Altpocket Review 2019 – How Good Is This Crypto Portfolio Tracker?

By now many a guide online has likely taught you how to buy, sell, and store your cryptocurrency. One area of research we’ve found lacking was the one explaining how to keep track of everything you have.

With the huge number of coins/token standards currently available also comes a slightly less huge number of wallets required to store this cryptocurrency. Keeping track of your various holdings, namely how much of something you have, what this something is worth in fiat and how that value changed in the past, can be very tedious and time-consuming without a proper tool. Some people would fix this issue by keeping their currency on the exchange they bought it on; this is a very unsafe way of storing/tracking your crypto as you don’t own the private keys of the storage wallet.

As such, today we’ll analyze a tool called Altpocket, one that wants to help its users comprehensively track their investments (with an added social dimension to it).

Altpocket App

Altpocket was created in the spring of 2017 by a team of young Swedish engineers and entrepreneurs, led by the founders Edwin Flataunet (current CTO) and Johnathan Svensson (current CEO).

Flataunet came to the idea of launching a crypto-related project after getting paid in cryptocurrency for a consultancy job and later on purchasing several altcoins on a couple of different exchanges. This was when he and his friend/business-partner-to-be Svensson realized that there is a serious lack of ability to track his current cryptocurrency holdings.

To solve this problem, Edwin created an investment-tracking
website which was initially intended to be used for personal needs. The website
eventually exploded in popularity after various web forum users started sharing
it around, impressed with its overall functionality. Altpocket ultimately
developed a user base of almost 100 thousand users, a lot of who seem to be
less active nowadays when the market is in a downturn.

The project held a pre-sale of premium licenses for their
platform to fund the development efforts; 500 users were given the opportunity
to get a lifetime subscription for an investment of 150 dollars, netting the
team 62 thousand dollars. Another, let’s call it “round”, of investment came
soon after when Swedish crypto “celebrities” Christian Ander, founder of
the Bitcoin exchange Btcx, Sergej Kotliar, founder of Bitrefill,
and angel investor Andrés Westerberg chipped in with 140 thousand of their own dollars after recognizing the
quality of the platform and the lack of similar products on the market.

The overall success/popularity of the website led to its
creators signing on a team of developers in order to release an Altpocket
mobile application. This application seems to be in development still; it was
expected to come out in Q3/Q4 of 2018 but there is nothing of note created yet.
We contacted the project’s CTO through Discord to learn more about this but he
never responded to our inquiries.

Account Creation

Creating an
Altpocket account is simple; all you have to do is visit their website and
either log in through your existing Google/Coinbase profiles. Alternatively,
you can go through the standard process of account creation which requires you
to enter an e-mail, user name, password, and then verify your data.

User Experience

Altpocket.io provides a decent user experience from my
personal point of view; I’ll explain why further down below. Once you log in, the
main screen will lead you to your home
page
, one which has the look of a typical social network. You have your
post feed, your window to make your own posts (can even include polls), articles
published on Altpocket.io and one addition which is the ability to add widgets
to the home page. These widgets include:

  • A profile widget that gives you your profile
    summary
  • Portfolio widget which gives you your main
    portfolio’s profit
  • Portfolio values which shows you your main
    portfolio’s value
  • A watchlist for tracking select tokens
  • Holdings chart widget which displays your
    holdings and contains a circle pie chart showing you how much of what you own
    graphically

From here, you can navigate to your main portfolio, which will be displaying your current holdings. Of course, when you first create an account you won’t have anything displayed here.

Altpocket Features

Altpocket _ sidebar

Altpocket gives you the option to either:

  • Add a new
    transaction manually

Pretty self explanatory. Pick your token, the exchange you
bought it on, what you paid it with, date of the purchase, price you paid and
the amount bought. There’s even an option to add transaction notes if you want
to add some other detail about this transaction that is important to you.

  • Use their
    automatic importer

The automatic importer feature lets you sync your exchange transaction
data with Altpocket. The service currently works with Coinbase, Binance,
Bittrex, Poloniex and is expected to be added for HitBTC, Kraken, Huobi,
Cryptopia and KuCoin “soon”.

Altpocket lets you track your mining activity, and they
recommend that you create a separate portfolio to do so (that will require you
to purchase the premium license though). Pick the token, the exchange you want
the price to be taken from, the amount mined and date & time and click on “add
mined asset” button.

With this option you can track your ICO investments; you can
add any token that you have invested in through an ICO but you’ll have to wait
for it to be added to Coinmarketcap or Prizy before you’ll be able to track its
price. You can either search the ICO from the provided list or enter the token
name, ticker and logo yourself. Additionally you can enter the market you
bought it on, the price you bought it for, and the date & time of your
purchase.

Finally, this lets you enter a specific cryptocurrency address
and track its holdings. All your data is stored on “secured and encrypted”
servers and the team claims that no one will be able to access your API keys or
your transactions. This can potentially be a problem as local storage is the
preferred industry standard; having your data stored on a random server in
Sweden doesn’t sound like a good idea.

Once you have your first transactions imported, your main portfolio will start displaying
your stats. Everything is designed in a clean, eye-pleasing manner and is quite
easy to interpret. You’ll have your total amount invested, portfolio value and
your total profit listed on there; additionally you can navigate to the “Holdings”
section and check out basic (and more detailed) information about a specific
coin. Everything is intuitive and won’t take you long to get used to, and of
course the website gets additional points from me for having a dark theme.

The website’s social feed is one segment that looks to set it apart from similar cryptocurrency tracking projects. Set centrally on your main page, it gives off a Facebook/Twitter-like vibe. Its principles and purpose are similar to those social networks: you can post any thoughts you have (as long as they are covered by the terms of service) and then people can create threads by responding to your original message. The feed is somewhat active with people posting various stuff, from memes to serious discussions, and even has project’s leading people share their thoughts on it sometimes. At the time of my write-up, there seem to have been some issues with the feed; due to this issue, people ended up accidentally spamming the main page and weren’t able to use the website’s reply function.

Other Features

Some additional features of the project include:

  • Clean looking UI
  • Verified Investments (Automatically grab orders
    from either Poloniex, Bittrex and Coinbase)
  • Imports buys and sells and calculates the
    profits
  • Connect Altpocket.io with Poloniex & Bittrex
  • 1324 coins supported
  • Multiple API importing
  • Mobile app (IOS/Android)
  • Ad-free usage for both Free and Premium users
  • Ability to use our API (grab your investments
    into your app/etc)
  • Add investments by Bitcoin price or USD price
  • Mark investments as sold
  • Customizable Avatar/Header/About Text/Biography
  • Ability to make your profile private
  • Customizable investment tracking (can change the
    currency you’re tracking in)
  • Takes Bitcoin price at day bought into
    calculation
  • Social features like
    follow/comment/”impressed” button 
  • Search users by name/invested amount/most profit
  • Calculates the difference between BTC the day
    you bought and today to determine if you made profit even if the price of your
    coin went down.
  • Dark/Night theme

Additionally, by purchasing the Premium version of their
service you’ll gain access to some additional features like multiple
portfolios, import queue skipping, auto trade pair selection, fee support, tax
calculator, alerts, analytical features, auto importing, animated avatars and
real time virtual miners. Users who are having issues can access the project’s
support either through a ticketing
system
or through the project’s Discord
server
.

Should You Use
Altpocket?

As I round up the review, you’re probably wondering if the service is even worth using at this point. My personal experience with Altpocket.io was one that suggests that the project is still a work in progress, with several important issues waiting to be addressed.

Another concerning thing that I noticed is the project’s apparent inability to deliver a working app or even manage their social feed, suggesting that there is a serious understaffing problem at hand. Don’t get me wrong; the service is decent, what you would expect from a project like this one, and it gets additional points for a really clean design.

However, some of those points will be deduced because of the privacy, communication, and staffing issues pointed out above. To sugarcoat it all, I found some jarring English misspellings on the website’s main interface which is something that should never happen to a serious project.

At this point, the project seems stuck in limbo; while I’ll be very happy to check it out when (and if) the issues listed above are sorted out, for now I will not be continuing to use Altpocket.


 

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