The Nano S: A 7-Year-Old Can Use It
Ledger has done equally well for themselves by enhancing their product line, and the latest release of the Nano S is no different. Older hardware wallets like the original Ledger, in my own opinion, were not as user-friendly like its competitor Trezor. However, after reviewing the Nano S with my seven-year-old son, Joshua, who truly loves cryptocurrency, we both found that the latest offering is really uncomplicated to use.
My Ledger Nano S came in the mail from France and was safely sealed with a tamper-evident tape and plastic wrap encasing the package. After safely opening the box, which looks similar to the way an Apple product is packaged, my son and I were really happy with how nice the device looked. The Nano S is little and encased with a damage proofing aluminium cover and it has only two physical buttons. It also has an insert for a micro USB connection with a much longer cord compared to Trezor.
The Nano S needs the use of Google Chrome extensions when connecting the device to any computer. Before connecting the Ledger, a user can set a 4-digit pin on the instrument itself, which terminates any key logging. In addition, we wrote down the 24-word mnemonic phrase on a paper produced by the device. This was a good lesson for my son as I did not do the seed step with him when we first played with our Trezor last year. He learned all about what a mnemonic phrase was and also really helped him with the pronunciation of every word. After completing all 24 words, the machine then asked regarding three of the words that were shown with the initial seed step and asked what number was implemented to each word.
After setting up the pin and completed the seed routine, the next thing my son and I did was connect it to the wallet page start.ledgerwallet.com. The page asked what device was in use, and when connected, it showed two choices: add a Bitcoin wallet or add an Ethereum wallet extension.
We then selected to test the Bitcoin section as my son is more of a fan of that certain cryptocurrency, even though last year he really liked altcoins a whole lot more. The setup consumed less than a minute, after which we were welcomed by the wallet interface.
The screen displays an “accounts” section for different addresses, send and receive options, and settings. My son pressed the receive button, and it provides us a random public address with a QR code as well. We then decided to send $3 dollars in bitcoin to the address by utilizing another wallet I had opened in our Safari browser. The procedure of sending again took less than a minute, and the funds were instantly viewable on the Ledger wallet dashboard. There was a little wait for confirmations, which can be observed in the interface. Sending bitcoin back to my other wallet was no different and just as easy, indeed!
The display on the device was also pretty cool, and my son had said that the bright green lettering was brighter than the Trezor screen. Thus, Joshua really digs the pictures of Doge shown on our Trezor as well.
Affordable Bitcoin Protection
Ledger Nano S is really economical than most hardware models available out there these days, at approximately $65 for this certain device — and you can, of course, pay in bitcoin. It is also open source and developer friendly, as additional apps can be added. I and my son really had a great time experimenting with the said hardware wallet and look forward to breaking it in by adding more Bitcoin and possibly some Ether as well.