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.
TomTom GO collects data from over 400 million cars, and the data 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.
|Service||ETA on start||ETA on end||Dist. on start|
|Google Maps||15:45||15:45||8.1 Km|
|TomTom GO||15:45||15:45||8.7 Km|
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
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
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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.
|Feature||Google Maps||TomTom GO|
|Mobile speed camera||✔️||❌|
|Speed limit||✔️ limited||✔️ limited|
|Static speed camera||❌||✔️|
|Object on road||✔️||❌|
Winner: Google Maps | Score: Google Maps: 2
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.
|Feature||Google Maps||TomTom GO|
Winner: Google Maps | Score: Google Maps: 3
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 not known. You can also download the other nation’s maps.
Winner: Tie | Score: Google Maps: 4 | TomTom GO: 3
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.
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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.
3D: TomTom GO 3D interface (looks super cool).
Vehicle type: Change vehicle type during navigation.
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 should the driver 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 better where?
As we have covered pretty much everything in Google Maps vs TomTom GO, you would have a clear image of which one to use where.
- For public transport: Google Maps.
- If traveling locally and you know the address, then both will do the job.
- Traveling overseas? Download Google Maps and search for business and addresses easily.
- Love to help the community? Google Maps.
- Going to a restaurant or a new place? Google Maps is here.
Score: Google Maps: 4 & TomTom GO: 3
Final choice: Google Maps
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.