Can Sygic And Its Offline Maps Replace Google Maps for Pakistanis?
Perhaps the only question that comes to mind is which GPS navigation app to use if you reside in Pakistan. Google Maps is the first option since it comes preinstalled on almost all Android devices and it is free but there are alternatives that provide better offline navigation options.
Sygic is one of the most prominent names in when it comes to GPS navigation apps even before smartphones became so common. The navigation company has over 100 million users and has the facility of offline maps storage. In other words, users don’t need to be connected to the internet for navigation purposes and can have their local maps saved on their mobile device. It uses TomTom’s maps for driving directions and utilises its signature big and bright UI for more visibility.
Sygic’s lifetime license for Pakistan costs 17.99 Euros (Rs. 2100)
Sygic promises more detailed maps for Pakistani users compared to other navigation providers like Google and Garmin. The added benefit of having them with you is that if you are offline, don’t have internet package or if you are out of the coverage area, you still get access to all features.
It costs around 2100 rupees for a lifetime license for Pakistan but in our opinion, it’s well worth it.
Why does Sygic charge for a premium license?
It’s not difficult to understand why Sygic charges for their service while companies like Google, Nokia and Apple provide them for free. Navigation apps are extended services to help their users for the big names but for companies like Garmin and Sygic, it’s their only business and method of earning. These specialist apps work hard on having the most detailed maps so they can compete with the free apps and make buying premium features worth it.
Sygic should get you an offline map for a Pakistani city or town that is far more detailed than what Google, Nokia or Apple can offer right now and you also don’t have to worry about having to use the internet.
Free and Premium Sygic Features:
A list of features that Sygic provides for free and for the Rs 2,100 premium are given below:
To compete with the likes of Google, Sygic now provides free basic features like navigation and offline maps but keeps its best features for Premium users. If someone wants their smartphones to help them with navigation, these Premium features are a must.
Sygic also offers a 7-day Premium trial which can be used to identify if a user even requires those added features or not. If a user does not require the premium features, they can still use the app for navigation purposes.