Sygic v Genius Maps on ICT

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Sygic v Genius Maps on ICT

Post by Mikeyjd » Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:33 pm

I am running a bit of an experiment that others may be interested in.

I have the ICT non Pro, and I'm not overly impressed with the built in Sat Nav. The navigation isn't too bad and the screen looks pretty nice in use. But I don't want to pay every year to upgrade the maps and I really want Speed cameras too. So, I am looking at buying a sat nav app for my iphone and using on the built in infotainment via Jaguar Apps.

There are many apps on the market, some free some pay-for. Most work on the phone only. The only 2 apps that will work are Sygic and Genius maps. Both have a 7 day trial but that didn't really give much time for me to assess them both.

In the end I bit the bullet and paid for both apps. They both have some good points but also both have some downfalls.

Sygic appears to have the best features, but the main downfall is that when using on the infotainment, the sound does not pick up the warning for speed cameras, although it shows up on the screen.

Genius Maps, isn't as nice an interface and it lacks some of the adjustments that Sygic does. However it does give an audible as well as visual warning of speed cameras. The disadvantage is that the voice instructions are very quiet when playing music via the infotainment. So, you have to either have your music on loud or risk missing a warning or whatever.

I will be trying to "tweak" the too apps and try them under different conditions. I will let people know how it goes. If anybody is thinking of buying one of these app and wants to ask me any questions on usage. Please feel free.
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Re: Sygic v Genius Maps on ICT

Post by KevinInSuffolkUK » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:23 pm

Have you considered using something else for the speed cameras?
My dashcam has audible warnings for these and operate completely separate to everything else.

Totally agree with you on the built-in map update extortion BTW.
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Re: Sygic v Genius Maps on ICT

Post by Prof Pat Pending » Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:52 pm

How fixed are you on using the screen :?:

I use Waze (since the Jag system attempted to turn me into oncoming traffic :o)
I find the instructions so clear, that I don’t miss the map, speed cameras are a verbal warning as are everything else, hazards, police, even roadkill has come up.

Here’s the kicker, I used to run it through Spotify so the instructions were very clear, since Spotify disappeared I’ve had to run it through Bluetooth, which is unfortunately a bit pants on sound quality.

I don’t actually bother to plug the phone in anymore, most of the apps are rubbish, some don’t even work in the UK
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Re: Sygic v Genius Maps on ICT

Post by Mikeyjd » Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:58 pm

So, after a few days of testing the 2 apps via the infotainment, these are my conclusions.

Both apps work well as navigation apps, but they both have their let-downs or failures.

Genius maps does give audible and visual warnings of speed cameras on the main screen. However the spoken voice on all instructions is very quiet and is drowned out by the music. Without using ICT Apps, The app works OK via USB and plays through the speakers. But again the sound is very quiet. The controls and menus are not very intuitive and have less options than many other apps.

Sygic will not play sound alerts from speed cameras but will display a visual warning (which isn't really much use as you should looking at the road ahead). I queried this with the software developer and they just replied that the app doesn't use all features via the car infotainment. When I pursued the matter further they didn't respond. Without using ICT Apps, via USB, the audible alert works fine and interrupts any music being played from the phone. The display looks a lot better than Genius Maps and there are more menus. However only one voice is available and that is a very robotic voice.

Finally, when using ICT Apps, the cars infotainment doesn't work, so you cannot listen to the radio music other than music via the phone. For some reason the music comes on automatically and cannot be turned off, so always plays in the background when using either of the Nav Apps. I don't know if that is a "feature" of the Jaguar App or a glitch in my car.
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Re: Sygic v Genius Maps on ICT

Post by Rabbutler » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:36 am

Hi, I used the Sygic free demo for a week and found it was ok but there was a considerable lag in the screen on the infotainment, I was passed a junction when the screen was still displaying me approaching it, so stopped using it.
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