30 minutes use of WallΞth

The first thing I did when I installed the wallet, as an experienced Ethereum user, was to look for the address for sending some money to it.

I tried the Hamberger menu. No luck. It is apparently not “Edit Account” although I tried it in despair.

It can’t be export key or import key — why are they on the Hamberger menu? Such functions are so rarely used, that I for my entire 5 years of using cryptocurrency, I never imported or exported any key in any wallet. (I did, often backup and restore seeds and I am as qualified a cryptograph geek as being able to recite elliptic signing procedure by memory.)

On the top of the Humberger menu, there is my address, but it’s not copiable and there is an ellipsis in the address so I can’t write it down.

I further studied the front page — since this is the first function any user would expect from a wallet, it must be somewhere obvious. But there is nothing obvious about obtaining an address on the front page. There are instructions, though. Having exhausted options, I started to read instructions. The front page instruction says that this account is empty and you can press the green button to send value [sic] to this account. Where is the green button?

There is a camera floating-action-button in vivid green — as I thought, it’s for capturing Ethereum address or payment request in the form of QR, not for revealing my own Ether address.

There is also a big green arrow pointing at my balance ‘0Eth’. I first thought that it’s a visual aid for people who can’t find their balance, then I realised it’s a button, although not shaped like one. Clicking it resulted in a QR code. But what is the address in the QR code? None to be found. The reason I install WallΞth, is because I don’t already have a mobile Ethereum wallet. Therefore, understandably, I don’t have anything to scan the QR code. I have a desktop wallet; I also have an exchange account. Both can’t scan a QR code. They need an address in the 20-byte hex format.

Having exhausted all the possibilities, I clicked the “info” icon on the upper-right corner, hoping that it shows the most important information of a wallet — the address. No, it pops up a screen written like a fireplace conversation in a gentleman’s home — the back story of Walleth, the goal of a truly decentralised wallet, the making, its being libre software, with the remark that it is akin to opensource — of course, I know, since being opensource is the reason I installed WallΞth in the first place.

Not being able to put any money in the wallet, I pronounce my experiment a failure and removed it.

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