Not so much as a reply , but a genuine question.Compared to what? DB-15, DB-9? not really.
If you could , wouldn't you rather have a 2-Meter rig with a Mini-USB,Nope. I would rather have a mDin6 to mDin6 cable that goes from my DRAWS
Hat to the radio. Cheap cable and supported by many radios.
Is it the throughput?Nope
Is it because "It's what all my cables are already" ?Nope
My perspective is that it's an issue to connect any HT to a computerGranted an HT is a different cable.
For me HT is a novelty and mobilinkd with APRSdroid does a good job there.
1) gotta have the right USB to whatever is offered as a data/mic/speaker