Google Maps vs. TomTom Go | The Final Showdown (2021)

Last updated: 25 May 2021

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Google Maps vs. Tomtom Go

Google Maps and TomTom Go are two of the 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, and the data is updated every two minutes. Google Maps collects data from various sources such as Android Phones and Google Maps etc. To find the accurate navigation app, 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 bit behind in traffic, but the ETA was similar most of the time. We also should consider the location, as at some locations one could perform better than the other.

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

Voice navigation

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

Winner: TomTom Go | Score:  Google Maps: 1 | TomTom Go: 2

Reporting

Screenshot of Google Maps Reporting Features
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.

FeatureGoogle MapsTomTom Go
Mobile speed camera✔️
Speed limit✔️ limited✔️ limited
Vehicle’s speed✔️✔️
Static speed camera✔️
Crash✔️
Congestion✔️✔️
Roadworks✔️✔️
Road closure✔️
Object on road✔️
Disabled vehicle✔️
Fuel prices
Roadside help
Disabled vehicle✔️
Tools comparison table

Winner: Google Maps | Score:  Google Maps: 2 | TomTom Go: 2

Related: Waze vs. TomTom Go | The Final Showdown

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 | TomTom Go: 2

Offline navigation

Google Maps allows downloading some kilometre 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.

Related: Sygic vs. Google Maps (2021)

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 in which users will 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

Paid nature

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

Other features

Common features

  • Night mode is available in both.
  • Both offer to show the lanes on the top and suggest which lane should the driver be driving in

Google Maps

  • See reviews, ratings, and photos of millions of places
  • Real-time street view can be activated while walking
  • Suggests whether public transport is busy using past data and real-time users feedback
  • Uses the GPS time no even the phone time is incorrect
  • Available on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

TomTom Go

  • Supports 3D (looks super cool)
  • Only supports Apple CarPlay

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 organised by Google around the world.

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.

  1. For public transport: Google Maps.
  2. If travelling locally and you know the address, then both will do the job.
  3. Travelling overseas? Download Google Maps and search for business and addresses easily.
  4. Love to help the community? Google Maps.
  5. Going to a restaurant or a new place? Google Maps is here.

Final choice -> Google Maps

Video

The video covers a test drive of both at the same time. The fifteen-minute journey covers a lot about both apps.

Sygic vs TomTom Go Video

Summary

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

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