GPS review: NDrive vs Route66!

I was telling you the other days that a new, “shocking” review is close. Well, the wait is over, and today I have for you a comparison between the navigation software of NDrive and that of Route66.

Why did I say “shocking”? Because the results are a little bit unexpected: NDrive is one of the best nav software that I’ve reviewed until now (I have to compare it to the big boys also, to see what’s it really capable of) and, on the other hand, Route66 which, sad to say, is one of the less performing software here at GPSreviewer.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

1. Computer graphics / Display performance

NDrive

Route66

In 524Mhz processor – Frames per second in routing and non routing

10 FPS

1 FPS

Support of Anti-aliasing on routing

Yes

Yes

Support of LandMark

Yes, with dynamic view on touch

No

3D free camera view on routing and map

Yes

No

In navigation get street or POI names by pics in LCD

Yes

No

Configurable map design based on templates

Yes

Yes

Uses real 3D aerial navigation photos

Yes

No

2. Search efficiency

NDrive

Route66

Search concepts accepted

City center, Street name, House number, Postal codes, Crossings, coordinates, POI names, POI proximity

City center, Street name, House number, Postal codes, coordinates, POI names, POI proximity

Search for 10, Gran Via – Madrid – No. of clicks needed

9

23, fuzzy

takes more

then 5 seconds

searching

Search for POI: Tourism: Puerta del Sol – Madrid –  No. of clicks needed

12

19, fuzzy

takes more

then 5 seconds

searching

Search for Barcelona, Gran via de los cortes catalanes / Carrer de bac de roda – No. of clicks needed

15

Not available

Accepts Initials for search

Yes No

Recognizes finger movements

Yes

No

Uses POI category and subcategories

Yes No

3. Routing

NDrive

Route66

(Madrid / Toledo) – 90KM – seconds to calculate*

5

9

(Madrid / Toledo) – 90KM – No. of clicks needed*

9

26

(Barcelona / Vigo) – 1150km – seconds to calculate*

9

22

(Barcelona / Vigo) – 1150km – No. of clicks needed*

14

28

Quality of calculation

***

normal

Velocity of re-routing*

2

5

Routing options accepted

faster, shorter, pedestrian, tolls

faster, shorter, pedestrian

Routing block possibilities

distance, roads, alternative and calculation

roads, distance

Safety camera support

Yes

Yes

Info Lane assistance

No

No

Add favourite while routing

Yes

No

Multiple routing

No

Yes

Save, import, export routes

No

No

* In a 524mhz processor PDA

4. Favourites

NDrive

Route66

Number of different categories of favorites accepted

Unlimited

1

Information accepted

Name, address, web, email, phones, fax, description

Name

Customization possibilities

Visibility, Scale of visualization, icon

None

Search possibilities

Name, Category, Distance

None

Import / Export

Compatible with Google format – KML

None

5. Reality view technology

NDrive:

On 900 European cities, 3D Aerial photography view on 4 angles + top view and 4 zoom factors, giving perfect view of buildings, gardens, streets…

ndrive3D-MAPS

ROUTE66:

Not available.

6. Conclusions:


Computer graphics / Display performance

By far, NDrive surpasses Route66 in the analyzed parameters. The aerial photo is an very nice feature that makes navigation in major cities much easier and intuitive. Video-like smooth navigation, clean graphics, very intuitive commands and great interactivity even during navigation are characteristics that make NDrive stand out.

Search efficiency

The search engine efficiency has been proven to be satisfactory using any of the software, regarding the capability of search by concepts like: City centre, Street name, House number, Postal codes, Crossings, Coordinates, POI names, POI proximity. However, ROUTE66 can’t search for crossings.

On the other hand, with NDrive and it’s differentiation factor of search by initials, the user can save a lot of taps in the touch screen, and the correct search result comes out much faster in the majority of searches.

Routing

Under this section, I analyzed two different routes by car, a medium one: 90km and a long one: 1150km, using a 524Mhz processor. The results for both of these calculations were in majority better using NDrive. Despite of this fact only ROUTE66 supports multiple routing.

Both NDrive and ROUTE66 have the most common routing options.

Favourites

NDrive is the clear winner. With the capability of store unlimited number of categories, possibility of search by name, category, distance and the compatibility with Google’s .KML file format. ROUTE66 (like the other 4 software I’ve reviewed until now, I might add) is quite behind in this aspect.

Reality view technology

While ROUTE66 wasn’t capable to reproduce the real world, the capability of change the view from 2D only to 2D with 3D landmarks to Aerial photos with different perspectives makes NDrive the better option if one is seeking for a navigation solution that is capable to accurately reproduce the real world.

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That’s it for now…

…you’ll be hearing (or reading) from me soon!

Laterz!

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