GPS Review – SEMIFINAL: NDrive vs Sygic Drive

ndrive_logo sygic logo

After the first semifinal, it looks like TomTom is in for the final tomorrow. But who is going to follow him there, well, that’s a question which we can hopefully answer today.

Because today we have the second and last semifinal, where the winner of my third review, NDrive battles it out with the “lonesome software”, :) Sygic Drive, the one for whom I did not have an opponent for a first review of it’s own.

So, it looks like Sygic was lucky enough to get a spot in the top 4… let’s see if it is capable to take up NDrive and fly to the final:

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1. Computer graphics / Display performance

NDrive

Sygic Drive

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

10 FPS

4 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 pick

in LCD

Yes

No

Configurable map design based on templates

Yes

Yes

Uses real 3D aerial navigation photos

Yes

No

2. Search efficiency

NDrive

Sygic Drive

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, POI near address/near destination

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

9

20

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

12

23

Search for Barcelona, Gran via de los cortes

catalanes / Carrer de bac de roda – No. of clicks needed

15

21

Accepts Initials for search

Yes

No

Recognizes finger movements

Yes

No

Uses POI category and subcategories

Yes

Yes

3. Routing

NDrive

Sygic Drive

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

5

16

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

9

20

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

9

149

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

14

22

Quality of calculation

***

***

Velocity of re-routing*

2

3

Routing options accepted

faster, shorter, pedestrian, tolls

fastest, economic, shortest, pedestrian, bicycle, types of vehicles and tolls

Routing block possibilities

distance, roads, alternative and calculation

distance

Safety camera support

Yes

Yes

Info Lane assistance

No

Yes

Add favourite while routing

Yes

No

Multiple routing

No

Yes, stores current position in the history

Save, import, export routes

No

No

* In a 524mhz processor PDA

4. Favourites

NDrive

Sygic Drive

Number of different categories of favorites accepted

Unlimited

Unlimited

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:

ndrive3D-MAPS

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

Sygic Drive:

Not available.

6. Conclusions:

  • Computer graphics / Display performance

NDrive multi-angle aerial photo is a cool feature that makes navigation in major cities much easier and intuitive and it’s a strong competitive advantage for NDrive. Regarding the navigation animation, Sygic Drive’s navigation frame rate is slower than NDrive’s.

Clean graphics make NDrive and Sygic Drive stand out, while video-like smooth navigation, very intuitive commands and great interactivity, like pan and tilt, even during navigation, are characteristics that give NDrive an edge toward his opponent.

  • Search efficiency

The search engine effectiveness 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. Sygic Drive has some extra POI search options, like POI near a given address and near the destination.

But while the search engines effectiveness is quite similar in all software, their performance and efficiency is quite different. NDrive search results are displayed very fast, since it can search by address initials and display the results simultaneously. The user can save a lot of taps in the touch screen and time entering the address. The results are also ranked by cities with biggest population on the top, making the result coming out even faster for most users.

Sygic Drive search engine is very slow… it’s performance is by far the worst of the test.

  • Routing

The results for both of these calculations were in majority better using NDrive. The re-routing calculations were also faster using NDrive. Sygic Drive time to calculate routes was disappointing, taking almost 2’30’’ to calculate an 1150 km route.

Only Sygic Drive supports Info lane assistance and multiple routing. Moreover,

Sygic Drive has the most complete routing options, while NDrive only has the most common: fastest, shortest, pedestrian and tolls.

  • Favourites

NDrive is the clear winner here aso because it’s capable of storing unlimited number of categories; search them by name, category, distance and it’s also compatible with Google’s .KML file format.

  • Reality view technology

While Sygic Drive isn’t capable to reproduce the real world, NDrive has the capability to change the view from 2D only to 2D with 3D landmarks to Aerial photos with different perspectives.

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3 Responses to GPS Review – SEMIFINAL: NDrive vs Sygic Drive

  1. jan litas says:

    i have a rye 4317 bt bought in greece and now i would like to add a map of north america . I don’t know whow to do this or where to search. can i change to n drive and still keep the map of europe i already have? please advise, thank you.

  2. gpsreviewer says:

    From what I know, NDrive has it’s own maps (http://www.ndriveweb.com/products/product/7/) but doesn’t have the full Europe map. I guess you can get a PND with North America’s map and then try to use Europe’s map as well. But I do not know if it works. I personally think it won’t because usually it’s a compatibility problem and you can’t use other maps then the one’s issued from that company.

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