There are other exchanges that allow for USD/BTC transactions that you can then xfer to a binance/bittrex type site. Coinbase is just the “simplest” with it’s phone app feel and no massive charts to get lost in. IIRC gdax.com is owned by coinbase (or vice versa?) as what would be a proper exchange.
What’s been going on with ETH? Most of me feels like it’s just the good activity from people like dchris offboarding during a big downward surge and the transfer times are way quicker.
But I also just feel like ETH is a more stable longterm technology, so maybe it’s just the evolution of ETH’s framework?