@alias Regarding #3 and #4, I will play devil’s advocate a bit only in hopes that these thoughts lead to improvements.
#3 I think developers have “missed” the difference between newbies and experienced traders. It is clear that this app is primarily a pdex and secondarily a wallet given how the wallet functions have been pushed to the sidelines. While I understand an app can try to do both be a wallet and a pdex, I would still hope you want to do this in a balanced way that both invites and encourages newbies to onboard and to offer advanced traders as many features as you can. Right now, I think the app will discourage and confuse newbies and is more focused on traders.
For example, here is a newbies initial experience of the first three menu icons across the bottom of the app “markets”, “wallet” and “trade” icons. If I tap on markets, I see a near similar list of coins that I see when I tap on wallet. Then let’s say I tap on BTC under markets, then I go automatically to the “trade” (buy, sell, swap) screen (the center menu icon. But when I tap on “wallet” and also see a list of coins and I tap on BTC again and then I see the BUY SELL buttons and tap on BUY, I AGAIN automatically go to the TRADE screen (but this time with two taps instead of one tap from Markets. But then a newbie will tap on the Trade icon in bottom center and again with one tap is sent to trade screen. It seems like three different menu icons along the bottom “markets”, “Wallet” and “trade” all lead to the same “trade” screen (with Buy Sell Swap across the top). This is what I mean when I say the app is clearly focused on “traders”, not simply someone who uses a wallet to send and receive (which is now several taps away to find the “send” and “receive” functions).
Now, let’s look at the “wallet” menu icon from the beginner persepctive. In comparison with many other bitcoin wallets, what one expects to see under “wallet” are the most basic functions of “send” and “receive” and one’s balance and of course in this case since Incognito is UNIQUE, one should see a “Shield” and an “Unshield”. Basic wallet functions are not captured clearly in one place and the “pools” and “rewards” functions are not standard features of wallets that newbies would initially expect.
Observation 1: A wallet that gives me a big “shield” button but doesn’t give me or show me upfront how to “Unshield” is not going to be particularly “friendly” to a newbie. I having used the old app, of course, know that if I want to unshield, I do so from the “send” screen(the “send” button is not visible on the initial wallet screen) and I send to an non-incognito address (but newbies will not know this or be able to figure it out intuitively).
I would expect when tapping on “wallet” icon to see on the first screen clear “send” “receive” buttons as well as both “shield” and “unshield” buttons and then below that a list of my coins with their balances, but not just one big “shield” button. We all understand wallets to be “inputs” and “outputs”, but this wallet on the first screen just shows a way to input, not output (which potentially raises trust issues for some). For newbies, I would think we want that wallet part of the app as clear and organized and intuitive as possible. I am not sure it is there yet. Given that the TRADE functions are clearly highlighted now with TRADE in the center and the markets all leading to the trade screen, for beginners, I would like to see a clear simple easy to use wallet without investing tools (“pools and rewards” and trading tools mixed into that wallet area). I would like to get to that “send” screen which happily remains like in the old app (not the send button) in less than three taps in the wallet. For beginners, I really think the wallet should clarify the difference between “shield/unshield” functions and “send/receive” functions by having all these button on one screen upfront as soon as one taps on wallet. Then below those buttons or on next screen after tapping on one of the buttons comes the list of coins in my wallet with their balances. In short, the wallet seems overrun with trading functions which should be elsewhere under a “trade” or “markets” or even in the “MORE” icon area. “Pools” and “Rewards” could be under “more” icon for a simpler wallet interface just like you left the “provide” function under the “more” icon.
A wallet screen with a single “Shield” button is potentially unfriendly.
A wallet screen where I tap on a coin, BTC for example, and am pushed to “BUY” “SELL” buttons RATHER THAN the “SEND/RECEIVE” screen (or buttons) is potentially unfriendly to those who are not primarily “traders” particularly when there are two other ways to easily reach the “buy/sell” trade screen.
The best wallets out there are simple and intuitive and not trying to encourage “trading” or have trading tools and extra investing options mixed in. So, my main point is: this new app seems to be leaving behind the beginner wallet user who needs something really simple because it emphasizes the “trading” functions. For example, this new app screen looks similar to the Ledger Live mobile app for android, but when tapping in center arrows icon in Ledger live, I see “send” “receive” “Buy/Sell” and “Swap” which is a more balanced approach. Incognito should have a single pop up when tapping on center arrows that displays “Shield”, “Unshield”, “Send”, “Receive”, “Buy/Sell” and “Swap” in one place.
I understand the app and incognito pdex is a wonderful attraction and should be encouraged, but presumably the app wants to draw in new beginning users as well and I think that is the potential weakness as it stands now.