Mobile and Desktop Trading
Uphold and Kraken both offer mobile apps, which are well-rated and appreciated for their user-friendliness. Kraken has two mobile apps: the regular Kraken app and Kraken Pro for experienced traders, both of which receive high ratings on App Store and Google Play. Similarly, Uphold's mobile app has been positively reviewed for its easy-to-use interface and smooth functionality. As for desktop trading, both platforms have intuitive and accessible designs, with Kraken Pro offering advanced features for seasoned traders.
Uphold’s app has a 3.5-star rating from 5,000 reviews on the Apple App store and a 3.2-star rating from 18,000 reviews on Google Play. Some reviewers have said the app is slow and buggy, with the verification process being particularly slow.
Uphold is easy to use for beginners. There is a quick trade option called “Anything to Anything”. All you need to do is enter the asset you want to trade, the amount, and the asset you wish to swap it for. You can trade crypto to stocks, stocks to metal etc. in just a few clicks.
Uphold desktop app
Uphold mobile app while trading
Uphold main screen app
Kraken's app is well-designed and offers tools for both beginners as well as advanced tools for more experienced traders.
Kraken has an “Instant Buy” option, where users can purchase crypto in seconds with their card or from funds in their fiat wallet. Instant Buy, while convenient, incurs high fees. There is a standard purchase fee plus an additional fee depending on the method of payment. Still, the Instant Buy option is suitable for beginners and is easy to navigate.
Kraken Pro has more reasonable fees based on the maker/taker method. However, the interface could be confusing for beginners. It shows advanced charting and offers more trading tools and order types.
Kraken’s mobile app has a 4.5-star rating from 3000+ reviews on the Apple App Store and a 2.2-star rating from over 13,000 reviews on Google Play. A lot of users say the app has trouble loading, certain funding or purchase options are unavailable and it is generally not user-friendly.
Kraken desktop interface
Kraken Pro Trading view
Kraken app interface
Kraken app interface while trading