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Sponsored App Review: Sygic: GPS Navigation & Maps

December 26, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Sygic is an offline maps navigation app that aims to turn your Android device into a true Sat Nav. With maps from the infamous TomTom, there’s no need to connect to the Internet, all you need is a GPS signal and you’re good to go. With true turn-by-turn navigation with spoken street names as well as lane guidance to avoid collisions on those busy highways it features everything you need to get from A-to-B. With in-app purchases, you can gain access to premium features such as speed camera notifications – even for mobile locations – and an innovative heads-up display that can relay information to you as you drive in your windshield. For drivers that rely on their Android smartphone, Sygic GPS Navigation is a must-have application. Why? Read on to find out.

How it Works: First of all, you’ll need to download the app from the Play Store, after you’ve done that you’re ready to get started with Sygic. To get a quick look at what the app can offer you, take a look at the video below:

Many, if not all of the features that you’ve come to expect from a GPS app are included in Sygic, such as beautifully rendered 3D maps that are exceptionally easy to follow:

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Lane guidance is included as well, to make those busy roads that little bit easier to understand when you’re in heavy traffic:

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Other features such as speed are included too, as well as the ability to see upcoming speed cameras – very handy if you’re in a rush.

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Of course, the stand-out feature at work here is the heads-up display that you can use to subtly display upcoming turns without the need of a specialized mount, which is great if you’re using a rental car.

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Opinion: On the surface, Sygic feels like every other GPS navigation app out there but, you’re soon struck with the level of polish and attention to detail this has over competitors. Sure, Google Maps is great, and it’s free but, the maps aren’t all that detailed and in some parts of the world they’re incomplete. With quality TomTom maps and super-detailed 3D maps, you’ll have no problem making out where you are and where you need to go. Add-in some truly useful features such as the heads-up display and the upcoming speed limit notifications and you have one of the most comprehensive navigation apps available for Android.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Without the need to load maps from the Internet, Sygic is both fast and there when you need it at a moments’ notice.
  • Features (5/5) – Offering everything you’ve come to expect from such an app, as well as some ingenious extras like the heads-up display and this is one comprehensive app.
  • Theme (5/5) – With detailed and realistic 3D maps, it’s difficult to lose your bearings with Sygic and the app shows a high-level of polish and attention to detail.
  • Overall (5/5) – Sygic GPS Navigation is easily one of the most, if not the most, comprehensive GPS apps for Android, with detailed maps and all the features you want it’s a must-have for those always on the go.

Pros

  • Features such as the speed camera alerts and the heads-up display are innovative features that help Sygic stand out.
  • Realistic and accurate 3D maps help you to navigate even the most crowded cities as if you were a local.
  • No need to download apps from the internet every time you get in the car – all the maps you need are there.
  • Free map updates so things stay accurate and safe for drivers on the road.

Cons

  • In-app purchases could be a turn off for some users.
  • Offline map means more space taken up on the phone.

Conclusion: Overall, Sygic is easily one of the most comprehensive apps available for drivers on Android right now. Offering some simple, yet very polished features alongside some stand-out features like the heads-up display creates a full navigation app that doesn’t even need the internet. Google Maps is great at a moment’s notice but, it’s not a complete solution like this is and it requires access to the internet. Which is simply not going to happen in rural areas or out on the long open highways. Sygic offers users that need to commute great distances a brilliant alternative to apps and services like Google Maps and other third-party options. It’s free to try out, with the main features being in-app purchases for users to pick and choose from.

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