You know us for your Apple Device repairs, from iPhone to Macs, we’re here to help with all your technology woes. However there is far more to us that these repairs and we’re here to look at what else we offer within our group of companies.
Over the next few weeks, we will look at the other sectors and divisions forming parts of HAD-GROUP, and we’re first looking at our Photocopier and Printer sales division. HAD-COPY offers businesses unique, modern and advanced solutions to their day-to-day office-based printing requirements. – If you’ve get stressed out by your printer at your office or your business, HAD-COPY can help!
Here at HAD-COPY, we aim to build great relationships with every customer we work with by listening to your needs and wants to provide quality products, solutions, print audits, and much more.
With decades of experience and having created a reputation for delivering superior products at competitive prices without compromising our services, it proves that HAD-COPY can be the right company for you.
The team at HAD-COPY are skilled, experienced practitioners of workplace technology integration. Utilising office multi-function device, inbound mail can be scanned and digitally delivered. Remote users can all print to the same device, allowing for business efficiencies through more innovative cost control.
Yorkshire’s Konica Minolta Specialist
We are proud to say we are one of Konica Minolta’s premium partners and an independent supplier of their photocopiers and printers. This leading, well-established brand of over 150 years manufactures machines that can help you transform your working environment into a digitally connected workspace and help optimise how businesses work. These machines offer fast printing, high-quality copying, scanning to PDF, the latest tech features, and cloud printing. All these elements are great features to enable your business to grow.
As an independent supplier of photocopiers & printers, we partner with best-of-breed manufacturers to provide an exceptional product portfolio. Coupled with ancillary products and software solutions to optimise your workplace. Our product pages detail the full range of devices available.
We know any investment is a significant step for any business. So, validating the how and the wherefores is essential to ensure you are doing the right thing. We offer a no-obligation print/device audit to establish your current usage and performance of your existing equipment. We can illustrate how your proposal can work to maximise your workplace environment. This will demonstrate the efficiencies of renewing and upgrading your equipment.
Does your dog pull on a lead or dart off when they see another animal?
Well in this poor man’s case, his dog did, and unluckily for him, he had his phone in his hand which didn’t end up having the best outcome. Even with a screen protector and a sturdy phone case on it still wasnt enough to protect his iPhone SE (2nd generation) from the dreaded smashed screen. Although the damage could have been a lot worse, the spider web-like cracks meant he needed a new screen right away.
He called into our Selby store this morning, explained the situation, and left his phone with us there and then for a same-day fix. (Repairs are usually completed the same day, many in 2-3 hours. However, some can take a little longer unfortunately.) A few hours later he popped back in and collected his, what looked like a brand new iPhone, thanks to the team here at HAD-TECH. Even if you believe it to be unfixable just take the time to call in and see if it’s worth getting your device fixed by the best in the business!
An interesting Question. It’s one I’ve been asked several times over the years and until very recently my answer has always been “Why would you want to?”. Trends have changed over the last few years, however, Apple Devices are seen as the most common status of wealth having 45% of the UK Market in the Mobile Device Sector.
So why would you want to move away from Apple Devices? Possibly since Apple seems to be losing its technological edge. Back in April (2018) I decided to look for an alternative to my iPhone 7 Plus (the device I rely on for Business every day) and looked at what else (None-Apple) was available. I’ll start with the reasons why I came to take on the challenge.
I took the challenge to see if you can throw to one side the Apple iPhone and move to another manufacturer for your Day-to-Day mobile needs.
iOS 11.3 was to many people just another update to iOS 11. However, flashback to nearly 3 years ago when Apple without warning, implemented features within the OS to disable perfectly functional iPhones and without good reason. – Admittedly they claimed/claim otherwise.
iOS 11.3 released on 29th March 2018, again brought Apple to the limelight of Online Communities when users hit the Forums and Chatrooms to vent their frustrations, namely, that since this Update their iPhones 8/8 Plus screens were unresponsive to touch. These users had screens repaired either by themselves or by Third-Party Repairers who use Third Party Manufactured Screens. This, however, wasn’t just limited to Third Party Manufactured screens, elements of functionality had also been affected with original screens exchanged between identical new iPhone 8 devices “Refurbished or not” if these screens weren’t part of the phone originally. Similarly, 3 years ago Apple hit the mainstream media with the famous “Error 53”. This related to the iPhone 6/6 Plus with users who had exchanged the Home Buttons seeing their Devices fail to update and losing any data on the Device. I’m not here to moan about Apple, there is plenty of sites online that will happily spend all day doing that.
The Huawei P20 Pro, a fine contender for the battle of the high-end phone market. Huawei, unknown to the masses in the UK for a number of years have been the backbone of the most impressive technological breakthroughs throughout the last Decade. Firstly, anyone, that has ever used a 3G/4G dongle, (if you still have it to hand, take a look at the label) you’ll most likely find it has been made by Huawei and rebranded by your network operator. Likewise, Huawei has been a name across Eastern Europe for a number of years where Apple has taken less of the market share.
Huawei P20 Pro – Hardware
On paper the new Huawei P20 Pro is impressive. In practice, It’s unbelievable. The screen – Good, The Power – Good, The Battery charge time – Good, Face Recognition – Good, The Camera – Unbelievable. Its low light performance is stunning with good clarity, sharpness and colour. I can’t help but think Apple is lagging behind the competition. Huawei’s Facial Recognition seems to be quicker and faster than the iPhone X and the only downside I can see on the Hardware front is the lack of inbuilt wireless charging. The USB-C connection for Charging and Transferring data is becoming industry standard, however, I would say. Stock up on USB-C cables.
Huawei P20 Pro – Software
The Huawei P20 Pro runs their own flavour of Android personally, one of my favourites. EMUI seems very fluid far more advanced than Samsung’s “Samsung Experience”.
Out of the box, the Huawei setup process is not too dissimilar to the iPhone. Language > Country > Wifi etc. EMUI being Android-based offers Google Cloud Services. I opted to bypass this though I do have a google account, the purpose was to see how the Huawei P20 Pro integrates with other Apple Products. Hence, I’m looking towards iCloud for Contacts, Calendars & Note for synchronisation across my devices. – Yes, I could use Google’s Cloud Services across my devices, however, I’m already well invested in iCloud.
I was looking to integrate the Device into my day to day business work, alongside my Mac and iPad. Syncing content across all platforms.
Once the setup process has been completed it’s straight to the Play Store to download all the required apps. Even though flavours are individual manufactures tweaks, the Android base is still the same and the Play Store works across all flavours. Any apps I previously purchased on the Samsung are available to re-download. It’s worth, however, noting moving from Apple to an Android-based device may become costly. Similarly moving from a Windows-based PC to an Apple Mac or vice versa any purchased app would thus need re-purchasing from the play store.
The first and most important apps come from dmfs GmbH: SmoothSync apps. SmoothSync Contacts and SmoothSync Calendar offer the ability to sync your iCloud Contacts and Calendar with your Android Device. Once Purchased (these apps cost £2.99 and £2.19 respectively) it’s a simple process to get up and running, sign in with your iCloud account and away you go. It is worth noting these apps do require Two-Factor authentication to be switched off.
Communication: Simply how do we all communicate these days? iMessage was launched back in 2011 and since then iPhone users have enjoyed its ease of use. Once you remove yourself from the loop however, how does everyone else take it? not very well. Both Colleagues and (more importantly) Customers commented about the fact I was no longer in communication on the messaging service. I distributed again my icloud email address which still functioned on the Mac and the iPad with imessages and looked for a solution. After a quick Google search wemessage, seemed the answer. Wemessage, offers an imessage style app on your Android device. Unfortunately, a brilliant Service with a few downsides. Firstly, there is still no ability to assign a mobile number to the service, you’re still stuck using your icloud email address. Secondly there is an app which requires installing on a Mac also requiring command line setup. Thirdly your Mac has to be running 24/7 to push messages to your Mobile Device. This posed no issues to myself the WeServer app was installed on one of our Apple Servers and once complete the setup process was completed within 15 minutes. Users unfamiliar with Terminal and the command line may find this daunting.
The Huawei P20 Pro was integrated into my working life. A colleague joined me in the process a number of weeks ago and they love their device. Not constrained to iCloud service and this being their personal phone, it gave them the ability to move forward without the above setup requirements.
I’m not going pretend all is happy sailing. Continuity is a big feature of Apple’s integrated iOS. Not being able to AirDrop files from your phone to your iPad or Mac is a little frustrating and as some of your eagle-eyed readers will have noted (no pun intended), I was unable to find an app to synchronise notes.
Verdict…. So, it got to July (2018) and I’d been using the Device for 3 months. I targeted myself 6 months for this test, so where am I now? Well… I’ll be honest. I’m back with the iPhone. The Huawei P20 Pro is a fantastic phone, its integration into an Apple family though is just not there. Disappointed? me too.
Firstly, messages. Yes, wemessage is a free app developed by an individual. It has the potential to go far, however, it’s just not there yet. Its buggy and unpredictable and I’ve been at times unable to send important messages and also not received messages from contacts which have arrived on the Mac and iPad found hours if not days later. I’m hoping that the build continues on and in the near future it’s something I can look at again. Many of you will be screaming at the screen now saying use another platform, Whatsapp, Messenger, Text Messages etc. However, if the other party doesn’t use these Services it’s hard to ask them to install these just because you’ve decided to change your phone. Very much like roaming charges, you pay the bill for someone calling you because you’re the one enjoying your time on holiday.
Secondly, software. Android still isn’t as refined as iOS. Little bugs and elements just don’t hold up against iOS no matter how polished EMUI is. I also carry an iPhone as my personal phone and I found myself constantly using this when required to check anything quickly and in all honesty as a general preference.
To conclude: The question “can you move away from the iPhone?” The answer, in short, is yes, but it’s not easy.