I am in the midst of an argument with my Engineering department about how to
implement an inbox in a cell phone based application. On the web version we
are implementing a page based inbox- (the standard i.e. see the first N
entries. To see more click on Next). I am fine with that.
On the phone, I want them to implement it differently: show me the current N
entries (depending on the phone- between 5 and 10 lines), but keep the next
and previous N entries in cache, so that the user can "scroll" continuously
(phone based scrolling is not really scrolling- it is done by multiple
clicks on the down or up key) and not force them to click on a next page
button (which will steal valuable real estate and make their experience
choppy). I feel that paging on the phone is not standard and is different
from what users already know (i.e. their SMS inbox). One thing to remember-
this is a native phone app, not a browser based experience.