Comparison: navis against apps

Comparison: navis against apps

Classic navigation gates that come to the windshield by suction cups did not just have it easy in recent years. Her blood time had her as smartphones were not so popular as they are today. Because competition you get not only from the much more expensive navigation systems ex works, but especially of free apps like Google Maps, Waze or Here. The Stiftung Warentest has compared such apps with suction cup Navis and has come to the conclusion that for some users the external devices are still worthwhile.

Rough price differences

In the test were three devices of Garmin, four of TomTom and seven apps. The latter were tested under Android and IOS. The price range was at the apps between free, 20 Euro annual result and unique 60 euros. The investigated devices were between 159 and 380 euros, which is still very reasonably priced compared to the permanently installed factory instances. Especially since the strain prices are clearly below.

For a purposeful and fast arrival is important, as currently the cards are and how sent real-time traffic data are involved. Just a few years ago, some manufacturers have earned good money with card updates, so today the most automakers will allow themselves after a certain period of time after essentially. But then they have been able to correctly – 200 euros for an update are not uncommon. The same applies to online traffic data.

Only TMC

The tested apps and devices are supplied free of charge with current maps and real-time traffic data. The only exception in the test is the "TomTom Start 62 (from 99 €)", which receives data via traffic via TMC. For after all, 179 euros, which costs this device, that is simply no longer time. Because, too, this is a result of the test of the foundation Warentest, with the redirection recommendations you are always early at the destination. For some cases, the smartphone must be connected to the Navi for a reception of the latest messages, others have a SIM card firmly installed.

The test win was the 380 Euro expensive TomTom Go 6200. Even with the apps, TomTom is on the front, with the pure rating of the route management, Google Maps cuts off best. As a matter of principle, the test results in some candidates are so close together that one should already worry about the costs of how often one needs a navigation system in everyday life. Even the free apps drove impressively well and quickly to the goal.

The consumer has decided

The apps calculated in the test the route a bit faster, for that you have to live under circumstances with a smaller display. The suction cup Navi scores with coarse screen and, in some cases, with traffic information from the network, which does not burden its own data volume. Which is the better way? The market seems to have decided: Stand-Alone-Navis hardly buys someone who is once rich selection is shrunk in a few manufacturers.

Many people use apps, the author occasionally google maps, but mostly here. There you can download the cards in advance and only relate the traffic data online. This is slightly more sensitive and less elegant in everyday life than a system ex works. But for my four-year-old car, a card update costs more than 150 euros, and online traffic data does not exist. The first owner accepted more than 1000 Euro surcharge. In comparison, even the expensive test winner appears like a snap. Against free offers such as Waze or Here, the tools look awful despite some weak of the apps in every way terribly bad.

The complete test of the Stiftung Warentest can be found in the magazine "Test" ie 2/2019 or as paid download under

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