Archived:Comparing Symbian and Maemo Platforms
This article examines a sample application developed for both S60 Platform and Maemo Platform. The main point is the give an overview on the possibilities of these platforms.
Both S60 Platform and Maemo Platform support menus with submenus. The look of the menus is fairly the same. On the other hand the way menus are created differs quite a bit.
Both S60 Platform and Maemo Platform devices have a number of hardware keys for developers to use.
Both S60 and Maemo Platforms have a number of common dialogs for developers.
Most applications need to work with text in one way or another. On the latest S60 Platform (S60 3rd Edition FP2) developers can choose between Symbian descriptors and C strings. C string support is part of the Open C functionality. The Maemo Platform uses C strings.
Application delivery package
S60 applications need to be signed for the S60 3rd Edition devices. Signing in Maemo Platfom is not an option currently.