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Waze vs. Google Maps?

Let the sun shine, the beach vibes flow and the summer vacations begin! Of course, before you venture too far, you may want to consider which navigation app to use to keep you on track, on time and out of traffic jams.

street sign with the names lost and very lost pointing in different directions
Choosing the right navigation app

There are several navigation apps out there, but two of the popular solutions are Waze and Google Maps. Both are owned by Google, but they have different features and advantages. So, which one should you download? Well, that depends on what you're looking for.

Waze is a community-based app that relies on user input to provide real-time traffic and road information. You can report accidents, hazards, police, speed traps, and view what other drivers are saying along your route. Waze also tries to find you the fastest way to your destination, even if it means taking you through some unconventional paths, perhaps the path less traveled.

Google Maps is a data-based app that uses Google's vast database of maps, satellite imagery, and Street View to provide accurate and comprehensive directions. You can choose from different modes of transportation, such as driving, walking, biking, or public transit, and obtain information like distance, time, traffic, and tolls. Google Maps also lets you explore places nearby, see reviews and ratings, and download maps for offline use.

Waze vs. Google Maps - which one is better? Well, there's no definitive answer to that question. It depends on your personal preference and situation. Here are some pros and cons for each app that might help you decide:

Waze Pros:

  • View real-time updates from other drivers about road conditions

  • Avoid traffic jams and save time by taking alternative routes

  • Customize your voice guidance and app appearance

  • Join groups and chat with other Wazers

Waze Cons:

  • The app can drain your battery and data quickly

  • Pop-ups and ads and distracting

  • Directions sometimes take you through risky or illegal routes

  • The app doesn't work well in rural areas or offline

Google Maps Pros:

  • Reliable and accurate directions based on Google's data

  • Ability to choose from different modes of transportation and see relevant information

  • You can explore places nearby and see reviews and ratings

  • Downloadable maps are available for offline use

Google Maps Cons:

  • The app can be slow to update traffic and road information

  • Sometimes the app misses shortcuts or detours

  • Google Maps doesn't have a social aspect or community feedback

Unfortunately, neither app has the capability to answer the age old question, “are we there yet?” So roll the dice, download your app, and start packing! Happy travels!


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