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October 30, 2021, 05:03:47 AM
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Curious to know if anyone has bought a Blockstream Jade device yet? I see they actually have stock on their online store... priced ever so slightly higher than the "original" listed price of US$39.99... they're currently showing as US$45.99.

It always looked like quite a decent bit of kit at a relatively accessible price, if somewhat limited (no real altcoin support outside of Liquid Network assets) and currently missing some key features which the devs claim will be added via software update:
More features will be enabled in the future through software updates, including:

- Camera for fully air-gapped transactions
- Hardware Wallet Interface (HWI) wallet support for compatibility with Bitcoin Core
- Independent PIN server support


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October 30, 2021, 06:51:42 AM
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It's in the range of a Nano S in terms of price. Seems OK to me for a hardware wallet for Bitcoin only since I don't have much use for liquid assets.
If you haven't seen this video, it's a very good review of the device. A bit too long maybe.

I did a quick check on reddit to see if there were any complaints about the Jade wallet, but I couldn't find anything worth mentioning. 
dkbit98 is good in that sort of thing (or maybe he only likes doing it to Ledger)Grin. Let's see if he can find any dirt on them.

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October 30, 2021, 07:44:18 AM
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Curious to know if anyone has bought a Blockstream Jade device yet? I see they actually have stock on their online store... priced ever so slightly higher than the "original" listed price of US$39.99... they're currently showing as US$45.99.
I didn't purchase it from Blockstream website and my suggestion is to better look for some generic M5Stack ESP32 device that can be found even cheaper than $45 and just load the Jade code if you want to test how it works.
I got one TTGO T-Display ESP32 device for less than $10 but I am to lazy to test it with Jade code and one more DIY project, so it's currently collecting dust for now.

Thing that I don't like with Jade is that Blockstream server is involved in operation to increase security (because there is no secure element) and I am seeing reports from people that it often shows timeout when you need to update firmware, etc.
Good thing is that it's open source, they recently added support or generic multisig and BIP39 passphrases, and you can get it with 10% discount if you use Liquid Tether to pay.
Jade is basically device that Blockstream made for their Liquid network tokens, because I think that ledger supports only L-BTC in combination with Blockstream Green.
I would skip Jade if you don't use Liquid network, and go for other open source hardware wallets.


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October 30, 2021, 09:19:28 AM
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If you haven't seen this video, it's a very good review of the device. A bit too long maybe.
I had not... thanks for the heads-up. Based on that... I'd have to say that, as it stands, it isn't a device for me.


Thing that I don't like with Jade is that Blockstream server is involved in operation to increase security (because there is no secure element) and I am seeing reports from people that it often shows timeout when you need to update firmware, etc.
Yeah, that was one of the things that bothered me when it was initially announced... the whole Oracle PIN server thing Undecided  Granted, they have said they will be providing the code so you can run your own PIN server... which could be interesting if it was possible to add it to an Umbrel or RaspiBlitz setup.

Still... having to rely on their infrastructure like that simply to use the device generally ends up causing issues for the end user... like when the backend can't keep up with demand like Ledger updates or Mycelium syncing etc Undecided

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