Friday, April 3, 2015
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If by any chance, you have ever been in need of directions, you must have sought help in some of the GPS applications.
Google maps and Waze are the most obvious choices, unless you are an iOS user. This text will pit these Google maps and Waze to see which of the two is smarter GPS-wise. For those unaware of the most recent tech-facts – Google assimilated Waze last summer. Waze, however, still functions as an independent developer, with no known plans to be integrated in any time soon.
The winners pedestal of navigational applications for Android and iOS has been occupied by Google Maps for years now. The most recent updates have got laudable amount of positive reviews from users. Real-time information on traffic, the speed of data delivery, it all works like a charm. Also, add-ons that mark the most important data of your route that doesn’t call for getting into any deeper parts of the app.
Different forms of transport are accounted for in the apps interface. Bicycle, bus, tram or going on foot are counted in. It’s one application that provides directions as you go, calculates approximate time of arrival. Finally, it should be known that Google Maps gathers data on traffic conditions from Waze, as a consequence being able to steer you away from crowds or rush hours.
If only all the GPS applications would do that.
Waze seems to be more that necessary application any place where there are often rush hours, roadworks or basically any kind of occurrence that would detain you along the way. Waze gives driving directions on a turn-by-turn basis, either to a memorized location or to some that you’ve previously been looking for. Real-time updates on the traffic is the jewel of this app’s crown. Updates appear as you go along your route, supported by feedback from other Waze users.
Through this feedback by the users Waze reports accidents, police controls, heavy traffic and other information that will affect a person’s trip. As beneficial as Waze’s community is, there happens to be some complaining around and about its interface, like its small buttons, too many steps needed to enter commands and settings menu in which it is hard to find your way. Waze users have also reported that text-to-speech directions are slow to response, which could prove to be a problem if you want to get into the correct lane before your turn is too close for you to react.
Because Waze is specialized in gathering and manipulating traffic information, it perhaps is not the application to suit your walking or public transportation needs for finding the best routes.
Making a decision between Google Maps and Waze should prove to be a tough call. Both give quality and efficient service in their own sector. But as beneficial as waze appears, issue of complaints on its not so user friendly interface remain – diminutive buttons and going back and forth to find settings that you need. Google Maps, however, has a friendly interface with better options for those who get by using public transport or by walking.
It is up to users to decide. Those traveling by using cars will get most from Waze, while those who decide to walk or take a bus will find Google Maps the best advice giver.