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Sygic...a premium GPS navigation app..Is it worth the price?
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Sygic…a premium GPS navigation app..Is it worth the price?

As soon as I installed Sygic on my HTC Sensation it was clear the product lives up to Sygic’s claim to be a premium navigation system. From the TomTom maps to the well laid out setup pages this app oozes quality..as well it must in this highly competitive market where it faces Google Navigation to mention only one free competitor.

Let’s start with the setup..lots of choices ranging from 3D maps to whether you want to automatically avoid traffic incidents. Sygic has one of the best destination selectors I have seen..Quick search produces Point of Interest (POI) or street information in a flash. The street result shows you the possible address range as well as cross streets. I really like that it integrates with my address book and allows me to choose walking or driving directions to my contacts. And, in all of these cases the display is simple, sharp and clean.

The proof of the pudding for a navigation app is how well it does on the road. Sygic for the most part delivers in spades. In this video I am entering the service road of a major highway. This is one of those places where advance speed limit warning can save you aggravation…and money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34smINcNQ0U&list=UUM0TVM0twVW3iFbcSFreG5A&index=2&feature=plcp

You may have noticed the only niggle I have with Sygic’s routing..for some reason on short trips it kept me on the service road instead of putting me on the highway even though taking the highway..even for only one exit was the quickest route….Worse, it didn’t notice that I had entered the highway so this reflected in the verbal directions…this could be confusing in unfamiliar territory..however in strange territory you are more lkely to follow directions to stay on the service road so the issue might not crop up. Other than that potentially serious problem Sygic worked well and I really like the Dynamic Lane Guidance that you will see in action in this next video. As well pay attention to the voice instructions..they are the best and most natural I have heard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I0Y3esplGQ&list=UUM0TVM0twVW3iFbcSFreG5A&index=1&feature=plcp

This is a good looking well executed app with loads of features. I found it to be easier on my phone battery than other GPS  turn by turn apps I have tried so overall I think is worth the $39.99 for full North America..$19.99 for only Canada or  US maps. I do think Sygic should address the service road issue I mentioned above.

Sygic is available at Google Play..a free 7 day free trial is available..and at the Google App Store

 

 

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

1 Comment
  • Ed L

    I have had a similar issue with my $250 Garmin, where it “sees” me on a parallel road and not on the actual road I’m on. This happens occasionally when I’m on an over or under pass, and results in a ‘recalculating’ comment from “Jack” our GPS voice.

    This app seems to do as well as my Garmin when it comes to giving directions.

    “Jack” has been getting better with the French names with every update…not sure how Sygic does!?

    March 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm Reply

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