Why I Ditched Android for the iPhone XS

It was seven years ago when I opened the box to my brand new iPhone 4S. It was a magical moment, full of wonder and awe, at a time when smartphones were really starting to become capable little machines with the capacity to enhance our lives and hold our attention at ransom. This was the first time that I had ever bought a brand-new iPhone, and by any definition you could have called me an Apple fanboy. I was soon obsessed with jailbreaking and tinkering with these devices. It quickly became known around my school that if you needed a phone unlocked or a screen fixed, I was your guy.

However, it didn’t take long for iOS to feel kind of dull, even with all the customizations that jailbreaking brought. Not 6 months after buying that iPhone, I would go on to trade it for a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and enter the world of rooting and loading custom ROMs, only sometimes checking in to see what iOS was up to. I personally was not a fan of the limitations put in place by Apple on a device that I owned; considering myself a “power user” (read: nerd) at the time, I found the limitless potential of Android refreshing.

Now don’t get me wrong; though I’ve had my qualms with Apple for years, I’ve always found their operating systems to be intuitive and honestly designed with the user in mind. Over the years I have watched from the outside as Apple slowly started to figure out what exactly its users wanted. To believe that Apple is still at the forefront of innovation would be disingenuous; instead, they have shifted their strategy to one of patience, taking the time to let others make mistakes first while slowly perfecting the technology and releasing it once mature. Examples of this include Apple Pay, Touch ID, Face ID, wireless charging, dual cameras, and the list goes on. A lot of features were blatantly stolen from Android and the Jailbreak community, none of which I have a problem with, but feel it should be mentioned.

I’ve been an Android user for quite awhile now, but even with all the customization options, I still found myself becoming bored with the platform. I couldn’t help but wonder if I could go back to an iPhone now that the platform has matured. Even with the iPhone XS’ flaws, such as the notch, no fingerprint scanner, and lack of headphone jack, I couldn’t avert my gaze. I decided to take a chance and buy the new iPhone. What started as a mild curiosity has blossomed into full-on infatuation. I love how slick this phone is. Ditching the home button has proven (to me at least) to be the last piece of the puzzle to iOS’s fluidity. Gestures work great, Face ID surprisingly works very well (even in the dark), and my battery life is fantastic. I have very little to complain about with the phone itself. What annoyed me the most is that, this time, the phone didn’t come with a headphone jack to Lightning adapter. For how much this phone costs, there’s no excuse not to include an adapter besides greed.

To be honest, there’s not a whole lot, or anything really that this phone does that any new Android flagship can’t. However, everything it does do, it does extremely well. Every little detail has been thought of and polished. The OLED panel is beautiful, the 120hz Touch Sample Rate is snappy, and the Dolby Atmos speakers are something I didn’t know I needed, but are absolutely incredible, and not just for a smartphone either.

Is the new iPhone worth $999? To me it isn’t, and I actually didn’t pay that much for it. When the phone first launched, Sprint had a killer deal making the iPhone XS free on lease with eligible trade in that I took advantage of.

All in all, the phone is going to cost me less than $500 when I pay it off. If you have an aging iPhone, or if you have an Android and are thinking of switching to the dark side, I’d recommend holding out for a good deal if you can. If the price doesn’t deter you (most phones will require a 30-year mortgage soon anyway), keep the iPhone XS on your radar. If you are looking for something that works well right out of the box and don’t need to be bothered by a bunch of unnecessary options, this could very well be the phone for you.

 

Stand Up and Celebrate in 2018…

A growing number of studies clearly show that sitting for long periods of time negatively impacts human health. To combat this, a variety of companies are offering “standing desks” that costs hundreds, in some cases, thousands of dollars, that enable you to stand at your workstation rather than sitting. What if we told you that you could get all of the benefits of standing, also have the option to sit any time you want – AND – move to any area you wanted?

“How are you going to move anywhere you want, and sit and or stand with one workstation?” you ask. Let us explain.

EPC, Inc. has recently acquired a large number of Multi-function, Variable-height, Mobile Task Carts that offer outstanding options when it comes to being able to stand, sit AND move anywhere you want. Each of the units, in addition to offering a variety of height options, also include a rechargeable mobile battery pack*. This gives you literally free-flowing access to anywhere you want to take it either in home, home office or business across the board.

Still not sold on these hard industrial plastic, multi-function phenomenons?

Let’s talk about price. The original retail price for each of these units in this form (model number, number of drawers, battery size, etc) was $3,000+. EPC, Inc. is ready to get you yours for just $50 and shipping. (NOTE: Laptop, Backpack, Keyboard & Mouse and All Drawer Contents are for Display Purposes Only)

Click Here to See More Photos of the Multi-Function, Adjustable-height Mobile Task Cart from EPC, Inc.!

Be sure to check out our complete gallery of photos now to view more details, features and use the form below to let us know how many you’d like! They’ll go fast but they are another sample of EPC, Inc’s acquisition power and ability to give you deals that just simply cannot be matched anywhere else.

*(units come “as is”, a new battery pack can be purchased to net 6-9 hours of battery power for just $200)

Your Tablet has Wi-Fi Access, but What About this 4G Access Thing?

The ability to access, read and interact with data remotely really is the name of the game when it comes to modern day living. Whether it’s your cell phone, your newly acquired smart speaker or even a new tablet you’ve gotten, getting information now, when you need it, is the way it’s all going.

Tablet technology has exploded in just the last several years and literally puts the power of the internet in your hand – in a larger format – right now. In many cases, that’s allowed tablets to replace both laptop and desktop application for many people.

When you consider acquiring one of EPC, Inc’s “New-In-Box iPad Mini 2s”, something to consider is that in addition to getting a great item at an outstanding price, you’ll also now have access to mobile information access, regardless of your available Wi-Fi connections. Let me explain.

In addition to having access to all of the standard features of an iPad, in a smaller presentation, you’ll also have cellular access ability. This can help you access even more information in a number of ways.

  • 4G Connectivity: This allows you to connect to the Internet via your cell phone provider even when you’re away from work or home when you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network. This is a great solution for those who travel a lot. The additional access typically will add a small cost to your monthly phone plan that ranges currently from $5-15 extra per month.
  • GPS: While cell phone technology and the enhancements to GoogleMaps & other available map applications via cell phone have been enhanced, having a larger  screen and 4G connectivity will not only make it easier to see your location and where you need to go, but also delivers more accuracy.

What you may have also noticed is the added price for the 4G-possible iPad. Several things to consider when deliberating additional cost include:

  • Are you on the road and away from a Wi-Fi Network often? If so, the 4G connectivity is instantly valuable.
  • Only have it mostly at home? Having 4G potential allows you to (depending on your provider) to use it not only at home via Wi-Fi, but also to ask your provide to “turn-on” the 4G access so now you have complete mobile access to information, and then turn if off (along with the additional cost) when you aren’t using it.
  • How are your eyes? The fact is that, for most, your eyesight will worsen over time and looking at data, maps, movies and more is just simply easier on the larger tablet screen.

No matter how, or when you want to access information, our new-in-box iPad Mini 2s are another excellent technology deal that we’re happy to share with you and your business and/or family.

Use the form below to tell us more about your needs and we’ll have a sales representative contact you immediately!

Why Is The “Right To Repair” So Important?

A few months back, many iPhone 6 users were faced with Apple shutting down their iPhones with one of their software updates. Those users had made repairs on their phones, without using an authorized repair shop. Apple’s decision caused a public outcry and eventually, they reverted these changes in their next version of iOS.

This is the same situation that happens whenever an owner of a John Deere tractor attempts to make repairs through someone who is not authorized. After fixes are made, they are still required to have a John Deere representative come out and authorize the repairs, which is another added on expense and time consumer. Many of these farmers are fighting this because it could slow down their work in the field.

If this is not something that Apple is allowed to get away with, why is John Deere getting away with it?

Whether you’re wanting to fix your iPhone or the John Deere tractor in your field, the “right to repair” is a vital factor to support your livelihood.  At least eight states have been considering laws to protect the user’s “right to repair”. This “right to repair” will cause the users to have the chance to get more life out of the device, instead of tempting the user to just toss the device into the trash. Big or small, electronic devices contribute to the 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste that we produce every year, worldwide. When a device is harder to repair, it is more likely to be tossed into a landfill, even if there are laws that attempt to prevent this.

E-waste is extremely dangerous if it ends up in landfills. Batteries can explode and cause fires and many chemicals can get into the ground water surrounding the landfills. Instead of keeping up the habit of running to the store to buy a new device every time something breaks, we should be taking the device to the repair shop to extend the life of the item. While we are fighting for the ability to access the information to fix our devices ourselves, there are still companies like EPC, Inc. that offers service and repairs on many of your electronic devices.

EPC will always attempt to repair first, using our award-winning service department.   But if the machine is truly end of life, EPC’s Electronic Recycling Center, de-manufactures and recycles your e-waste to reduce the amount that ends up in landfills. Most electronics are 100% recyclable and EPC follows the BAN e-Steward guidelines while recycling all raw materials. We also take data security very seriously and any data recycled devices is destroyed according to the NIST 800-88 Guidelines to ensure the privacy of our customers.

Stop in to our St. Charles, MO location today to get your electronic devices repaired by our award-winning service department!

EPC Named 2017 Employer of the Year in the Service Category

St. Charles, MO- EPC, Inc. is proud to announce that we have been recognized as the 2017 Employer of the Year in the Service Category for the city of St. Charles! Dan Fuller, CEO, accepted this award on EPC’s behalf during a luncheon on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, where the Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce presented the five St. Charles City Awards, as well as three Chamber of Commerce Awards. We take great pride in providing the best service to all of our customers and appreciate this great recognition from the city of St. Charles.

EPC, Inc. was founded more than 30 years ago and have prided themselves with supplying our customers with great service from the start. Whether you need assistance with data security, IT asset disposition, or servicing your home computer, our award-winning, experienced technicians are ready to assist you in any way possible.

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Electronics Recycling

What does EPC accept for public recycling drop-off?

One of the most common questions we receive at our retail store is, “What types of equipment can you recycle?” EPC accepts many different types of electronics for recycling at our St. Charles and Wright City facilities, most free of charge. Public recycling drop-off is a service we provide to retail customers and is limited […]

The Laptop Isn’t Going Anywhere…

It weighed 24 pounds. It featured a full-sized keyboard and a massive 5” screen. Retail price? $1,795. While it COULD be carried with the attached handle, and could fit* on your lap, the first “laptop” – The Osbourne 1, was only just a portable computer. It was however the first in the series of systems that we now call – The Laptop.

 

The need for being able to take your skill sets and ability to share information with you has been around since mankind could first scribe on a rock. Laptops continue to impact the social, hobby and work environments no matter what industry, place or living room you travel to. They continue to deliver full-powered, real-life software solutions to thousands of people per hour. They traditionally give you a larger screen than other options currently available, and allow you the instant ability to have a “pop-up office” anywhere you can put it down and open it. It doesn’t even have to BE your lap.

“But what about the Tablet?”

The age of “The Tablet” has more than arrived and – in a generation where much of today’s entertainment, software and data access is “streamed” from “The Cloud” – they are clearly an excellent tool to help provide you with access to data, instantly, anywhere. Will they “kill” the laptop? Will you never need a “regular computer” again because you have a tablet?

Far from it.

While the abilities, accessories and connectivity available today make tablets an excellent enhancement to both home and work productivity, they are not going to topple the world of The Laptop anytime soon. The reasons for this include:

  • A Keyboard: It’s true that voice to text and voice recognition potential has taken great strides, but we are still far from being able to accurately order a cup of “Earl Grey: Hot.” and then scribe a complete formal letter or proposal to one of your most important/vital clients. In most cases, typing is still life.
  • Not Having to Hold On to It: The world of “stands”, mounting armature, and an appropriately-placed backpack allow you to stack a tablet so that you can “watch” the content it’s showing – no one wants to sit and hope a tablet for long periods of time. The ability to place a laptop on a table, desk or your lap, flipping it open and GO – is a tall order to overcome for the tablet.
  • Screen Size: While the size of tablet screens is growing exponentially (iPad Pro, anyone?), one of the most impactful factors when it comes to championing a laptop is it’s screen. When you take our first two factors (keyboard inclusion, instant pop-up ability) and toss on a larger, typically more defined level. Laptops have even included “touchscreen” ability to help solidify their power.

What other factors do YOU think foster along the livelihood of the laptop computer? Tell us in the comments section below and click below to order YOUR business-grade, off-lease laptop from EPC today!

REMEMBER: You can also stop into our 5500sqft Retail Showroom where we can help you get what you need from our always-growing inventory of product!

 

EPC’s Monitor Buyers Guide…

 

NEED: Everyone loves a larger screen, especially when it comes to your computer screen. Whether it’s being connected to a laptop as a second monitor, or a complete replacement for that huge CRT monitor you’ve got, getting into a business-grade 27” LCD monitor with EPC is easy!

Stop into our 5500sqft Retail Showroom where I can help you get what you need from our always-growing inventory of product!

SPACE: So it’s time for a second monitor. Awesome! A quick question though: have you got room for it? While LCDs are thin, and take up much less space than the huge CRT monitors, it probably is larger than your existing monitor. Have you got the physical desk space to accommodate it? Will it fit on the “stand” or desk that you’ve got in place right now? The cost on these special monitors is now, but don’t take on the cost of a larger desk or shelving unit to accommodate it! Measure the area you’re going to be using and we’ll help you find the right larger LCD monitor that’ll literally fit the bill!

MULTIPLE MONITORS: If you haven’t tried a system with multiple monitors (whether it’s with a laptop and an additional LCD as a second screen) or two or MORE monitors to extend your visible desktop are all really great ways to use the quality inexpensive, business-grade LCD monitors we have. Social media experiences, video editing, desktop publishing and watching movies – even surfing the web are a completely different experience with multiple monitors. The reduced cost offers great power when buying LCD monitors from EPC!

RECYCLING: Are you still sitting in front of a large, bulky CRT-tubed computer monitor? Do you have several of them piling up in the basement, garage or closet? Now is the time to upgrade your system and recycle those large DANGEROUS CRTs with EPC – a certified, experienced Electronics Recycler. Contact us today to tell us more about the CRTs/Computers/Electronics you have to discard and learn more about how getting into a new LCD monitor(s) can.

Ready to get a 27″ LCD monitor? How about several?

Tell me how many you’d like below and we’ll get them ready for you!

New Recycling Facility in Wright City

St. Charles, MO- EPC, a national leader in recycling and proper handling and disposal of used IT and electronic equipment, has moved into a larger, state-of-art facility in Wright City, MO. The $5 million dollar facility is 104,000 square feet and replaces the existing 65,000 SF recycling operation in Earth City. EPC anticipates business volume to increase by 20% initially, with additional growth anticipated.

“The leadership in Wright City embraced our vision for the new recycling facility,” said Dan Fuller, President of EPC.  “They listened to our needs, and helped us find the right location that would meet our current requirements and allow for future growth. They were also instrumental in working with our employees to help them relocate into the area.”

EPC’s Wright City recycling facility features a $1.7 million magnetic optical sorter shredding machine which includes smart technology, automating the process of sorting and decommissioning computer equipment and eliminates the human risk associated with decommissioning. The sorter also has the capabilities to learn processes, and improve performance based on logging and avoiding previous mistakes. This capability, and this piece of equipment, positions EPC at the top level of technology recycling facilities in the country.

“Large corporations take the decommissioning of their IT equipment very seriously, and rightfully so,” said Fuller. “It’s our job to help ensure that this process is handled properly. That’s why it was important for us to build one of the most advanced facilities in the United States, with processes, technology and certifications to give our clients, especially data-sensitive organizations, the confidence to know that the job is being done properly.”

The new facility currently employs 70 people, with plans to grow by an additional 20 employees in the next 12 months. Banze Construction was the design-build contractor. The project was self funded through operations and its parent company CSI Leasing.

About EPC

EPC is an approved electronics recycler with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR). EPC is officially certified with the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) and is a Ban Certified e-Steward. EPC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSI Leasing, Inc., which has operations throughout North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. For more about EPC visit www.epcusa.com. Information about CSI is available at www.csileasing.com.

EPC Electronics Recycling Center

100 S. Stringtown Road
Wright City, MO 63390
636-410-0488
FAX: 314-344-0071
Receiving Hours 7am-3pm CT

An ISO 14001-certified facility
An e-Stewards-certified facility
NAID-certified facility

Data Breach

All of us have been into a restaurant in the last 30 days. What would happen if you knew that in addition to taking your order, the data from your ATM/Debit and/or Credit Card were also not only used in your transaction, but TAKEN – stolen in what is sure to become one of the largest data breaches of the year so far? That’ll put a foul taste in your mouth, but also a chill down your spine when you consider how many people it effects.

While this makes the baked potato, chicken sandwich or Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger a bit more on the sour side – what if it were YOUR company that was in the data breach headlines? Have you ever run through the scenario not “if” but “when” it happens in your company.

wendys-image-data-breachResearch shows that – sadly – most companies haven’t and eventually, it will cost you dearly. The blow to your reputation, the cost to ensure that the people and businesses effected are protected, and the publicly-initiated impact are all a blow few companies are prepared to take on and survive. While your company may not be as large, or as public as the one in question here, the always-there question remains:

What if it was YOUR company in the spotlight?

Is YOUR company exposed? What is your company’s “Data Destruction” policy? Do you even have one? It’s time to implement a trusted, NAID-certified ITAD/Data Destruction solution now, and that solution starts with EPC, Inc.With more than 30 years in business, and 9 locations in North America, we stand ready to protect your data, your reputation and your company’s future. http://www.epcusa.com