completed feature-request
After creating an account here I tried it out on my phone (which, for SE, I use(d) to monitor activity, particularly as a moderator).  This is what I see when I visit meta on my Android phone using Chrome:


It took me a lot of poking around to (somehow; I'm not sure how to reproduce) get to a view that had a "questions" button at the bottom, at which point I could get to the questions list.  But if I view a question and then try to get back to the question list, I end up back at chat again instead and I'm back to figuring out how to get out.

I don't know a lot about front-end stuff, but I'm guessing/hoping that each section on the site has something akin to a Z-order (a priority), and chat is currently priortized higher, and prioritizing the other part (left pane on desktop) would fix it.  But that's a lot of guessing and I don't know what it would break, so maybe that's not the answer.

Could we do *something* to make a mobile view non-painful?  I'm not suggesting we invest heavily in making it great, just asking if we can make it primarily about Q&A instead of chat.
Top Answer
Jack Douglas
There is a lot more to do here, and we really haven't started on the mobile experience yet, but we have made a few cursory changes along the lines you suggest:

* The questions pane is now the default, until you switch to the chat pane and then your last setting is remembered

* We've added some padding on the bottom of the chat pane. This is ugly and still problematic, but slightly better than having crucial navigation elements hidden below the iOS nav bar
Could the mobile view favor Q&A over chat, please?
Monica replying to Jack Douglas
Will do!  Thanks for the update; I didn't realize y'all were an all-iOS team so far. :-)
Jack Douglas
We don't even have an Android device to test on, so please do let us know if we break things there — we might not realise it's happened.
Jack Douglas replying to Monica
I forgot to post an answer previously but your message in here reminded me, thanks!
This has now been addressed; when I visit the site on my phone I see the question list and a chat button.
Paul White
The reason chat is favoured over Q & A is because the first users of the site requested it that way :)  
Mobile support is very much accidental and in its infancy.  
If UI improvements don't make the whole subject obsolete, it might be enough to have a preference saved in the profile.