn. Google Maps try to guide as early as possible. Sometimes if there are two streets very close to each other, and the driver has to turn on the second street it guides taking the second street even the driver has not crossed the closest street. Google Maps also suggests if heavy traffic, road closure or any crash is ahead and it changes the route if beneficial.

Traffic and reporting

Real Time Traffic Reporting - Waze vs Google Maps
Real-Time Traffic Reporting – YouTube Video

Both apps use satellite technology to monitor the traffic, and both apps have different procedure to handle traffic and related problems. Waze is a community-based GPS navigation app and other than AI, it collects data from drivers and then calculates traffic. Meanwhile, Google Maps is a robust app, and it gathers data from most services like satellite, Android Auto, and many more. Even though people think Waze is better in traffic detecting, Google Maps does a better job.

Check out: Waze vs HERE WeGo.

Businesses Information

Regarding businesses information, Google Maps is the king. With Google Maps you can see information like business hours, phone numbers, website, reviews, pictures etc. All the data is provided by business owners and users around the world. Users share their experience as they visit a store. Google calls it contributions and whoever contributes gets points.

Transport options

Google Maps Transit Options
Google Maps Transit Options

Regarding public transport, Google Maps is the king. The app comes with a wide range of travel options including drive, cycle, walk, run, taxi and even flight in some areas. Waze does not support transit options, but you change the vehicle type to private, taxi and cycle to get better routes.

Security

Safety Features in Waze
Safety Features in Waze

Both apps have different characteristics which make both apps beneficial. Safety features in Waze are speed camera warnings, current car speed and the allowed speed warnings, police warnings, crash and traffic warnings etc. Everything users report counts towards their contributions.

Security and safety is the primary concern when it comes to anything. Waze comes with a built-in warning system which warns you to not to use the app while driving. It detects and displays a warning if the vehicle is in motion. There a button “Passenger” to override this warning. Unfortunately, Google Maps does not come with any built-in security features.

Check out: HERE WeGo vs Waze.

On the road

I took both apps to test. From my location, the destination was 20 minutes far, and I tested both apps on the busiest time. Both apps did an excellent job, although I was expecting more from both apps. On peak hours, the unpredictable traffic can trick both maps, and the same happened in the tests. Have a look by yourself in the below comparison video of Waze vs Google Maps.

Timeline review

Google Maps Timeline Review
Google Maps Timeline Review

Another feature in Google Maps is Timeline review. Google collects your travelling data if you have granted permission, and it shows you the places you have visited. It also highlights the routes you travel. You can see the kilometres you have travelled, the places you have visited with travel time on that day. You can also choose a specific day by tapping on the calendar button on the top. Waze does not come with time review option, although some people think it’s good because they don’t want anyone to track them.

Contributions

Contributions - Waze vs Google Maps
Contributions – Waze vs Google Maps

Both allow users to contribute to improving the maps, and it is part of this Waze vs Google Maps fight. The reason for contribution is different in both. Waze uses a scoreboard and level system, while Google Maps uses points and levels system. In Waze, a user can earn proper respect by reporting the information as he or she travels. I have already mentioned that there are plenty of ways a user can report in Waze. While the user can also increase their reputation by editing the map on the Waze website. If you want to check your points, level and rank, then go to the profile and then tap on the scoreboard button. You can see your level on the screen and all time points. In “My Achievements” menu, you can see all of your achievements, including milestones, reports etc.

Google Maps, on the other hand, asks for rating, reviewing, adding photos, and answer questions about places. Your information helps Google Maps provide accurate information. Like achievements in Waze, Google Maps uses “badges”. As you rate, review, answer and upload photos you earn badges. As you go, you earn points and after specific points, your level increases. Google used to reward Drive storage in exchange for contributions, but these days, they focus on planning significant events around the world and a contributor can participate for free.

Check out: Top 10 must-have Android apps in 2019.

Which one is good where?

The answer to this question is tricky. I have been testing both apps for a long time now, and the below list is from my experience.

  • If you are a street lover and want to ignore the road, then Waze would be your choice.
  • If you are going toward a new location then Waze is your buddy.
  • For a known location, I would suggest Google Maps.
  • For public transport, Google Maps is there.
  • Thinking about shopping? You might like Google Maps as it tells you if the shop is closed or will be closed by the time you arrive.

In conclusion

Well, both Maps are well operated by a trusted company, and thousands of people are using both apps to explore the world. I hope the comparison of Waze and Google Maps helped you to figure out which app to use. What do you think about both apps? Which one do you use and why? Please share your experience with us.

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