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Friday, June 10, 2011

HTC GPS Review – 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.

2 comments:

  1. is there any free register for ndrive 11

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  2. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)

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