What I find nearly infuriating about USB, is the lack of standard markings. There USED to be a requirement that licensees (you can't just use the standard without paying a license
fee) put the USB mark on the top or front of cables.
So the cable always, always, always, went in "this way up". Phones, hard drives, all "this way up" based on the top/face of the device.
No, too simple, too many violators (counterfeits?) and they dropped that from the spec. Now with the USB micro cables pushing the resolution limits of the not-so-young eye, you can't tell which is the top side by ANY means except reading glasses and a light, so they get jammed in upside down (especially in the dark) and damaged way before their time.
USBmicro is supposed to be over 100x more durable than USBmini.
Sure, except that the jamming breaks 'em good.