Was a member approx. 4 months prior to this review.
As with any solo model site, everything rides on the model's ability to adopt a variety of personas and appearances, lest we grow tired of her image. All solo models should take a lesson from Aria because she does it right. Amazingly, she has a good 10 different looks and each of these have a nice variety of variations. In sum, we don't get tired of seeing her.
Her site is organized into different styles (e.g. glamour, artistic, fetish, amateur, candid) making browsing easy. Plus, there are a lot of interesting features where we really get a sense Aria as a person - even if it's fictional (tough to tell). She keeps a diary, does some interviews, and presents some photo diaries of her adventures (non sexual adventures, that is).
Aria has employed a number of different photographers over the years, so there is compositional variety in her photographs, although her images tend to be very clear, bright, and colorful. Many have an almost cinematic quality.
The most frustrating thing is that even though there are many galleries with many pictures, there are no zip files.
The video files are small and lo-res. Additionally, they are sometimes mislabeled so that you try to download a .mov file and you end up getting a .avi or something like that. The videos themselves aren't particularly amazing either, but it's better than nothing.
The older galleries feature small, lo-res pictures. The more recent the gallery, the better the image quality. With the huge amount of pictures, this isn't a huge deal, but it's worth noting.
It's difficult to tell how often the site updates. It's not exactly clear, but I believe the site still updates with some regularity.
A small portion of the content is not exclusive. Aria has been featured on a variety of sites DDGirls, Perfect 10, and more. Many of those sets end up on her site as well. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. It saves you the trouble of joining other sites just to collect Aria's pics
Although her site isn't quite as slick as Alison Angel's, Aria Giovanni has one of the better solo sights that I've yet seen. Even though the pictures all feature the same model, she does a fantastic job creating variety. There are some issues (e.g. lack of zips, low quality movies), but there are more than enough positives to justify a membership.
Was a member approx. 3 months prior to this review.
+Shitload of picture galleries of Aria.
+Because images are the focus of the site, they took special care in organizing images by their type (amateur, glamour, artistic, etc.), and each section has a lot of content - something for everyone who loves Aria (except hardcore, since she doesnt do that, which includes lesbian hardcore, and heterosexual hardcore, unfortunately).
+There are a good number of videos
+Very unique videos listing page - thumb -> links -> associated zip download of the movie.
+When viewing images you get the standard, expected controls - next, preview, gallery.
+Download speeds are good
+Mostly 100% exclusive content (some galleries say they are provided by other sites, like Digital Dream Girls)
-There is an issue with some video listings. Ones at the top of the page are fine (.MOV under QT, .WMV under WM), but further down some updates are available in WMV and MP4 with WMV under the QT column and MP4 under the WMV column. WMV doesnt work with QT and MP4 doesnt work with WMP.
-Lack of screencaps for videos, just a single thumbnail.
-Video resolution subpar - 400x300 for those without big/small choices, 320x240 for those with big/small choices (yes, both are 320x240)
-All softcore, but that is Aria's nature - she doesn't do hardcore. This is a "Just know what you are getting with membership" point, though.
-Diary last updated in 2006, live appearances in early 2008.
-Update schedule a little suspect
-Archived videos are worthless
-No ZIP downloads for galleries!!!
-Expensive and another site with that ridiculous pricing scheme to prevent drive-bys: $25 for the first month, $20 thereafter.
This is one of the more disappointing sites devoted to a single girl. Aria Giovanni is smoking hot, no denying that, but the site lacks a lot for what it offers.
*The site prides itself on providing a variety of image galleries of Aria, so what should any normal person expect? ZIP DOWNLOADS! There is not a single zip download anywhere.
*Videos are not the focus of the site, but they do provide them and update the library, so what should you expect for a site that makes original videos and not many of them? HIGH RESOLUTION and HIGH QUALITY! The resolution sucks, and the quality sucks.
I've seen other girl sites and they handle content correctly, providing the ZIP downloads, high quality video encoding, non-watermarked images, etc. Aria's site just lacks these little things that should be expected for this type of site. I can understand underwhelming resolution and DVD sites like VideoBox (although they don't do that) because of hard drive space constraints, and I can understand preventing ZIP downloads for sites like Twistys (although they don't do that) that don't offer 100% exclusive content, but Aria's site doesn't fall under either category. All content is 100% exclusive, and the limited number of videos should never put a burden on HD space, so it is hard to understand the lack of ZIP downloads and HQ video resolutions. Maybe it is because the site is just generally underwhelming...
I give it a higher-than-expected 75 rating because I'm rating the site on a scale for one-girl-focus sites. If I were to put this site in the same genre as VideoBox I would give it a 50 because VideoBox is such a better value. But when you compare Aria's site to other sites that feature a single girl then it is not TERRIBLE, just underwhelming.
Was a member approx. 1 month prior to this review.
- Aria, nothing else needs to be said about her.
- Tons of pictures, some videos that are probably more "sexual" than you would expect.
- Amateur content is probably the closest you will see to almost hardcore
- Candid pictures let you see the regular Aria
- Ok Aria, enough is enough, everybody knows with that body you are not a good girl all the time!
- No hardcore (insert curse word)
- Picture quality could be better, I've seen most of the pictures on free sites or even in google searches, same quality as here.
- Maybe it is just me but I feel weird that my credit card statement says, paid to Aria Giovanni, that could be a con for you discrete ones
Aria Giovanni first got my attention when she was first starting out on another site. It was a little more hardcorish than what we now get from her.
Aria according to my wife is an acquired taste. You know it, I made a joke when she said that, but seriously, I can understand what she means. If you like big natural breasts, join. If you like exotic looking women with more curves than should be legal, join. If you like a woman who is drop dead gorgeous and near perfect (according to standards that most women judge themselves by) maybe think about it a little longer. She isn't the prettiest woman you will see. She even has a little extra jiggle in her wiggle than some men would like. For me, it is a join without question.
I find her very attractive, the picture sets while not great resolution can always be zoomed in on. She really seems like a nice woman and maybe that is why she doesn't do hardcore, but are we here to see nice women? Some are and if you want to see a near perfect figure when looking at art or sculptures of a perfect woman, then Aria might just inspire you to join a sculpture class. She is that traditional perfect curvy woman.
My complaints are the quality, lack of hardcore, not even much masturbation. If her looks are enough for you, then you should have joined already. She really has a nice variety of picture sets, Amateur, Glamour, Candid, etc.. and each has thousands and thousands of pictures. She shows everything if you wonder. I recommend it!
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