Currently I am working building a board that uses a micro USB female connector. In theory this was amazing until I had to hand solder those diabolic connectors. The pins are tiny and very short and that makes my success rate of soldering the connectors down to something like 4 good out of 5 tries. After looking some soul searching for the roads of the internet I found on Adafruit's site someone pointing to the trinket board connector. So I decided to go with it, I went into the trinket github and just copy pasted the part to my design and sent the PCB to fab. In a few weeks I should receive the board and some connectors and give it a try.
Here is a picture of the connector I will be trying out. It seems to be easier than the other however this has to go trough the PCB so I cannot have much on the other side of the PCB. Current PCB had some extra real state but maybe not so in others.
If anyone has tips and tricks on how to solder microusb connectors by hand let me know. For now I am just practicing and practicing and practicing. Logic says that if I practice enough eventually I will be able to clean solder them.
Also how about strong holds of the connectors, what is a recommended connector that can withstand some abuse.
If all goes well I will be soldering about 200 of them, maybe after I will have all the practice I need.