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Image Gallery: TeleNav Shotgun personal navigation device

TeleNav has been developing and supporting mobile GPS navigation software and services for a few years and just launched their first dedicated GPS device. The TeleNav Shotgun is a two-way communication device so that you receive live traffic updates and capability to search the internet for destinations. The touch screen Shotgun is a very capable navigation device and is a compelling piece of hardware in this category.
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By Matthew Miller, Contributor on
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TeleNav has been developing and supporting mobile GPS navigation software and services for a few years and just launched their first dedicated GPS device. The TeleNav Shotgun is a two-way communication device so that you receive live traffic updates and capability to search the internet for destinations. The touch screen Shotgun is a very capable navigation device and is a compelling piece of hardware in this category.

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The included poster gives you directions for securely attaching the Shotgun to your car.

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The Shotgun is fairly compact and looks similar to other units you have seen in the store.

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You will find a vehicle windshield mount, car charge, home charger, and USB cable in the box.

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TeleNav uses one of the simplest solutions I have seen for adjusting the window mount. The small ball and socket are tightened down by the screw after you find the right location for mounting.

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The lever helps the suction cup to securely attach to your window.

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As you can see here the Shotgun is quite a bit smaller than the Dash Express.

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Another view showing the size comparison

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The Shotgun rests under the Dash Express and is a very portable solution.

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Here you can see the thickest part of the Dash Express on the thin Shotgun.

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The miniUSB part (used for charging) is found on the left side next to the 3.5mm headset jack.

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The SIM card slot and microSD card slot are found under covers on the right side of the Shotgun.

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A flush mounted power button is found along the right top of the Shotgun.

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There is a mono speaker on the back of the device.

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With the back mono speaker, I had the volume set to maximum to try to hear the directions in a moving car. Front mounted or side mounted speakers may have made for a louder experience.

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There are several settings you can use to customize the software to your liking.

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Do you want a pop-up appearing on the screen if there is a traffic incident?

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You can have the device automatically adjust the background colors on the map depending on the time of day or you can select your desired function manually.

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I expected to see an auto adjustment for brightness, but it doesn't appear that there is a light indicator on the Shotgun.

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You can change the units if you like, but keep in mind there are currently only maps for the U.S.

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TeleNav gives you several routing options for creating your trips.

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Do you want a top view or a driver perspective view while navigating? I like the 3D maps best myself.

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The Extras display gives you several more options for managing your device.

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You can communicate back to the TeleNav servers since the device has two-way communications capabilities.

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There are several options available to setup your next trip.

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A large pop-up keyboard appears when you are asked to provide information for your trip.

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There are over 11 million POIs loaded on the Shotgun.

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You are given different options for searching as you try to find your destination.

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The other categories option includes these different categories.

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The gas search option is very handy for finding local stations.

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Search for that airport while traveling.

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You can use the Shotgun to view a virtual compass as well.

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The Windows Mobile TeleNav software is very similar to that found on the Shotgun. The software on the top device (an HTC Advantage) has a few less options and features than the TeleNav Shotgun.

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The City option is missing from Windows Mobile.

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The Advantage is even larger than the compact TeleNav Shotgun.

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You can manage your navigation options with these utilities.

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Here is an overhead view of a route.

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You can view your directions in a list.

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The Shotgun is pretty quick at routing you to your destination.

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Here you can see what the night time 3D map looks like.

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The box on the bottom left scrolls through ETA and distance remaining as you drive. It also gives you your compass direction and satellite status.

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