Originally Posted by guidol
the other problem is....the Joypad is soldered to the mainboard :-( because they saved some cents on a part which would be the frist part which become unuseable...the most used part on the device...great would be a replacement with real microswitches .-)
Actually, if you are experienced in soldering the replacement of joystick is not really difficult. But in in 99% cases it is not needed. If someone got a problem with joystick, it is mostly because of bad contacts (they can be damaged by too hard mechanical impacts.). Those contacts are easy to refresh /resolder.
But you are right - I would definitely prefer FFC connectors instead of soldering.