Stress Test 2018: Android Wallet Results
Did your wallet exhibit issues during the stresstest? Did you feel like you could no longer trust it? Are you now looking for an alternative? or maybe you like your wallet still, but are curious how well the competition fared?
I took the time to stress test the wallet ecosystem, and here's how I did it:
Before the stresstest, I went to https://www.bitcoincash.org/#wallets and downloaded every single android wallet available to my phone, as well as a few more based on recommendation I got on twitter and memo.cash. I then tried to fund them with bitcoin cash and for those where I could I then did a reference transaction and then left a small amount of value on the wallet so I could perform a final transaction during the stress test. During the stresstest, I then opened the wallets and sent a final transaction.
Let's start off with some honorably mentions of wallets that I did not test, because despite listed as supporting Bitcoin Cash, I just didn't find any such support:
Going further, there was a number of wallets that did not support CashAddr, and I had no interest in wallets that after this long time still did not support the new address format:
- Yenom | According to comments it does support CashAddr, but I couldn't get it working
There was also a special case of wallets that even though they claim support, I just wasn't able to test it due to the unstable and broken nature of the application itself:
So with 7 of the listed wallets and one of the recommended ones already ruled out we might ask ourselves what expectations we should have and how mature the wallet landscape really is.
Note: the Coinomi wallet was not among the tested due to human error. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope you still appreciate the hard work and effort that went into participating in the stress test (https://www.yours.org/content/a-timelapse-and-lessons-learned-from-the-stresstest-836ced3abad6) and still finding time to complete this wallet test.
Note 2: A kind user commented on the article with transaction links for Coinomi transactions. You can read the comments below, and the data has also been amended to the article.
Note 3: Thanks to those that has already paid for this content, I have earned more than I had expected and I would rather more people learned and got engaged, than I would want to withhold the information. The full article is now available to everyone, but if you can I would still appreciate that you spend the $1 and review the article.
My expectations was not very high after having ruled out so many and experienced such extreme variety in user interfaces and so many poorly designed and difficult to use wallets.Despite this, the end result was remarkedly positive, most wallets tested had reasonable fees and not even a single wallet experience fee escalation, and all wallets that managed to send a transaction propagated across the network and made it into either the next, or in the block thereafter. There was some discrepencies between which block explorers noticed the transactions before being mined, but this is more likely to be an issue with the network rather than the wallets themselves.
Here's the breakdown per-wallet, with fees, transaction links and notes:
After the articles was published, users have contributed the following:
The following wallets was also tested, but failed for various reasons:
- CashPay: After the first send, the app no longer started. Clearing cache helped, but during the stress test the wallet broke down entirely and I was unable to make a stresstest transaction.
- Electron Cash: Record-high fees of 230.00 ƀ and during the stresstest the application repeatedly crashed when I tried to send the remaining funds.
I hope you found the read interesting and if I missed anything or you had a different experience, do let me know in the comments below.
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