February 8, 2010
April 22, 2009
February 8, 2010
January 26, 2013
I've tried the HTC 8X and the 8S with Petro-Canada Mobility. I settled on the HTC 8S because I found the 8X a bit big for my taste, but the specifications are definitely superior on the 8X.
I have used an iPhone and an Android phone on Petro. The Windows Phone 8 has been the easiest to setup and use. I have found that with the exception of a few stations on TuneIn Radio and one or two other apps, everything works. Even tethering works (to some extent) — although, I don't use it because I don't want to lose my grandfathered unlimited plan.
The built-in People app (basically Contacts), which integrates facebook, gmail, twitter, hotmail is a cool feature on this phone…pretty much what android Gingerbread does, but includes photos from Facebook and all recent communications with the individual under their contact information. One thing that doesn't seem to work, which might be a problem for some, is the integrated chat function that connects to Facebook chat. Facebook chat may still work with the Facebook app, but don't really know because I don't use the function, so I haven't checked. The reason I know it doesn't work is because there is a error message in the messaging app saying that login failed. Works on wifi though.
Warning about the HTC 8S: it only has 4GB of storage and the OS uses between 2.5 and 3.25 GB, not leaving a lot of space of apps. I regularly run out of space. Apps cannot be saved to the Micro SD card, which may make sense from a stability issue, but sucks for me!
One of the big criticisms of Windows 8 is the lack of apps. I have to agree that this is a frustration at times. there are lots of cheesy apps, but basic apps like banking apps and Google apps aren't there. Also, the built in Bing search and mapping apps can't compare to Google. Thankfully Nokia has offered their Nokia Drive navigation app available to all phone users, not just Nokia users. This, at least, solves the mapping problem, but Bing search sucks in comparison to Google in my opinion. The built-in search button only gives you the choice of Bing or Yahoo.
Apps that I know work – Tune In – most stations but not all. Contacts, maps, Nokia Drive, Twitter, Flixster, Facebook (just tested it), GasBuddy, Netflix, SkyDrive, Slacker Radio, TED (very basic app), Timmy Tracker, VEVO, YouTube.
That's all I can think of for now. Overall, I'd say that Windows Phone is the best experience I've had with Petro. I'd like to hear what others who have tried the service on a Windows Phone 8 have to say.
All the best.