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.