Since its release in 2009, Bitcoin has completely revolutionized the cryptocurrency world. Incalculable imitators have made several attempts to dethrone BTC from the top spot, but Bitcoin still remains the undisputed king of digital currency.
However, this does not mean that Bitcoin is cruising through the digital world with ease. There are some huge names trailing hard Bitcoin by introducing super cool features in an attempt to overtake BTC. One of those names is Ethereum – the fiercest rival of Bitcoin – although there is still a long way to go to catch up.
The most important question is: “can Ethereum really live up to the hype surrounding it and usurp Bitcoin’s supremacy?”
In this article, we have compared the different features of both the currencies and tried to explain whether or not Ethereum can overtake Bitcoin.
Comparing Bitcoin and Ethereum – Popular Support:
Bitcoin is often revered as a counter to government and central bank. The users tend to be more conscious; both economically and politically and are more motivated ideologically.
Ethereum users tend to be less ideologically motivated. They normally seem to be content giving away authority to a singular entity that is Vitalik Buterin – the inventor of Ethereum. The Etheruem community’s focus is to take on the business and technology in the future.
The scripting language in Bitcoin is limited, which means it doesn’t only confer the ownership coins but also comes with a certain set of instructions. Moreover, the scripting language enables a user to lock up the coins for a certain period of time.
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Bitcoin blockchain currently comprises of 1MB Blocks and can process around 3 transactions per second. Each block may take up to 10 minutes to mine. The mining is done through ASIC hardware in Bitcoin blockchain.
Unlike Bitcoin, the blocks in Ethereum blockchain are of variable size. Moreover, it’s much faster than its Bitcoin counterpart. Where a Bitcoin blockchain performs only 3 transactions per second, the ETH blockchain can perform up to 25 transactions per second.
Bitcoin’s maximum limit is set at 21 million. The currency is designed to never go beyond the said number. Moreover, its issuance is halved every 4 years, which means the currency won’t reach its maximum limit until the year 2140. Currently, there are 11 million bitcoins in circulation.
Ethereum’s annual issuance rate is much higher than Bitcoin – 18 million to be precise. This represents an inflation rate of -20% at the current supply. Due to the fact that Ethereum is not consumed by a software program and rather sent to the miner of the associated transaction, its value is likely to go further down in the longer run.
Looking at the bigger picture, Bitcoin is a safe bet and will easily continue to dominate the cryptocurrency world. On the other hand, there is a large amount of uncertainty surrounding Ethereum, which consequently leads many users to lose interest in ETH.