Jaxx Wallet Review: The Standard for Android Ethereum Wallets
Jaxx Bitcoin Wallet Review
The Jaxx wallet is quickly becoming the standard for Ethereum/Bitcoin Wallets
With the explosion of interest in Ethereum, it was only nature for us to purchase some, but where to store them? We quickly found many recommending the Jaxx wallet by KryptoKit. I quickly downloaded it, used shapeshift.io to exchange Bitcoin for Ether, sending it to my new wallet for testing.
Jaxx promises to integrate its wallet with all platforms, from android to Windows, and everything in between, including Blackberry(?!)
Is Jaxx great or what?
As one of the few Ether Wallets on the market, there isn’t much competition. Jaxx has even added smart contract features through the send ability, although I won’t be using it for the time being. Since Jaxx is a beta application, it’s recommended not to store more than one can afford to loose. Jaxx seems to be designed for beginners and experts alike. With it’s intuitive swipe interface, it’s easy to switch between wallets. Right now it’s bare-bones, coming with all the Bitcoin wallet features, and Ether integration! Jaxx has a strong community and features will be added quite quickly. They even teased shapeshift.io integration, just like Coinomi. Coinomi is also promising to add Ethereum wallet integration soon as well.
— Jaxx by Kryptokit (@jaxx_io) March 19, 2016
Jaxx is one of the few Ethereum wallet apps on the market. It’s free, open-source, and delightfully simple to use. The most recent release is beta 0.16 available on Android, although the site states it’s available on iOS, Mike hasn’t found it on the app store. Supposedly, Apple has been blacklisting bitcoin wallets, yes it’s an old article.
This brilliantly simple interface consists of two screens, which can be switched by swiping back and forth. This switches the user between their Bitcoin and Ethereum wallet, making it simple to send/receive from either cryptocurrency in one convenient app!
Jaxx Ethereum/Bitcoin Wallet Features
Backup is simple, quick, and relatively easily. Just like other HD wallets, all that’s required is to write the master mnemonic onto a piece of paper. This allows the wallet to be recovered if the phone is lost/destroyed. Simply enter the mnemonic on the new device to restore the private keys.
- Device Pairing
Device pairing is simple for those who want to use two devices with the same wallet. Simply go to tools and use the device pairing to display the pairing code and enter into the secondary device. This is good for backup phones, so there’s no lapse in ability to use the wallet.
- Paper Fund Import
Jaxx allows paper wallet/private key import to transfer funds to Jaxx wallet. It accepts encrypted keys such as BIP38 for Bitcoin, and AES for Ethereum. Storing private keys from paper wallets is a breeze, simply scan and save. This makes it simple to move funds from a cold wallet to a hot one, like Jaxx. This makes it easy to save funds offline, while taking the ones needed to be spend easily accessible.
The Future of Jaxx
At the time of writing Kryptokit has promised Apple iOS, Windows desktop, Apple desktop, BlackBerry mobile and Linux apps/programs. This is part of their plan to integrate their wallets and make them run cohesively between platforms. Jaxx looks promising so far.