Slightly revised version of the article posted in PalmAddicts:

Last Monday, I accompanied my girlfriend to the St. Luke’s Medical Center for a check up. I was reading an e-book on my Treo, while she was online on her phone as we were waiting for her turn to talk to the  doctor. I heard one of the people who passed by in front of us say something about her PalmPilot. I asked my girlfriend what the woman just said, and she teased me: “Huh, nakarinig ka lang ng PalmPilot, eh.” Apparently,  “PalmPilot” is like a keyword that is very effective in catching my attention.

A little later, while I was still reading on my Treo, the older man sitting beside me suddenly talked to me. He said “pareho tayo ng phone,” and showed me his Treo 650. I told him he’s using a complete phone that has a lot of useful features. Most of us Filipinos use Nokia cellphones, so I was surprised to learn that I wasn’t the only person in that floor who had a Treo. He told me his Treo was from the US. It didn’t have a memory card yet.

He asked me how to activate the radio feature, and I told him he had to have Internet connection to use it. I personally haven’t tried any streaming radio on my Treo, but I use it to listen to MP3s and watch videos. I noticed that his battery indicator was already red — meaning the phone would run out of power soon — and that his Bluetooth was active, so I showed him how to turn the Bluetooth off.

Indeed, great gadgets like the Palm Treo 650 inspire conversations even among strangers.

Ederic Eder

Ederic is a Filipino communications worker in the telecom, media, and technology industry. He writes about K-dramas and Korean celebrities for Hallyudorama.

He used to be a social media manager for news at GMA Network, where he also headed YouScoop, GMA News and Public Affairs’ citizen journalism arm.

He was with Yahoo! Philippines for more than three years before returning to GMA Network, where he was also previously part of the News Research section.

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