Ok here is my windows mobile application for ordering system. As client requested i added a next page button (the button after the +). This turns a page with preferences of a product. However most of the users that were used to tiny scrollbars prefer a scrollbar at the right instead of turn page. (Maximum times you may press a turn page button is 3-4 times).
Initially i didnt like the idea of the turn page button but i got used to it. So now i can think of two alternatives.. Having a scrollbar at the right when needed or support sliding.(slinding by finger is difficult on resistive screens) but with a pen is easier...

So what do you suggest for my scrolling problem ? I think sliding with pen and a light scrollbar to appear like some android applications to know where you are..

Otherwise a vertical scrollbar.. Also i have to use a scrolling techique for the order items list when expanded...

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Having to work with UX teams that still have a habit of wireframing everything to death, I find that this question comes up way too often...usually due to the fact that they aren't working with a handheld touch device but rather a mouse and keyboard drawing pictures on a screen.

OK, that's a bit of a rant but the point I'm trying to get at is to pick up a phone and give it some thought. What's not obvious in PhotoShop or on paper becomes fairly obvious in one's hands...scrolling, tapping, etc...are all fairly fast and easy interactions on a mobile device. Which is the opposite of most other devices, where excessive scrolling and tapping can be a hindrance.

In general, allow for scrolling over pagination.

That said, there are always exceptions, but use them as exceptions, not the norm.

  • so i should put a scroll bar?(note screen is resistive)
    – GorillaApe
    Commented Dec 21, 2011 at 3:23
  • I completely missed the fact that this is a resistive screen. That is a whole other ball of wax. If they tend to use a stylus, a scrollbar may very well be the appropriate UI element to use.
    – DA01
    Commented Dec 21, 2011 at 4:30
  • Some people like Aza Raskin, lead Firefox designer, say scrolling is better than pagination on computers too.
    – JoJo
    Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 7:37

I would recommend allowing users to scroll through them from left to right by flicking their fingers (as that seems to the defacto standard) in scrolling through large lists on mobile phones.

However to highlight the fact that you have multiple options and your offerings extend beyond a single page,include some form of pagination at the bottom page and clearly highlight the page the user is currently on.

Here are some pagination examples for you to think about



You're not mentioning the version of the Windows Phone but I assume it's not a relic and is to be used with a touch screen...

I've yet to see a serious app for WP that does paging over scrolling so my obvious choice is scrolling as it is consistent with other software on the OS. The problem with paging is that you lose the point of focus on the list. With one continuously scrolling page you can keep your focus always on the "same" screen.

  • windows mobile 5-6. Screen is resistive thats why finger scrolling is impossible or buggy.
    – GorillaApe
    Commented Dec 21, 2011 at 3:22

Agreed on @Mervin's answer on putting a scroll through left and right as scrolling is the way users already mastered and used frequently not only on windows mobile but other mobiles also such as iPhone and Android.

Just to help you with some patterns for user interface design you can check out Mobile Design Pattern Gallery - although the book is still not out, but still you can check out the available patterns listed on the site. Hope it helps!


Resistive screens tend to "jump" when making gestures, they are not very reliable for this. A good arrow to change pages and a nice clicking sound will feel just like home.

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