Let's see... Physical World. Positives: Minimum Clutter, great geographic/topographic detail & the colors aren't stuffy or boring! All-of-what-you-need none of what you don't. Negatives: It, by definition, is not a political map! (Don't buy it if that's what you want). It has decent detail (capital cities/major features) but no where near the city detail the National Geographic World will have. Also, it being a physical map, won't color code countries so it's tough to differentiate between the continental European Countries. If you're looking for something that shows our planet as it is and you're not a political science major, this is the map for you!