The Good The Pantech DM-P100 offers unique content and services designed for the family market. It's a decent performer, too.
The Bad The Pantech DM-P100's design is uninspired, with a chunky design and a tiny external display.
The Bottom Line Though its design is nothing special, the Pantech DM-P100 offers a solid selection of services and content that stands out from other carriers'.
There is a new kid on the MVNO block, and this one has arrived with white gloves, red pants, and yellow shoes. The Walt Disney Company, which brought you theme parks, beloved animated films, and merchandising as we know it, is now bringing Mickey Mouse to the mobile world. Disney Mobile, which unveiled its ears last month, is aiming to grab a share of the family market through a unique selection of services, including GPS location, Disney-themed content, and parental controls. Make no mistake that it's not about the hardware here--the carrier's first two handsets are rather unremarkable as cell phones go--but rather it's all about what's inside. The result is mostly successful, but with the Pantech DM-P100, we were disappointed there wasn't more magic in the handset itself. It is fairly priced, however, at $59 with service. As is the case with all MVNOs, Disney Mobile does not operate its own network; rather, it rents space from Sprint.
The DM-P100 joins the LG DM-L200 as Disney Mobile's first offerings. Pantech is a relatively new player in the United States, so we're not sure what to expect each time it introduces a new model. But with the DM-P100, we weren't bowled over. The flip phone isn't ugly, but it's not really pretty either. In all honesty, we were expecting a little more excitement from Disney Mobile, though the candy-apple-red LG DM-L200 comes a bit closer in that regard. Styled in a simple silver color scheme, DM-P100 has average dimensions for a flip phone (3.4 by 1.9 by 0.9 inches; 3.9 ounces), but it comes off looking a bit chunky. The extendable antenna is rather flimsy, but the phone has a solid construction overall and feels comfortable in the hand.
The postage stamp external display (96x64 pixels) is small for the phone's size, and it is dark even when the backlighting is on. It shows the date, time, battery life, signal strength, and caller ID, and though it doesn't support photo ID, it does function as a very rudimentary viewfinder for self-portraits. Unfortunately, none of the display's settings are changeable. Below the display is the camera flash and lens and a small speaker. A covered headset jack is on top of the phone, while the left spine holds a volume rocker and a camera shutter.