Mobile and Desktop Trading
Coinsmart offers an improved iOS app with a 3.6-star rating and 719 ratings, while its Android counterpart has a 4.2-star rating with 658 reviews. Coinsmart's desktop app on their website has more tools and flexibility, making it more suitable for trading. Kucoin's mobile app has a 4.6-star rating from over 19,000 reviews on the Apple App Store and a 3.9-star rating from over 12,000 reviews on Google Play. While both exchanges have good desktop apps for cryptocurrency trading, Coinsmart's mobile apps are generally better received than Kucoin's.
CoinSmart has a fun look with bright colours and cartoons. It is enjoyable to use. The dashboard shows everything you need to trade including options to buy, sell, and trade. You can also view your wallets, activity and simple market information.
To use CoinSmart’s advanced features such as limit orders, you can use their advanced trading platform, which is accessible within your user dashboard.
CoinSmart’s iOS app has a 3.4-star rating with 309 reviews. Its Android app has a 2.6-star rating from 94 reviews. Users of the app say the app crashes, is slow, and often freezes. This is why we would recommend using their desktop version.
Coinsmart App trading screen
Coinsmart mobile app interface
Coinsmart mobile app interface while trading
Kucoin is slightly different than your average crypto exchange. You won’t be able to deposit Canadian dollars directly. You’ll have to go through a third-party such as Banxa to deposit fiat. Kucoin does, however, accept credit and debit card payments, but you’ll need to check if your Canadian bank allows crypto transactions.
There are no fiat to crypto pairs, so you cannot buy bitcoin or other crypto directly with your dollars. You’ll need to first purchase Tether USDT on Kucoin and then trade that for the crypto you want.
The Kucoin exchange can be quite confusing for beginners.
There are advanced charting and order types available, plus you can trade on margin and trade futures contracts if you wish.
To buy USDT quickly, go up to the top menu and select the “Fast Buy” option. Here, you can purchase USDT using your credit or debit card or via the P2P exchange, or via a third party transfer. Once you have your USDT, then you can trade it on the Kucoin exchange under “spot trading”. Select the trading pair e.g. USDT/BTC and then choose your order type e.g. market order.
The Kucoin app has a 3.7-star rating from over 2,000 reviews on the Apple App Store and a 2.7-star rating from over 12,000 reviews on Google Play. Many people complain that the app crashes or that there are certain features lacking such as the ability to filter order history by trading pair.
Kucoin’s app is a bit more simple than its desktop exchange but it’s still confusing for beginners. There are lots of features, tabs, and menus. Buying USDT is easy since you do not need to verify your account. Simply sign up with an email and you can buy crypto in seconds using your credit or debit card under the Fast trade option. From there though, you will need to navigate to the spot trading page and select the trading pair you want.
Kucoin desktop interface
Kucoin desktop app (Fast Trade)
Kucoin app interface
Kucoin app interface while trading