Waze vs TomTom Go (2020) – Which One is for You?

Image Showing Waze and TomTom Go
Waze vs TomTom Go

Waze and TomTom have been here for a long time. TomTom Go app is designed for drivers to get most of the navigation. Waze, on the other hand, is a popular navigation service available in over 60 countries. Although both have many same features, there are a few which make them different. The blog post explores the two and covers: Waze vs TomTom Go.

Table of contents

Routing

Screenshots of Routing in Waze and TomTom Go
Waze vs TomTom Go – Routing

TomTom Go gets traffic data from over 400 million vehicles around the world, whereas Waze gets traffic data from the users on the road. Depending on the location, one can perform better. One thing Waze does better is allowing to search for business name and address together. With TomTom Go, there are separate sections for both.

Winner: Tie | Score:  Waze: 1 – TomTom Go: 1



Voice navigation

Waze offers 75 voice options in many languages, while TomTom Go provides over 100 voice options. Both allow downloading of voices. Waze also supports to record own voice for basic turns.

Winner: Tie | Score:  Waze: 2 – TomTom Go: 2

Offline navigation

TomTom Go gets the win in this round as it asks to download the maps the first thing. Waze, on the contrary, does not come with offline navigation system. It relies on the data provided by other users to update traffic and notify users on the road constantly. Although the app requires data, it won’t stop if you turn off the data in the middle of a trip.

Winner: TomTom Go | Score: Waze: 2 – TomTom Go: 3

Read: Waze vs Google Maps | Which One is the Best in 2020?



Reporting

Both come with different reporting features. The more tools, the better. So, how Waze and TomTom compare on reporting? Let’s take a look at the table to find out.

Feature Waze TomTom Go
Mobile speed camera ✔️ ✔️
Speed limit ✔️ ✔️
Vehicle’s speed ✔️ ✔️
Static speed/red light camera ✔️ ✔️
Crash ✔️
Congestion ✔️ ✔️
Roadworks ✔️ ✔️
Road closure ✔️ ✔️
Report speed change ✔️ ✔️
Object on road ✔️
Disabled vehicle ✔️
Report speed change ✔️ ✔️
Accident blackspots ✔️
Danger zones ✔️
Risk zones ✔️
Roadside help ✔️

The table covers the combined features and shows which service supports what. Some of the tools are device and country dependent and may not be available in different regions.

Winner: Waze | Score: Waze: 3 – TomTom Go: 3

Transport options

Both do not offer public transport, while both offer a few navigation options. TomTom Go supports to change the navigation to bike or walk in between a trip. Waze comes with an option to switch between the private car, taxi, and bike for better routes.

Feature Waze TomTom Go
Car ✔️ ✔️
Bicycle ✔️ ✔️
Public transport
Taxi/ride-share ✔️
Walk ✔️

Winner: Tie | Score:  Waze: 3 – TomTom Go: 3



Paid nature

Screenshot Showing TomTom Go Pricing
TomTom Go Pricing

Waze is free, but TomTom Go is not entirely free. TomTom allows 75 kilometres (converted 46 miles) for free every month. If you extend this limit, you will have to upgrade. The service comes with monthly and yearly subscription plans for $8.99 and $29.99 here in Australia.

Winner: Waze | Score:  Waze: 4 – TomTom Go: 3

Read: Google Maps vs TomTom Go | Which One is Better in 2020?

Other features

The final part of Waze vs TomTom Go covers some of the unique features which might make a difference.

Similar

  1. Both support Apple CarPlay.
  2. Add places such as home and work.
  3. Both offer to find the closest parking.

Waze

  1. Waze comes with a points system for those who report. The more a user contributes, the points he or she gets. With points, users can unlock rewards such as vehicle icons.
  2. You can schedule a ride.
  3. The service comes with an online map editor. Users can sign up and edit maps.
  4. Waze supports voice search.
  5. The app supports Android Auto.

TomTom Go

  1. 3D buildings while navigating look stunning.
  2. The app suggests if a better route is available.
  3. While navigating, TomTom Go shows a progress bar with fuel stations, safety cameras, car parking, and more.
  4. Waze has an issue of forgetting safety cameras sometimes. TomTom Go does not forget safety cameras.

Which one is for you?

It’s a matter of usage. If you navigate occasionally, then both will do the job. Waze comes with excellent reporting tools, and if you are a daily driver and travel to new areas, then Waze is your choice. The final score in Waze vs TomTom Go is 4 | 3.

Waze iOS TomTom Go iOS
Waze Android TomTom Go Android

Summary

The comparison Waze vs TomTom Go covered the fundamental features. I hope the information was useful. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below so we can talk more. You can also subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.



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