Jaxx Wallet Review – An All Around Bitcoin Wallet

Jaxx Wallet Review – An All Around Bitcoin Wallet

IMPORTNAT: on June 10th two thousand seventeen a security bug was reported regarding Jaxx. The Jaxx time was notified about this however haven’t implemented a fix yet. I suggest avoiding Jaxx until this is dealt with.

I recently reviewed the best Ethereum wallets around and came accross Jaxx – an independent Bitcoin wallet that’s available for most devices (Windows, Apple and Linux desktop, Android and iOS mobile and tablet, and Google Chrome and Firefox extensions.)

Today I would like to take a deeper look at Jaxx and see how it compares to other successful desktop wallets. For this review I downloaded the Mac OS desktop version and the iOS version.

Spoiler alert – I was pretty struck.

The design is excellent, the user interface is amazing

Table of Contents

The very first thing I’ve noticed about Jaxx is the design. The wallet uses beautiful, minimalist black screens that bring plainness to the user. However that’s not what got me sold on the wallet. What was truly amazing in my opinion was the plain interface.

Even if you’re a accomplish beginner you’ll very likely manage to use Jaxx without a lot of trouble. The setup is pretty elementary and the ongoing use is limited to the basics such as “send” / “receive” and switching the currency type.

With Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies being such a technical subject we indeed need this type of products that don’t scare the user away.

However, the fact that the interface is minimal doesn’t mean that Jaxx doesn’t supply the user with advanced features. Once you click the “menu” button (top right) you get all sort of advanced features including:

  • Adding / removing different currency support
  • Using different exchange rates
  • Setting up transaction fee size for swifter / slower confirmations (see pic below)
  • Displaying the private key of the wallet
  • Wallet backup
  • Importing funds from a paper wallet
  • Setting a security PIN

These options very likely cover most, if not all, of the features I usually look for in a wallet. Also, each feature comes with a puny implement peak that explains more about it so you don’t have to go searching the web for explanations.

Altcoin support available for most major coins

Jaxx is not just a Bitcoin wallet, it also support a lot of other major altcoins including: Ethereum (ETH and ETC), Dash, Augur (REP), Litecoin (LTC), Zcash (ZEC) and RSK.

Adding or removing a currency takes only two clicks – Go to “menu” -> “Wallets” and choose which currencies you’d like to have on your Jaxx wallet.

ShapeShift integration is a game changer

One of the more significant features Jaxx has that’s not available in other wallets is a built in integration with ShapeShift. ShapeShift is an exchange service for converting inbetween blockchain tokens and coins. ShapeShift has been integrated directly into Jaxx to permit for in-app conversion inbetween all currencies Jaxx supports. Here’s a one minute explanation about how ShapeShift works:

This means you can exchange Bitcoin for ETH, for example, from within the app. In order to do so just click the fox icon within the app (see below) and determine what and how much you want to exchange.

Some extra thoughts about Jaxx

One of the downsides of Jaxx is that it’s not open source. However, the developers made the source code loosely available for anyone who’s looking to review it on the wallet’s homepage. Support for the wallet is done via a ticketing system and there is a sturdy FAQ page in order to solve issues on your own.

I’ve also attempted to look for reviews online regarding Jaxx. I did found several people who had issues with the wallet in the past. However I couldn’t find anything negative from the last three months. I also found some pretty positive reviews about the wallet so I guess it’s a private matter.

Should you use Jaxx?

I’ve previously reviewed Exodus, a fine desktop wallet in my opinion, and I have to say I think Exodus has found its match. Jaxx is an amazing lump of software, and unlike Exodus it’s available across the board for mobile and desktop alike.

Jaxx Wallet Review – An All Around Bitcoin Wallet

Jaxx Wallet Review – An All Around Bitcoin Wallet

IMPORTNAT: on June 10th two thousand seventeen a security bug was reported regarding Jaxx. The Jaxx time was notified about this however haven’t implemented a fix yet. I suggest avoiding Jaxx until this is dealt with.

I recently reviewed the best Ethereum wallets around and came accross Jaxx – an independent Bitcoin wallet that’s available for most devices (Windows, Apple and Linux desktop, Android and iOS mobile and tablet, and Google Chrome and Firefox extensions.)

Today I would like to take a deeper look at Jaxx and see how it compares to other successful desktop wallets. For this review I downloaded the Mac OS desktop version and the iOS version.

Spoiler alert – I was pretty amazed.

The design is good, the user interface is amazing

Table of Contents

The very first thing I’ve noticed about Jaxx is the design. The wallet uses beautiful, minimalist black screens that bring plainness to the user. However that’s not what got me sold on the wallet. What was truly amazing in my opinion was the elementary interface.

Even if you’re a accomplish new-comer you’ll most likely manage to use Jaxx without a lot of trouble. The setup is pretty plain and the ongoing use is limited to the basics such as “send” / “receive” and switching the currency type.

With Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies being such a technical subject we indeed need this type of products that don’t scare the user away.

However, the fact that the interface is minimal doesn’t mean that Jaxx doesn’t supply the user with advanced features. Once you click the “menu” button (top right) you get all sort of advanced features including:

  • Adding / removing different currency support
  • Using different exchange rates
  • Setting up transaction fee size for quicker / slower confirmations (see picture below)
  • Displaying the private key of the wallet
  • Wallet backup
  • Importing funds from a paper wallet
  • Setting a security PIN

These options very likely cover most, if not all, of the features I usually look for in a wallet. Also, each feature comes with a puny instrument peak that explains more about it so you don’t have to go searching the web for explanations.

Altcoin support available for most major coins

Jaxx is not just a Bitcoin wallet, it also support a lot of other major altcoins including: Ethereum (ETH and ETC), Dash, Augur (REP), Litecoin (LTC), Zcash (ZEC) and RSK.

Adding or removing a currency takes only two clicks – Go to “menu” -> “Wallets” and choose which currencies you’d like to have on your Jaxx wallet.

ShapeShift integration is a game changer

One of the more significant features Jaxx has that’s not available in other wallets is a built in integration with ShapeShift. ShapeShift is an exchange service for converting inbetween blockchain tokens and coins. ShapeShift has been integrated directly into Jaxx to permit for in-app conversion inbetween all currencies Jaxx supports. Here’s a one minute explanation about how ShapeShift works:

This means you can exchange Bitcoin for ETH, for example, from within the app. In order to do so just click the fox icon within the app (see below) and determine what and how much you want to exchange.

Some extra thoughts about Jaxx

One of the downsides of Jaxx is that it’s not open source. However, the developers made the source code loosely available for anyone who’s looking to review it on the wallet’s homepage. Support for the wallet is done via a ticketing system and there is a sturdy FAQ page in order to solve issues on your own.

I’ve also attempted to look for reviews online regarding Jaxx. I did found several people who had issues with the wallet in the past. However I couldn’t find anything negative from the last three months. I also found some pretty positive reviews about the wallet so I guess it’s a private matter.

Should you use Jaxx?

I’ve previously reviewed Exodus, a fine desktop wallet in my opinion, and I have to say I think Exodus has found its match. Jaxx is an amazing lump of software, and unlike Exodus it’s available across the board for mobile and desktop alike.

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