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 is Better in 2019?

HERE WeGo vs Waze
HERE WeGo vs Waze

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. 

Info: The comparison is based on rounds. After each round, the winning app gets one point.

Table of contents

  1. Comparison video
  2. Routing
  3. Voice navigation
  4. Reporting
  5. Transit options
  6. Offline navigation
  7. Other features
  8. Which one is better where?

Comparison video

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.

Routing

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

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.

ServiceETA on startETA on endDist. on startDist. on end
HERE WeGo19:0916:3510 km9.3 km
Waze19:0616:359.1 km9.3 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.

Also check out: Waze vs Google Maps.

Voice navigation

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.

Score: HERE WeGo: 0 | Waze: 0. Reviews: More languages or your voice? It’s a decision of a user.

Reporting

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.

FeatureHERE WeGoWaze
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 pricesUser-provided
Roadside help✔️
Disabled vehicleUser-provided

Contributions

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.


Check out:
Waze vs HERE WeGo.

Transit options

There is no comparison regarding the transport options. HERE WeGo has more transit options than Waze.

FeatureHERE WeGoWaze
Car✔️✔️
Taxi driving✔️
Bicycle✔️✔️
Public transport✔️
Taxi/ride-share✔️
Walk✔️✔️

Score: HERE WeGo: 1 | Waze: 1. Reviews: This round goes to HERE WeGo.

Check out:
Waze vs Google Maps.

Offline navigation

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.

Check out: Sygic vs Waze.

Other features

HERE WeGo

  • 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.

Waze

  • You can switch between 2D and 3D mode.
  • You can talk to Waze by saying OK Waze.
  • Waze supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Common

  • 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.

  1. If you travel to remote areas often then you should go with HERE WeGo and download maps.
  2. In the city, both would work fine, but if you want to stay up to date with surrounding, then Waze is better.
  3. For public transport, taxi, ride-share, and walk, HERE WeGo is your choice.
  4. Love to help the community, Waze is there.

In conclusion

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. The blog post was last updated by Madhsudhan on 10/Nov/2019.