Last updated: 18 Mar 2021 | Reading time: 4 minutes
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 (2021).
Table of contents
- Voice navigation
- Offline navigation
- Transport options
- Paid nature
- Other features
- Which one is for you?
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
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
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 an 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
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.
|Mobile speed camera||✔️||✔️|
|Static speed/red light camera||✔️||✔️|
|Report speed change||✔️||✔️|
|Object on road||✔️||❌|
|Report speed change||✔️||✔️|
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
Both do not offer public transport, while both offer a few navigation options. TomTom Go supports changing 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.
Winner: Tie | Score: Waze: 3 – TomTom Go: 3
Waze is free, but TomTom Go is not entirely free. TomTom allows 75 kilometres (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
The final part of Waze vs TomTom Go covers some of the unique features which might make a difference.
- Contributions: Contributions allow help each other
- Trip Scheduling
- Voice search
- Android Auto & CarPlay
- Camera issue: Forgets safety cameras sometimes
- 3D Buildings: 3D buildings while navigating
- Route suggestion: Suggests if a better route is available
- Progress bar
- Apple CarPlay
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
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.