Bill --- Between the UTStarcom 6700 and Treo 650, I would recommend the Treo 650 PDA Phone as it is ePocrates compatible.
It is a particularly good choice for you since you already use the Palm T|X, and do not want to have to "give up those few non-essential apps" you would have to give up if you switched from Palm OS to Windows OS.
My employer just bought about a gazillion minutes of air time for employee cell phone use. The result is that I can get a cell phone for a heavily discounted price with essentially no risk of incurring air time charges.
Now for the hard part. I have to choose a phone.
I live in a fringe reception area so receiver sensitivity is important. In an ideal world I'd get something that would replace both my Palm T|X and my phone, but the device has to be sturdy (I carry my phone when I go mountain biking and I do sometimes fall). I don't have much need for mobile email, and a Blackberry won't support the most important app I use (ePocrates) so that's out.
I've never found objective information regarding phone performance in fringe reception areas, and I've never found objective information regarding the sturdiness of phones. My impression is that some cell phones are fragile. I've been told that Razr phones are especially fragile and that they do not do well in fringe reception areas but I do not know if that is accurate.
The two choices my company offers in the 'smart phone' category are: UTStarcom 6700 and Treo 650. The Starcom phone uses the Windows OS and the Treo uses the Palm OS. Most of the medical apps I use on my Palm are available for either OS, but I would have to give up a few non-essential apps if I switched to Windows. There may be comparable programs for the Windows OS but I have not found them yet.
Any suggestions for obtaining information on either of these devices?
It is not critical to get a 'smart phone' but it would be convenient. I can always just keep on using the Palm for now and get a plain old cell phone. In that case, does anybody have any suggestions about sturdy phone with good reception? (and ideally with a built-in camera, bluetooth, ...)