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Google Maps vs. TomTom GO

Google Maps vs. TomTom GO

Google Maps and TomTom GO are two popular navigation apps. Google Maps is an all-rounder, and TomTom GO offers great features for driving. How do both stand against each other? Let’s find out in Google Maps vs. TomTom GO comparison.

Routing

TomTom GO collects data from over 400 million cars, which is updated every two minutes. Google Maps collects data from various sources such as Android Phones and Google Maps. I went for a test drive here in Adelaide (above video). Let’s take a look at the results.

ServiceETA on startETA on endDist. on start
Google Maps15:4515:458.1 Km
TomTom GO15:4515:458.7 Km
Routing test comparison

Both did a good job in the test drive. TomTom GO was a little behind in traffic, but the ETA was similar most of the time. We also should consider the location, as one could perform better at some locations than the other.

Winner: Tie | Score: Google Maps: 1 | TomTom GO: 1

Voice navigation

TomTom GO overtakes this round because it offers over 100 voice options in many languages. Google Maps comes with 59 voice options.

Winner: TomTom Go | Score: TomTom GO: 2

Related: Waze vs. TomTom GO

Reporting features

Reporting in Google Maps
Google Maps Reporting Features

Reporting is one of the most important sections of Google Maps vs. TomTom GO because reporting tools show the actual power of a navigation app.

Google Maps and TomTom GO Reporting Options

Winner: Google Maps | Score: Google Maps: 2

Transit options

There is no comparison in transport options because Google Maps is the clear winner. The all-rounder nature gives it an edge when it comes to transport modes.

FeatureGoogle MapsTomTom GO
Car✔️✔️
Bicycle✔️✔️
Public transport✔️
Taxi/ride-share✔️
Walk✔️✔️
Transit options comparison

Winner: Google Maps | Score: Google Maps: 3

Offline navigation

TomTom GO Interface
TomTom GO Interface

Google Maps allows downloading some kilometer area at a time. You can download many locations on your device. The app automatically updates the maps after some time, and you can go offline by tapping on the offline button in the left menu.

TomTom GO requests to download the whole country’s map when you open the app for the first time. The company is bringing new features to download a specific area, but ETA is unknown. You can also download the other nation’s maps.

Winner: Tie | Score: Google Maps: 4 | TomTom GO: 3

Contributions

A non-comparable feature of Google Maps is contributions. Users can contribute by reviewing and rating places, uploading photos, and answering questions. The more you help, the more points you get. The points can be used to go to events organized by Google worldwide.

Related: Sygic vs. Google Maps

Other features

Google Maps

Businesses: See reviews, ratings, and photos of millions of places.

Street view: Real-time street view can be activated while walking.

Public transport: Suggests whether public transport is busy using past data and real-time user feedback.

Busy area: Google Maps also suggests if an area is busy.

GPS time: The app shows the GPS arrival time even when the phone’s time is different.

Phone’s sensor auto mode: Google Maps uses the surroundings to enable the night mode, meaning in a tunnel, the night mode activates.

TomTom GO

3D: TomTom GO 3D interface (looks super cool).

Vehicle type: Change vehicle type during navigation.

Common features

Availability: Both are available for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Night mode: Night mode is available in both.

Lane suggestion: Both offer to show the lanes on the top and suggest which lane the driver should be in.

To enclose, TomTom GO offers 75 kilometers (50 miles) for free each month. After that, you will not use the app until you purchase or wait for the kilometers to reset.

Which one is to use where?

If you just want a navigation app to drive locally, TomTom GO can benefit. For all other reasons, Google Maps is the best navigation app. It supports public transport, restaurant reviews, photos, and options to download maps offline, making it an all-in-one maps app.

Score: Google Maps: 4 & TomTom GO: 3
Final choice: Google Maps

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Summary

The final score for Google Maps vs. TomTom GO is 4 over 3. Google Maps is old, and because of a giant tech company behind it, it is up to date most of the time, and it’s free.

Anyway, thanks for reading this blog post. Please let me know your thoughts about both in the comments below so we can discuss more.

Peter Cowell

Saturday 2nd of July 2022

Loved TomTom but not at £19:99 a year or even the £12:99 they just offered me for a third year. Google maps is great but some features like average speed would be a bonus

Brilliant and very helpful comparison Helped me in believing I’m good with google maps for now 👍🏻😊 Thank you

Karen

Friday 24th of June 2022

my 2018 Subaru legacy has tomtom navigation and in 2022 i can't do map updates. Keep getting error message. I have contacted Subaru about this and it is still unresolved going on a month now. I have tried another browser too. The download takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to laptop then it goes to a USB drive and then to the car. Problem is keep getting error message. I am on Step 11 of the Update but can't get past the download part. My car dealer is short handed and doesn't have the time. they can't even answer their phone. Phone mailboxes are full. they have been bought 3 times out of the last 4 times. Not exactly a confidence builder.

n

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Really, the only important point here is that they're virtually the same and one is free. makes the choice a no brainer really.

Bruce Caldwell

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Pros for TomTom. The map zooms in when you approach a junction making it easy to see which exit you need. Google Maps doesn't do that. If you install your own Point Of Interest (POI) files it is easy to search for one POI in a long list. Typing in part of the name brings up a match of all the POIs which match. Google Maps presents you with a long list to scroll through to find the correct one which can take a while. No quick way to search.

Pros for Google Maps It's free! It's very quick to recalculate a route if you take a wrong turn. TomTom can take a while if you're in a town and you could miss your next turn while it's thinking. Map updates and traffic are free. Not all TomToms have lifetime map updates and traffic. It's an app on your phone which means you only have to carry your phone with you and not an extra device. Many cars are now including Android Auto in their dashboards which is great if you have an Android phone. Google Maps displays on your dash.

Madhsudhan

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

What a great quick comparison. Thanks, Bruce. This comment will help other readers.