Review score of the Ledger Blue
How does the Ledger Blue work?
Ledger Blue is the most advanced hardware wallet on the market. The device is about the size of a smartphone, with the look of an iPad mini. The hardware wallet was built to create a so-called Secure Element, just like the Ledger Nano S. Transactions all take place on the device’s chip and your private keys never come into contact with the internet. The Ledger Blue connects with USB or NFC. Bitcoins and altcoins are not stored on the device itself, but are kept on the Blockchain.
What do you need to use the Ledger Blue?
To use the Ledger Blue you need:
- A computer with a USB port
- Google Chrome or Chromium 50+
- Windows (no XP), Mac (10.7+) or Linux
The wallet communicates with the computer through the Ledger Chrome application that you install on your computer. You do not need a software installation and you do not have to create an account.
What’s in the box?
If you receive the Ledger Blue, you will find the following items in the box:
- The Ledger Blue device
- 1 micro USB cable
- The so-called recovery sheet on which you note your backup seed
The Ledger Blue comes with some impressive cryptographic security features. Due to the modular construction of the device, you can run multiple applications on the Ledger Blue that run in full isolation independently. Transactions are confirmed on the device itself, using the WYSIWYS principle (What You See Is What You Sign).
The device is protected with a PIN that you set up for initial use. This PIN can be 4-8 digits. The built-in passphrase support allows you to create so-called hidden wallets to protect your hardware wallet when you need to open your wallet under brute force.
Your wallet’s private key will be generated on the device and never leaves it. Recovery of your wallet (for example in the event of theft) is possible in all BIP39 wallets, such as MyCelium and Electrum wallet software, but also in other hardware wallets like the Ledger Nano S or Trezor wallet.
The hardware wallet is robustly built and features a durable case and anti-scratch glass.
Ledger Blue vs Ledger Nano S
Ledger Blue is the big brother of Ledger Nano S. Where the Nano S is the size of a USB stick, the Ledger Blue is as big as a smartphone. The big screen of the Blue features a built-in touch QWERTY keyboard, and the Ledger Nano S serves you with only two buttons.
In summary, these are the differences between the two:
- To start with the price difference: the Ledger Blue costs € 274.80, the Nano S costs only € 69.90. For both amounts, shipping costs will be added.
- The Ledger Blue has 50% more memory. There is room for 8 to 10 apps, on the Nano S you can only run around 5 apps at once.
- The Ledger Blue also has Bluetooth and NFC support in addition to USB.
- The Ledger Blue has a touch screen.
- The Ledger Blue is easier to use by its large screen.
Both devices are built with the same safety standards.
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