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Visit The Mosh Room

The Mosh Room
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90.0
Status: Was a member approx. 6 months prior to this review.
Pros: - Official site of Russian-born US-resident alt model Mosh.
- No tattoos, nipples pierced, hair bleached white.
- 350+ photo sets. 90% at 1200x800px. 40 images per set.
- Sets have info on photographer, designer, make up artist, venue, ...
- Lots of unusual poses. More artistic than erotic
- Latex, vintage stockings and clothing, high heels.
- 40 videos. 50% at 640x480, 25% at 320x240, 25% at 720x400 or higher.
- Lots of information on the model's live and career.
- Modeling tips section. Infrequent diary with pictures.
- 6-8 new photo sets per month.
- ccbill. No regional pricing.
Cons: - Few videos and at very low resolution.
- No zip files. Photos open in a page of their own.
- Sets are only grouped by year of release. No categories.
- Content engine needs a makeover.
- Smallish pictures.
- Interaction limited to email. No member chats, phased out forum.
- Site is somewhat slow. Downloading and browsing.
- Hard to read the texts: center justified and tiny font.
Bottom Line: I believe there is a big gap between alt modeling and my tastes. Latex fetish, stockings, garters, vintage clothes, burlesque or pin up style are not my thing. The Mosh Room is the solo site of an alt model that has lots of things that are not my cup of tea and, yet, I liked this site quite a lot and Iíd recommend anyone to at least take a look at the free tour.

The alt adjective doesnít come from her body modifications: she has a very unique look but no tattoos at all and just some discrete nipple and ear piercings. She does have extremely pale skin and hair bleached white. I guess the alt adjective comes from a mix of her looks, her taste in style (pin up, vintage stockings, latex, extremely high heels) and the unusual, yet jawdropping, poses she bends herself into for pictures.

According to the very detailed about me section, Mosh trained as a gymnast since childhood. Saying merely that she is flexible would be a huge understatement. She has a perfect control of her body: every pose is different but every pose is a winner. For instance, I'm in awe of how she uses her hands, how she manages to bring something more to already extraordinary poses by the way her hands are placed and tensed. Itís difficult to put in words the uniqueness of the end results.

The photos come from many different photographers but, even though, I got the feeling that she has a lot to say on how she gets shot so all sets end up having some sort of ďMosh styleĒ. Unfortunately, the 350+ photo sets are dumped into a single huge listing sorted by release date. Apart from adding listings for categories (latex, nude, stockings, ...) it would make a lot of sense to group or, at least, make sets searchable by the metadata that is shown when you open them: photographer, garments designer and so on.

The site has much more text pages than the usual solo site: tips, diaries, biography, faqs but interaction seems to be limited to email. She periodically posts publicly replies to emails she gets, specially when itís other models asking for advice. Looks like there were some webcam chats at some point and also a forum of some sorts but nothing seem to be going on in that direction currently.

06-04-12  02:44pm

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Review
2
Visit Pornpros Mobile

Pornpros Mobile
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80.0
Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: - Mobile version of Porn Pros Network.
- Accessible with main network membership.
- Big buttons, clean layout, simple structure.
- Two layout versions : light and regular.
- Images are 480x320. 8-10 per scene. All landscape.
- Mobile-friendly image slideshow implementation.
- Videos: MP4 400x224 (800 & 300bps), 3gp 352x288 (300bps).
- All videos also available in 8 parts (highest resolution only).
- Video parts have representative thumbnails.
- Links to mobile versions of official blog and twitter.
- Scenes grouped by site, category, stars or date order.
- Ads for other sites don't get in the way.
- No need to login on every visit.
Cons: - They claim 6,000+ scenes but ďonlyĒ have around 2,200.
- Fixed 320px site width. May look small on newest devices.
- Only 10 images per scene.
- Older scenes have no pictures or not all video formats.
- No scene trailers but mobile free tour has them.
- Search function doesnít work for model names.
- On scene page, no info on which site it comes from.
- Video and images resolutions may be too low for newest devices.
- Several minor bugs make the experience less pleasing.
- Pictures don't work in light version.
- Nags as in main site: scene recycling, model identification, etc.
Bottom Line: This is the mobile version of US reality porn site Porn Pros Network. Itís a simple yet complete site, good for checking new updates and for the occasional viewing. Things go increasingly bad in older scenes: as you go backwards in time, you start finding scenes with no photos, videos or any content at all. As I've said in the past speaking of mobile porn sites from other networks, I donít think itís worth signing up just for the mobile site but it's a nice addition to the main membership.

The picture part is remarkable even though they offer 10 images per scene at most. Instead of mimicking whatís usually available in non-mobile sites (hundreds of images, many of them almost identical, in a thumbnail gallery) they go for a slideshow with the most representative landscape ones. A single orientation is good because you donít have to keep rotating your phone to make the most of your screen real estate. Images donít seem to be picked at random and I was under the impression that not all images were also available in the main site. Next image is automatically preloaded and clicking next loads image without refreshing page, so getting an idea of what kind of images the scene has is fast. You may get back to the main scene page by a simple back button click. All around, a simple but thought-out functionality.

Video viewing is fairly well done. Iíd appreciate getting trailers, tough. Just as viewing 10 images serves great for sampling the pictures from an update, it would make sense if they offered in the members section the trailers that are already available in the mobile free tour. Trailers are also available inside main members area.

Flaws from the main site crept into the mobile version. Scenes that the main site recycles get recycled here too. My pet peeve is the lack of proper model identification. They only have room for one model name; with luck, one of the models gets her name entered but some scenes get just two first names. The mobile site has flaws and bugs of its own, like some weird issues with the numbering in galleries and failing to identify in a scene page what site it comes from.

There are some extras that make sense in a mobile site. Thereís a twitter feed of the most recent tweets from PornPros official account, although thereís something wrong with its integration with the official Twitter App. They also have a mobile optimized version of their blog and the BTS videos played without issues on my phone.

01-22-12  02:39pm

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Review
3
Visit Melissa Debling

Melissa Debling
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79.0
Status: Was a member approx. 3 months prior to this review.
Pros: - Official site of UK glamour model Melissa Debling.
- 5í3Ē, blonde, curvy, big boobs, no tattoo.
- 50+ photo sets. Average 100 photos per set.
- 1200x800 (75%), 1600x1050 (25%). 75% are portrait.
- Solo teasing in casual clothes. Up to topless.
- 60+ videos. 60% photo-shoot BTS, 40% camera teasing.
- Flash format, 720x400. Avg 5 Mbps video rate, 5 minutes long.
- Lots of closeups on boobs and ass in videos.
- One new photo gallery and one new video per week.
- A little bit of interaction: forum, short blog entries.
- Free tour makes me think itís still updating.
- Free tour claims you may now also access other solo sites.
- Shop offers prints, posters and other merchandising.
- Billed by epoch. No regional pricing.
Cons: - Model has recently been tweeting against joining this site.
- Most likely they wonít be updating/online for much longer.
- No metadata on photo galleries, videos (no release date, etc).
- Galleries compressed in RAR format instead of ZIP.
- RARs become available some days after gallery release.
- Slow motion segments, unrelated new-age music on every video.
- Videos are streaming only. No downloads available.
- No link between same sceneís photos, tease video and BTS.
- No webcam chats despite free tour lists the feature.
- No way to privately message the model.
Bottom Line: This is or, more precisely, was the official site of UK glamour model Melissa Debling. Melissa Debling is blonde, petite, curvy and has a phenomenal rack and no tattoos. She has appeared in UK menís Magazines like Nuts and Zoo, on the page 3 of tabloids and also on UK glamour websites like Only All Sites. I was reluctant to join this site after my experience with Official Lindsey Strutt from the same company but her looks made me take the plunge.

The type of content is very similar to that on Official Lindsey Strutt: very tame posing up to topless in casual clothes (almost no pantyhose, thank God). Videos are somewhat better here even though a bit repetitive. You get almost every video twice: as BTS of the photo shoot and as a tease segment. The only difference between the two is that in the tease segment the model looks at the camera while in the BTS she looks at the photographer. Melissa Debling seemed slightly more involved with the site, periodically replying to forum messages and posting short blog entries regularly but Iím pretty sure that has stopped.

Itís unclear whether this site will stay much longer online. Melissa Debling has for some time been warning on Tweeter not to join this site anymore. Even though, I see the site is now offering 3 and 6 month memberships. Free tour shows photo sets that have been released since my membership expired, but it seems unlikely they have enough new material to fill the next 6 months if the model is no longer shooting with them. You do get access to other sites from the company, which I didnít get when I was a member.

I honestly donít know whatís wrong with this company that keeps closing its sites after just a few months life. I was a member of a site from this company that closed without any explanation shortly after I knew about it as a new listing on TBP. Several sites from them are no longer accepting memberships or are plain and simply deleted after a very short time online.

01-01-12  10:35am

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Review
4
Visit Glamour Stars Live

Glamour Stars Live
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75.0
Status: Current Member for over 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: - Many UK glamour models listed for cam chat.
- 1 on 1 chat: 3 credit/minute. Group shows: 10 credit/show.
- 1 credit = 1 USD. No regional pricing.
- All models have the same rates.
- Models seen on Only Tease, Pin-Up Wow and similar sites.
- Info on modelís bio and sites where she may be seen.
- May book some of the models for 1 on 1 cam shows in advance.
- Models list what outfits they have available for ďfantasiesĒ.
- Good schedule info. Models mostly honor it.
- Decent credit usage and billing log for the last month.
- VIP membership available.
- Opt-in email alerts when particular model comes online.
- Receive some free credits when buying credits in bulk.
- ccbill.
Cons: - Only around 60 models listed.
- No models from outside UK.
- 5 models online at most.
- Rarely any model online except for UK evening time.
- Anything but chatting requires extra tip
- Up to teasing requires 25 credits tip; topless, 50; nude, 100.
- Canít see or talk to model prior to entering 1 on 1 show.
- Show window opens in a small old-fashioned pop up.
- Chat features are limited in comparison to other cam sites.
- No favorites feature, no recording, no chat logs.
- No cam to cam, no private spying, no free chat.
- Email alerts are difficult to manage.
- Credit usage and billing logs only for last month.
- Must contact site to know what VIP membership offers.
Bottom Line: Glamour Stars Live lets you chat with UK glamour models on cam. The site itself is quite well built and provides a lot of info but the chat part is extremely lacking compared to other cam sites. It also becomes expensive if you want anything but chatting with a sitting model in lingerie.

Only Tease has its own clone of the site, OTCams. Username and password are valid at both sites. I assume sites work the exact same way apart from some minor layout and color changes. I only noticed that Glamour Stars Live has more info on which sites a particular model has appeared in while OTCams only links to Only Tease. I felt they both should consider adding links to particular sets instead of generic links to sitesí home pages.

In my personal experience, I encountered the same situation described at the TBP Review: model expected to only chat for the regular 3 credits per minute price. Iím not sure the model was fully aware of how the tips worked; I still donít fully understand it myself. Thereís a cumbersome graph chart on the siteís menu ďHow it WorksĒ section: I expected tipping 25 credits would get her to stand up and tease but it looked like what the model expected from me the most was to ask for it politely.

As for technical quality of the chat, in my case, image quality was sub-par, I didnít get audio and was repeatedly disconnected from the chat. But I see some models in the listing now with HD signs, I remember the old-fashioned cam interface had audio controls and the model acknowledged she was using wireless. So, problems were most likely due to that particular modelís setup.

Apart from 1 on 1 chats, site also offers scheduled group shows at 10 credits for the whole session. Members are encouraged to buy tickets in advance. All group shows are scheduled some days in advance and start around 10pm UK time (11pm CET) which is 2pm - 5pm in the US. About that time is also when most models are online, accepting 1 on 1 shows. Never saw more than 4-5 online at the same time, though. When you buy credits for the first time, you get a free ticket. I first tried to use it on a show that was eventually cancelled and got my free ticket back.

I lost interest in this site as fast as I lost interest in the model that brought me here. If I appreciated the fact that Only Tease doesnít have a single set where the model doesnít wear stockings, pantyhose or socks, Iíd probably be a recurring member there and still be using this site periodically to catch my favoritesí shows.

12-26-11  04:11am

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Review
5
Visit BangbrosNetwork Mobile

BangbrosNetwork Mobile
(0)

60.0
Status: Current Member for over 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: - Mobile version of Bangbros Network.
- All new content is available here at the same time.
- Bangbros Network login works here too.
- No need to login every time you visit the site.
- 1,530 scenes (everything since November, 2009).
- Same size pictures as regular site (new ones, 2000x1300).
- Screencaps for all updates.
- One format for videos: 480x360 MP4 900kbps.
- Easy to browse around on a phone.
- May jump several pages (in galleries or scene lists).
- Good metadata: all modelsí names on multi-model updates.
- Browse videos by ďDateĒ, ďTop RatedĒ and filter by categories.
- Browse models by ďTop RatedĒ or ďLatestĒ.
Cons: - Only 1/3 of all BangBros Network scenes are available.
- 320px wide layout raises issues when flipping device.
- Only one format for videos. No trailers.
- I was unable to play any video on my phone.
- The videos I managed to download were letterboxed.
- Thumbnails of portrait images appear distorted.
- Full size images may be too big for a mobile site (2 Mbytes).
- No Search or Alphabetical model browsing.
- None of regular siteís social features: likes, favorites, ratings.
Bottom Line: This is the mobile ďoptimizedĒ version of Bangbros Network. You may access it with any browser but it wouldnít make sense doing it from anything but a phone. It has a fixed width of 320 pixels. 320x480 was the resolution of the first 3 generations of the iPhone (until iPhone 4) and most of the first mobile ďoptimizedĒ sites were in fact ďiPhoneĒ optimized. Nowadays, it doesnít make any sense to force a fixed width on a mobile site given there are much more devices that may benefit from a mobile version, each with its own resolution. I donít know if itís related to this but the page doesnít re-render to fill the screen when I flip my phone to landscape mode; this is frustrating and rare for a mobile site.

I had serious issues with videos. For some reason, I couldnít get any video to stream or download on my phone, getting server not found errors or my phone plain refusing to play them. On my desktop computer, I managed to download some but they all were saved as ďmembercheckĒ, without extension. Windows Media Player Classic couldnít play them, not even adding an .mp4 extension but VLC did. I honestly donít know whatís wrong with them. Even if your device has no problem with the videos, youíll probably wish they had trailers.

As for the photos, they have the same issue as the regular Bangbros Network site: all thumbnails are displayed with the same 150x100 dimensions. The actual thumbnail images have the right dimensions but they are scaled through HTML on the page; this obviously renders portrait thumbnails absolutely distorted. They shoot mainly landscape photos but the issue sometimes appears from the first photo: when they shoot ďpretty girlĒ photos in portrait mode. Other than that, itís fairly easy to move around and jump several pages forward to avoid repeated photos. Screencaps are welcome.

As it is now, it has little use but to know which scenes have been released recently. No video access and there are several issues with photo browsing. Theyíve recently launched a new version of the regular members area where they have finally solved the issue with thumbnails. Hope they bring some of that to the mobile site. Bangbros Network has some great content but its mobile site has a lot of room for improvement.

10-16-11  03:37am

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Review
6
Visit Reality Kings Mobile

Reality Kings Mobile
(0)

80.0
Status: Current Member for over 1 year (at the time of review).
Pros: - Mobile version of porn network Reality Kings.
- All new Reality Kings videos and pictures are available.
- Accessible with regular Reality Kings membership.
- Choose Big, Medium or Light layout to better use device capabilities.
- Quite usable site: page elements are easy to tap.
- They seem to be actively working to improve it.
- 3 video options: MP4 480x270 800kbps, MP4 320x180 300kbps and 3GP.
- Trailers for all scenes released.
- Pictures available at 900x600 (same size as in the regular site).
- Easy to browse latest scenes released.
- Find older scenes through model index, category list or text search.
Cons: - ďBigĒ site layout lacks various features available in ďLightĒ or ďMediumĒ.
- Only 6 scenes per page is a bit too few. Iíd rather scroll than tap.
- Updates with 2+ models list previous scenes from just one of them.
- Not all old scenes are available: 30% less scenes than regular site.
- Lots of room for improvement in picture browsing.
- Picture thumbnail files are not optimized for the mobile site.
- No screencaps browsing. No favorites feature.
- 1080p videos are not available. Some devices might use them?
- Big ads for other sites at the bottom of each page.
Bottom Line: I really like Reality Kings content. Iíve had a recurring membership for over a year to their regular site and every week I find several scenes that I enjoy. Since my Reality Kings login and password work for this mobile version, I decided to give it a try.

Iíve found myself using Reality Kings Mobile occasionally with my phone to check what new scenes had been released recently. Navigation is quite good and itís easy to tap on links, buttons and images. Next and previous page buttons are the only ones I found a bit too narrow. Iíve stayed so far with scene description pages and pictures while on data connection. A single video would eat up my high-speed data quota.

The site has its glitches. Most of the cons listed are just slight annoyances but itís surprising that the ďBigĒ layout doesnít have the option to show scenes in chronological order: home page doesnít show the last ones released but what they deem most popular instead. ďBigĒ has all kinds of flashy navigation elements but lacks what I feel is the most useful feature. I always use ďMediumĒ for that reason.

But they do seem to be actively working on it. For instance, until recently, you only got the last 6 scenes released on the home page and you couldnít navigate to previous updates as you may do at Reality Kings regular site. Now thereís an option to keep browsing back: itís 735+ pages at 6 updates each but, if youíve missed 3-4 days of updates, you may find those scenes with a single tap instead of being completely ignorant of them. Also, I havenít had any issue with trailers recently even though, when I first tried, I kept getting the same wrong trailer for every scene.

Since I mainly use this site for picture browsing, Iíd really like if they could improve that area. My three wishes are: mobile optimized thumbnails, easy access to key points in the scene and next/previous picture buttons.

I wish they generated mobile optimized thumbnails to speed up access on a data connection: they are using the exact same thumbnails as on the regular site reducing them to a smaller size through HTML only. Pity. Also, I donít mind many repeated images in a gallery but, when browsing images on the regular site, I often jump a couple pages to see how the girl fares at blowjob or how she looks fully nude; here, you may only jump one page at a time, which makes getting to the cumshot pictures almost impossible. Last, I wish they had some way to move back and forth through the gallery from the full size images; right now, you have to keep hitting the back button because full size images are dead ends with no links.

If you plan to watch videos, connect to it via wifi or keep in mind what limits your data plan contract has because, although they are mobile optimized, the bigger ones easily get to 200 Mbytes.

10-01-11  10:30am

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7
Visit Christina Ryder

Christina Ryder
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65.0
Status: Was a member approx. 6 months prior to this review.
Pros: - Official site of cam model Christina Ryder aka KissChristina.
- No tattoos. A couple small piercings. Decent boob job.
- 30+ photo galleries. Mostly solo with some toys.
- Maximum resolution: 1200x800. 20 photos per set. Zips.
- A couple boy-girl photo sets. Blowjob only, fixed camera.
- 25+ videos. Mostly solo, a couple blowjobs and 1 intercourse.
- Maximum resolution: 1280x720, 1500kbps.
- Videos available both for download and stream.
- Photos and videos from same set are linked.
- OK site for a cam girl.
- Actively working to improve the site.
Cons: - Amateur flare in all content.
- Updates are not dated. They don't come regularly.
- Certificate error alert when accessing video streams.
- Small photos. Some sets are all or in part screengrabs of videos.
- Photos and videos are almost always taken at the same room.
- Fixed camera in most videos.
- Interaction via email only. No webcam chats for members.
- Little behind the scenes content.
- Blog and forum already available in free section.
- Empty "archives" section. Maybe it's for webcam shows.
Bottom Line: In my experience, it's not unusual among cam models to aspire to have a site of their own. As any solo site project (including those from porn stars), launch dates keep getting postponed for whatever reasons and, more often than not, the project is eventually abandoned. So, despite the content at this site is quite ordinary, the model deserves some praise for having ended up launching what seems mainly a personal project: still camera, very limited locations, solo or boy-girl with husband/boyfriend, etc.

Even though it's far from extraordinary, the site certainly will have some appeal to those interested in the model. The model is, in fact, selling individual videos at the site where she cams. Most likely, those are the same videos being offered here. I haven't checked the current price of her individual videos but, given the ludicrous prices models are charging for videos at that cam site, you'll certainly get a better deal joining her official site.

An also important downside for me was that, even though it's the official site of a model who makes live webcam shows on a daily basis, there were no plans to host shows for members of the site only. There was a webcam section that threw the same weird security errors that were being thrown at video streaming pages but, after asking the model directly about members-only cam shows, I came to the conclusion there were no plans to solve it. It's been 5 months since I was a member so things may have changed.

Good thing is they seemed to be actively working on the site. I saw some bugs being solved while I was a member even though I personally hadn't reported them. Checking the free section while finishing this review, I realized some of the cons I had noted back in the day are no longer so. For instance, when I was a member, I'm pretty sure there was no indication on which webcam site you could find the model doing live cam shows at. Now it's pretty clear in the free section. Maybe most members sign up after knowing about the model at the site where she cams but there are endless ways a user may stumble upon a pay site. I see they've also added a forum section, even though it's already available in the free section.

08-22-11  02:55pm

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8
Visit Jordan Carver

Jordan Carver
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80.0
Status: Was a member approx. 5 months prior to this review.
Pros: - Official site of huge boobed German model Jordan Carver.
- Slim figure, no tattoos or piercings.
- All content is non-nude, solo, pin up style, often humorous.
- Most content is exclusive and looks professionally shot.
- Nice choice of big sized bras and bikinis.
- Interesting locations: nature, industrial settings, mansions.
- 70+ photo galleries. 25 photos per set. 65% portrait.
- 80% at least at 1920x1280 resolution. Few at less than 1500x1000.
- Separate candid (50+ galleries) and BTS (25+) sections.
- 20+ HD streaming videos. Available at up to 1280x720.
- Vignette style videos. A few have some kind of script.
- Occasional promotions, like iPad raffle for new users at Christmas.
- Meet and greet with fans in real life.
- Billed by ccbill. Lower price when recurring.
Cons: - Update schedule not clear. Updates are not dated either.
- Photo sets are not available in zip format for download.
- Lighting in some photo sets isnít stellar.
- No link between photos and video from same set.
- Videos are streaming only. Hosted at Vimeo.
- Background music and slow motion segments in all videos.
- Members may leave comments on updates only at a public blog.
- No user forum, or chats but model is active in social networks.
- Not all sets were available in HI-RES in the past.
- Regional pricing.
Bottom Line: This is the official site of Jordan Carver, a relatively slim but very big boobed model from Germany who, I believe, currently lives in the US. No tattoos or piercings. I think itís inevitable to compare it with Denise Milaniís now defunct site. This site is pretty similar, both in model looks and type of content even though Iíd have preferred this one to have a clearer update schedule and be able to download videos. Jordan Carverís only adult work outside her site seems to be also the occasional photo shoot for Pinup Files, which are also available here.

I was a member of the site right at the beginning and also nine months later. At first, they had no videos and had a weird policy of not offering high resolution photos of all sets right away but had them available in low resolution for a couple weeks before releasing them in zip format and at higher resolution; they claimed this was to thwart piracy. A year later, the site was much more professional looking, videos were being offered (although few and streaming only) and they had all sets at a decent 1920x1280 resolution from day one albeit zip files were no longer being offered.

Content is strictly non-nude, meaning the model may get fully undressed but nipples or pubic region always stay covered by hands, garment or prop. Thereís always some kind of humor in the photo sets and specially in the candids and BTS photos; there are just as much regular photo sets as candids and BTS combined. It would have been nice to have regular sets linked to their BTS / candid set and video (those few that have a matching video).

They put a lot of work into editing and shooting the videos but maybe they push a bit too far the artsy part. Thereís always background music, not really obtrusive since the model just poses but itís hard to hear what the model says; she does speak in some of them. They also abuse of slow motion and black and white segments. I also didnít get why some of the scripted videos revolved around the model being in danger, like being kidnapped or stalked. It looked cheap to me that they use Vimeo to host their videos; as far as I know, thatís a free video hosting service.

It also looked cheap that they used a blog at Blogger for membersí comments on updates. There arenít any webcam chats or membersí forum but they had a few funny video diaries on site. Jordan Carver was also active on facebook and twitter.

07-03-11  09:05am

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9
Visit My Free Cams

My Free Cams
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85.0
Status: Was a member approx. 2 months prior to this review.
Pros: - 1,000 models online at any time. Many from US, Canada, UK.
- Unusual cam site: each room is different and has its own rules.
- Public chat may have nudity, masturbation, girl- girl action.
- Token packages vary from 0.10 to 0.08 USD/token.
- Same price/minute for all models: private, 60 tokens; spy, 20; group, 10.
- All private shows recorded by the site. Unlimited free replays.
- Archive of all text chats: public, private, group or private messaging.
- Token tips as a currency: videos, panties, skype shows, raffle tickets, ...
- Detailed log of tokens spent: tips, privates or group chats.
- Model profiles often have room rules and contact info (email, twitter).
- May opt to receive free SMS or email when favorites come online.
- Interaction with fellow members: lounge, messaging, watch their cam.
- Ignore option for all guests or basic users or any particular member.
- Models get 0.05USD/token: around 60%; at other cam sites, 30-35%.
- Billed by ccbill or epoch. No regional pricing.
Cons: - Myspace ainít dead: it lives in most models profile layouts.
- Chat allows irritating emoticons and font face/color combinations.
- Very unpolished interface: pop-ups, ugly icons, frames.
- Buggy site: random lags and stutters. Every browser has own issues.
- Site often fails to notify when favorites come online or finish a private.
- ĒTrue privateĒ shows, where no one may spy, cost 80 tokens/minute.
- Lack of categorization: geographic region or model self-tags only.
- Models often ask for 100+ tokens to Private Message them.
- Daily spending limit for new members is too high (300+ USD).
- Very few adult models or porn stars. Almost none is popular here.
- Many models are obsessed with their Cam Score or ranking.
- There doesnít seem to be any policing / moderation.
- Boy- girl shows are not allowed but some models offer them off-site.
- Some members tip obscenely high amounts to models.
Bottom Line: This is a pretty unusual cam site which probably explains its popularity. I have, in fact, seen models who were popular at other sites switch to this one. You do have the chance to take a model private / group as in any cam site. But then there are the tips and the public sex shows for tips.

Some models donít even accept privates; the way they get tokens, apart from the occasional public show, varies from just sitting on public room talking to viewers and thanking them for tips they send out of free will to playing a game or setting up some scheme of their own so people send tokens their way. They may also have some raffle going on, whether itís for an iPod, used panties or, occasionally, a chance to meet them in person. Some take this a step further and bring along their cam while driving, laying on the beach, riding a train or on a plane. And people still tip them. Believe it or not, some of these are quite up in the rankings, meaning they probably make more tokens than others that just do sex shows.

Even though every room is different, site offers models few tools to manage it. Models may set up a room topic (a line of text at the top of the page) and have a profile page where they may explain what they offer at length. But apart from that, site offers nothing but tip collecting. For instance, if she sets a countdown for a public show, she has to notice all tips and subtract them from the goal, using a calculator if needed. Raffles usually require a supply of papers, pencil and a fish bowl: you tip and, if the model notices, writes your name in as many papers as the tip allows and puts them in the fish bowl. Raffle always last for days but thereís no public record of existing raffle tickets.

Public room may also be watched with a free account (basic users) or even with no account at all (guests). Models may block guests (almost always) and basics (frequently) from talking. Since public shows are easily recorded on the userís computer and end up around the Internet, itís not usual for models to add some kind of watermark on their cam feed with their name to get some credit.

While other cam sites try to milk every bit of interaction between members and models, MFC looks the other way when models offer skype shows in exchange for paypal or amazon wish list gifts. Needless to say that email address, twitter account or personal website address will be listed on their profile. Itís not unusual to see models offering to sell used panties, videos, picture sets or even their private phone number for a certain amount of tokens or its equivalent in paypal / gifts. Site also prides itself on giving most of the earnings to models; many models publicly say that they are getting 0.05 USD/token which is around 60% of what users pay; afaik, other sites pay models 35% at most. The downside is that you end up underestimating your tips because itís easier to calculate what the models get (x0.05) than what it costs you (x0.08+).

06-26-11  04:08am

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Visit Janessa Brazil

Janessa Brazil
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89.0
Status: Was a member approx. 6 months prior to this review.
Pros: - Solo site of Brazilian-born US-Resident cam girl Janessa Brazil.
- 100+ videos. 960x540, 4000kbps. WMV and MP4.
- 120+ photo galleries. 1600x1065, 70% portrait.
- Mostly solo with toys. Some girl-girl with other cam girls.
- Updates are dated and searchable by outfit, sex act, setting.
- The most interaction Iíve ever seen in a solo model site.
- Three 1-hour webcam chats per week at different times.
- Webcam chats are archived. Currently, more than 250.
- Model is extremely active in a members-only forum.
- Voyeur cam at her house plus daily journal with pictures
- Bonus access to similar live chats from others models.
- Weekly calendar of scheduled updates / cam shows.
Cons: - Deficient ambient sound in most videos: echoes, music playing.
- Many repetitive photos on solo sets.
- Many videos are shot with fixed camera and at the same room
- Not all photo sets are downloadable in zip format.
- Site design is very plain.
- Free tour is a bit outdated. Not enticing or informative enough.
- Little info on the modelís work at other sites in the Bio section.
- Perhaps interaction goes a bit too far.
Bottom Line: This is the official site of adult model and cam girl Janessa Brazil. Born in Brazil, has been living in the US for over 10 years. She has a fit latina body, a beautifully expressive face and a sexy hint of a Brazilian accent. No tattoos, just a belly button piercing. She has a boob job, although a decent one.

Photos and videos werenít extraordinary. They were at decent sizes but they werenít top of the line erotic content. It specially stood out the bad sound quality in many of the videos: hearing loud indoor echoes when the model spoke or faded music from a nearby stereo wasnít exactly a turn on. I also found too many similar pictures in the same gallery; they should do some editing to keep the best ones. But the model is nice, knows how to pose and thereís a lot of variety.

The site shined at interaction. Iíve never seen a solo site host each week three one-hour webcam chats at different times for international members convenience. Chats were hosted at 3-4 different cam networks, so you also got access to chats from other girls. I donít recommend the Camz.com ones because they were too crowded. The least crowded ones were the ones hosted at Streamate.com since the only way non-members may access them is by paying a high per-minute fee. All cam shows seem to be archived and downloadable from a single section on the site regardless of the network they took place at.

Despite the interaction, I felt the site lacked info on what other adult work Janessa Brazil has done. You had to sift through forum and chat archives to learn that she might have been on the pages of Penthouse or that she has appeared on Howard Sternís show. She often talked about non-site shoots but I honestly donít know if that meant adult work or not.

Iíve often complained about lacking interaction at solo sites but maybe, just maybe, interaction here goes a bit too far. I attended only a couple cam shows but I saw the model ask her burly passing-by boyfriend to say hi to her members or how she kept turning the camera to show her ďadorableĒ dogs lying on the sofa or how some members kept bragging about the last outfit or gadget they had bought her (agreed, I was a member in the beginning of the year: Christmas, Valentineís Day and modelís birthday in a row). You may get an interaction overdose if you attend the 3 one-hour weekly chats plus keep checking the message board, voyeur cam, daily journal, tweets and so on.

06-14-11  12:19pm

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Visit Planet Anita

Planet Anita
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75.0
Status: Was a member approx. 6 months prior to this review.
Pros: - Official site of US-resident, Hungarian adult model Anita Dark.
- Site has been running for about 10 years.
- Free section shows exactly what youíll get inside.
- All updates are dated.
- Newest videos (10%) at 800x452, WMV, 1000kbps.
- Content categorized in solo, girl-girl, boy-girl. Further subdivisions.
- Schedule of upcoming photo sets and videos.
- Still one of the most beautiful women in porn.
- ccbill.
Cons: - Low quality in old videos: 1-2 minute 320x240 MOVs.
- Very small images : 99% at 800x535.
- No Zip files for images.
- Other modelsí sets mixed with Anita Darkís (specially in boy-girl).
- Membership doesnít grant you additional interaction with model.
- Looks like interaction was much better in the past.
- Latest sets often consist of self-shot fixed-camera pictures.
- No webcam chats for members.
- No access to the other site from this company: Anitaís Angels.
- Regional pricing.
Bottom Line: This is the official site of Anita Dark, an Hungarian adult model that has been working in solo and girl-girl porn in the US for a long time but who got started in porn doing boy-girl in Europe more than 10 years ago. She has had this site for around 10 years.

Updates have been coming throughout these 10 years so thereís a lot of it even though most content shows its age mainly due to its very low resolutions. There are hundreds of videos but those released up until recently are almost unwatchable at present due to its tiny 320x240 size. This is specially harsh in her old boy-girl scenes, available in 1-2 minute segments in mov format at a very low bitrate. You get about 40 boy-girl scenes, though. On a side note, sheís currently doing boy-girl cam shows at Streamate.com on a regular basis.

Video quality has improved recently (around 30 videos at 800x452); short 3-4 minutes videos, mainly fixed camera strip teases indoors or BTS of outdoors shoots, also fixed camera. Not the best lighting conditions and techno music throughout so nothing spectacular. Pictures resolution hasnít improved and everything is still 800x535.

Interaction with Anita Dark through the site is currently almost non-existent: no forum, no webcam chats, no blog. Free section has a very generic news section (Happy Easter, Merry Christmas, etc) and lists her personal email although an inquiry I made to it while being a member wasnít answered. I feel members webcam chat would be pretty easy to set up. Itís funny that sheís pretty active on twitter, often promoting her site, but thereís no link here to her twitter account.

A couple years ago, I reviewed Club Anita and mentioned that, comparing Club Anitaís update list with the free section of Planet Anita, it looked like Club Anita had the same content as Planet Anita but was being released at a later time. The thing is, around Christmas, I found a very recent-looking sample Christmas-themed gallery of Club Anita which wasnít available here, neither as a previous year update. Planet Anita is the site Anita Dark is promoting as her official site but I really donít know which of the two sites is better to get the most recent content of Anita Dark and at the best resolution.

06-05-11  05:57am

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Visit Streamate.com

Streamate.com
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85.0
Status: Current Member for over 6 months (at the time of review).
Pros: - Lots of exclusive US hosts. Popular among US porn stars.
- 100s of the usual non-US hosts that may be found at other sites.
- Site is geared at facilitating chats: little more than chats is offered.
- You may mute other chat users and send your requests only to host.
- Most hosts I tried offer sound even in free chat.
- Pay chats may be private (group) or exclusive (1 on 1, full privacy).
- SMS alerts at no additional cost. Also, favorites RSS feeds.
- Negative reviews of performers are not censored.
- Not charged for peeking into a private show for a few seconds.
- Excellent log of money spent: in-site and by email.
- Billed by epoch. No regional pricing.
- No silly contests among members or among hosts.
- Additional membership to access weekly show plus its archive.
- Additional fan clubs (ďGoldclubsĒ) for HQ videos and photos of a host.
Cons: - Prices higher than at other sites (both US and non-exclusive).
- Non-exclusive hosts have higher cam quality at other sites.
- No info on how much time youíve been in current private.
- No alert when you are nearing daily limit while in private.
- Sorting options are easily lost while browsing.
- Almost no means to share experiences with fellow members.
- Hosts rarely honor the schedule on their profile.
- Sample photos of hosts are at very low quality.
- On a hostís profile, suggested similar hosts are never online.
- Occasionally, you find recorded shows passing as live ones.
- No clear taxonomy of online states: must enter host profile and guess a little to see how much ďonlineĒ she is (see separate comment on the subject).
- Too many clone sites. Whatís the difference with Cammodels?
Bottom Line: While some cam sites resemble a police state obsessed with milking every bit of interaction between you and the hosts and others are an anarchy full of amateur designs, emoticons and explicit sex in free chat, Streamate.com makes some sort of compromise.

You wonít see anything below the waist in free chat and contacting a host outside the site isnít encouraged but they donít charge you for simple things like sending an in-site message to a host and many hosts have twitter accounts. Hosts who have a site of their own often plug it while in free chat or even in their profile page.

I have a love-hate relationship with the siteís interface. On every chat window, thereís a button that mutes all other users and has your words only seen by hosts. Good both for blocking the peanut gallery and for privacy although the icon isnít exactly easy to understand. Also, you donít need to leave free chat to check hostís prices. On the other hand I found many issues in listings. I never manage to keep hosts sorted the way Iíd like and I feel the fact that a host appears as ďonlineĒ regardless of ďhow much onlineĒ she really is deserved a comment of its own here.

This site, and mainly its clone site Cammodels, are currently very popular among US porn stars. One of the reasons could be that Streamate offers a chat widget that may be embedded at the members area of a site and host member chats accessible at the same time via Streamate. Itís not unusual to find 10-15 fairly well known stars online at a given time, even at Europe-friendly hours.

Regarding private chats, they have a great log of all your past activities in the last 3 months: minutes and seconds spent with each host and on which day. Unfortunately, you donít get much info while in private. Not knowing how much time youíve been in your current private session is not unusual at other sites but they should at least tell you that you are about to hit your daily limit so you may properly end the session.

I find confusing the overabundance of clone sites that work the exact same way. US porn stars and hosts always post links to Cammodels, not Streamate.com. I would suggest anyone interested to join through Streamate.com and not a clone because Streamate.com offers registered users a preview of a hostís free chat when you place your mouse over her picture on a listing. None of the clone sites seems to offer it.

02-27-11  10:36am

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Visit Pure Ashley

Pure Ashley
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80.0
Status: Was a member approx. 1 month prior to this review.
Pros: - Official site of US adult model Ashley Jane aka Pure Ashley.
- All natural, no tattoos, couple piercings, hair dyed blond.
- Most content seems original and exclusive.
- 38 videos: 22 solo, 15 boy-girl, 1 girl-girl. 15 minutes on average.
- Video resolution: 720x480. WMV (1500kbps) or MP4 (900kbps).
- Videos available in streaming and download format.
- Videos are very diverse. Nice use of lingerie in many of them.
- Videos have no music. No one but the model utters a sound.
- 10+ solo galleries. 1,200 pictures. 1200x800. 90% portrait.
- Ashley Jane has done very little boy-girl outside this site.
- Much more fingering than toys in solo content.
- Blog updated a couple times a month with short entries.
- Cam shows allegedly taking place twice a week at 10pm EST.
Cons: - All videos are letterboxed and somewhat dark.
- Currently migrating to a new site interface. New and old available.
- Videos may be found only at old, only at new or at both sites.
- MP4 videos at the new site are at a lower bitrate: worse quality.
- New site features like scene rating or search donít work at all.
- Canít confirm chat schedule due to time zone differences.
- Cam shows are not archived.
- No updates in the last month.
- No zip files for photos.
- Non-descriptive file names in most videos.
Bottom Line: Pure Ashley is the official site of American adult model Ashley Jane. A 23 years old all natural girl with no tattoos but dyed hair and a couple piercings: clit and navel. Nice personality. She has also worked for other companies since 2009 doing solo, girl-girl and BDSM scenes and very little boy-girl content.

I enjoyed the videos a lot. Likely filmed by her boyfriend, who often joins in the action in POV. Thereís no fixed structure in the videos but Ashley Jane almost always starts explaining whatís going on, like what sexual craving she has at that moment, and she usually keeps talking to the camera through the video. The cameraman has the good sense of not uttering a word ever in reply which makes the videos even more enjoyable. He doesnít even moan when cumming. She does moan a lot but not so much as to feel unnatural. Lots more fingering than toys in solo scenes. Lots of blowjobs but also intercourse, handjobs and even a couple footjobs. I specially liked some boy-girl videos filmed in a sneaky manner: at a sex shop booth, in a dressing room at the mall after trying on some sexy panties or at a private poolís toilet. Sheís not shy of doing anal or swallowing occasionally.

The downside of the videos is that they are all dark and letterboxed to fit 4:3 format, which means lots of black bars when viewed in a widescreen monitor. The lighting issues go well with the flair of those scenes filmed in hiding but it doesnít make any sense in those filmed at home.

All photos are solo strip tease from sexy clothes ending in fingering. While searching for more content from Ashley Jane, I found out some of the sets are also available at ATK Premium sites : ATK Petites, at least. The girl-girl video also seems to come from a shoot for ATK.

Site currently has both an old and a new version. After logging in, you go to the old site and have a small link to the new one on top. The new version has a nicer interface, good previews and content is divided in categories but still has issues. MP4 videos at the new site look worse due to lower bitrate. I kept the WMV versions from the old site. New updates only appear at new site.

Regarding interaction, itís hard for me to tell. Webcam section announces weekly chats but they are scheduled in the middle of the night in my timezone and are not archived so I donít know if they are taking place. Some blog entries suggest they took place in the past but also that there were issues. Free tour lists a twitter and a facebook account but both have been shut down recently.

I canceled because they didnít update while I was a member. Not even a blog post showing site is still active. It doesnít look good either that Ashley Jane has disappeared from the social network scene. Iíd have stayed if they had released a new video weekly but Iíd appreciate if they could solve the technical problems in them: no letterboxing, more light and higher bitrate.

02-20-11  07:58am

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Visit iFriends

iFriends
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68.0
Status: Was a member approx. 3 months prior to this review.
Pros: - Decent image quality in private chat.
- Fan Clubs for additional content and interaction with hosts.
- Fan Club fee is free if you spend enough time with host per month.
- Fan Club members get discounts in privates.
- Itís OK to contact hosts online outside site.
- Buying credits in advance (wallet) gives you discount price.
- Various levels of membership with additional advantages.
- Account termination option if you want to leave.
- Didnít notice the unusual billing practices others reported.
- No regional pricing.
Cons: - Own billing provider: site knows your credit card number.
- You have to pay for every Fan Club you join.
- Fan Club content is at low resolution and not categorized.
- A host having a Fan Club doesnít mean she uses it at all.
- Site is extremely complicated and slow to navigate.
- They use its own made up jargon for every option.
- No exit button while in private: must close browser to leave.
- While in private chat, no indication of time spent so far.
- Site doesnít give any info on recently attended chats.
- No transactional emails when buying credits or chat time.
- May be alerted of favorites online by email only.
- Emails of any kind from the site get always flagged as spam.
- Important info in forms is often shown in the tiniest font.
- Cancellation forms do not always work. No email alternative.
- iFriends and host name appear in credit card statement.
Bottom Line: You will probably enjoy iFriends a lot and overlook its multiple shortcomings if you find hosts you like with an active Fan Club. But if you are looking for a regular cam site, thatís a completely different story.

The killer app at iFriends are the Fan Clubs. They were the first and other cam sites are starting to offer similar features. You may get photos and videos of the host plus interaction options and personal info. But downloading content or watching it at full resolution isnít easy and thereís no guarantee that the host will use all Fan Club options. Simple things like a schedule or a bio rarely get filled.

Most cam sites donít allow communication between clients and hosts outside the site. As a Fan Club member, not only you get hostís email address but also a pay-per-minute phone option. It may come handy while in private chat and it may also be used to phone the host at any time when not online. Hosts may opt out of these features.

iFriends site was slow and unnecessarily complicated for me. Chat streams played smoothly but loading any page took 10-15 seconds. When you click on and online host, the site tries to funnel you into private chat. Price per minute is written in a tiny font and away from the ďenter privateĒ button. An option to go to free chat instead is even better hidden. Free chat places a semi-translucent layer on top of the host: she may talk with you but you only see her ridiculously half hidden. And on and on.

Plus, they use their own naming for everything. An in-site message to a host is called an ďiFriends GramĒ. If you want to add a host to your favorites you have to send her an ďiFriends GramĒ but leave the message body empty and tick the checkbox that adds her to your favorites plus another one that will send email alerts when she comes online. They call credits ďmoney in your walletĒ and have a wallet icon floating on some of the pages.

They offer no info on how you are spending your money. Thereís no transactional email when you purchase something and thereís no recent privates section on the site. I had, in fact, to keep my own record with pen and paper and then check it against my credit card statement. Speaking of that, Iím not sure listing siteís and hostsí names in card statements is a great idea.

Not all cam sites offer a total account cancellation option. iFriends does offer it but you must go through a form that didnít work at first for me. I didnít find a tech support email but another non-working form. Everything worked fine when I tried again some days later and was able to cancel.

02-12-11  10:09am

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Visit Official Lindsey Strutt

Official Lindsey Strutt
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79.0
Status: Was a member approx. 1 month prior to this review.
Pros: -Official site of gorgeous UK glamour model Lindsey Strutt.
-Great looking all natural model. No tattoos, no piercings.
-Nice choice of clothing, lingerie and accessories.
-Model always ends posing topless. But no full nudity.
-Content looked original and exclusive to me.
-70 image sets. Average 80 images per set. 85% vertical.
-6 sets with Kayleigh Pearson or Staci Noblett. Rest, solo.
-Image sizes: 45% 850x567, 45% 1200x800, 10% 1600x1065.
-30 BTS videos. Specs vary a lot.
-Update schedule shown in a calendar.
-Currently updating photos and videos at these rates:
--1 new photo gallery every 6 days at 1600x1065.
--1 new wmv video every 6 days at 1920x1080 8500 kbps.
Cons: -No update metadata: no release date, no update name, etc.
-Image galleries are not available to download in zip format.
-Useless image thumbnails: all look either distorted or blurred.
-Inconsistent video formats and file naming.
-Only one format available per video.
-New HD videos are pillarboxed (aka reverse letterboxed).
-No video previews but a single thumbnail in the listing page.
-No interaction at all with the model.
-No webcam chats although announced to start 6 months ago.
-Useless message board: model logged just once to answer.
-Pointless diary option: candid photos with no caption at all.
-No information on who the model is (for those new to her).
-No access to other sites from this company.
Bottom Line: I came across this site because of the new listings section at The Best Porn. I had never heard of the model and I knew almost nothing about the glamour business in the UK but I liked her looks and decided to take the plunge.

I like the photos. She basically wears either bikinis by the pool or bra and panties indoors. Nice, simple sexy lingerie and none of those pantyhose that seem to be so popular in UK erotica. I cannot say the pictures are technically excellent (Iím not very savvy but I felt there were some lighting issues and too many similar shoots within a set) but, for a change, I enjoyed watching a beautiful woman with a perfect bust posing in sexy lingerie that didnít make her look too young or too slutty. I donít mind that she never shows anything below the waist but this could be an issue for some.

Videos, on the other hand, offer little. Leaving aside the fact that there are endless combinations of format (flv, mov, wmv - a couple of them are even offered compressed in RAR format for unknown reasons-), resolution (from as low as 384x288 up to 1920x1080 -but letterboxed from an original in 4:3 format also for unknown reasons-) and bitrate (from FLVs at 200 kbps to MOVs at 30,000 kbps), the ones I managed to play without stuttering on my not-so-old computer were basically 1 minute BTS clips with superimposed music. I believe Iíd have gotten a better impression had the site offered no videos at all.

As for the interaction, I came out of the site knowing as little about Lindsey Strutt as before. An ďAbout MeĒ section explaining who she is would have been welcome for those who are not in the UK. For instance, the diary section had some pictures of her with a bunch of soldiers. Turns out Lindsey Strutt went to Iraq to visit the troops as a spokesperson for UK magazine Nuts but I didnít learn about it here. Thereís no point in offering so many interaction options in the siteís menu (webcam chat, diary, message board) if you then make a half-hearted attempt at it or have an ďunder constructionĒ sign for a year.

In the end, looking at this and the other site from the same company I checked (Official Staci Noblett, no longer listed here), Iím under the impression the models are more interested in posing for magazines than working for their own site. At least for me, itís not worth staying a member of a solo site if I donít feel the girl is a bit involved in it. There are other good looking UK models Iíd never heard of who have a site with this company but, given the precedents, Iím afraid Iíll have to pass.

01-30-11  10:11am

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Visit Muffia

Muffia
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70.0
Status: Current Member for over 3 months (at the time of review).
Pros: -320 scenes on 10 very different sites.
-15 most recent scenes at 1024x560, 3000 kbps, MP4.
-Remaining scenes at up to 720x480, 1400 kbps, WMV.
-Very good flash player for streaming scenes.
-Good pictures, downloadable in zips (500 pics per scene).
-Great production values. Technically perfect.
-Still a very well-organized site. No additional features, though.
-Currently no download limit. Sustained 250 kbytes/s speed.
-White-label Naked.com webcams included.
-Free tour shows all 320 scenes you find inside.
Cons: -Video downloads not queueable: URLs valid for 2 hours only.
-Only 3 sites updading (2 new scenes weekly).
-No explanations on the drastic reduction in updates.
-No blog, no user forum, no site news, no scene comments.
-Their claim to be offering HD is very debatable.
-Still has metadata issues: mistaken performers or keywords.
-Free tour doesn't show release dates.
-There used to be a download limit earlier this year.
Bottom Line: I didn't expect to come back to this network so soon but I got a cheap cross-sale trial and, when cancelling it, knowingly accepted a multi-month membership at a ridiculously low price. At that time, I thought I had struck a good deal: they were updating 6 times a week and they had added three new sites since my last visit that looked interesting and had the usual hardcore US stars I like. I was very wrong.

The only three sites that have been updating for the last couple months are Molly's Life, Cumfu and Manuel Uncut. Molly's Life is like a metronome every week on Mondays and you get a second scene from one of the other sites every two weeks. This has reduced the update rate from 6 updates per week back in July 2009 to the current meager 2 new weekly scenes. Apart from Molly's Life, I wouldn't take anything for granted, though, because the other two sites have been absent for a month in the past.

Most of the last updates from the other 7 sites date back to June 2009, although some of the sites stopped even earlier. Naked Movie released its 7th and final scene in February 2009, a "Ghost Busters" parody titled "Nut busters" with a stellar cast: Gianna Michaels, Rachel Roxxx, and Shyla Stylez plus Jordan Ash and Voodoo. The three new sites that prompted me to stay were King Dong (a grand total of 24 scenes that wouldn't look like out of place at that other network that has the word Big in all its sites' titles; last update in June 2009), Porn Stars Lick (13 lesbian scenes mostly with boy-girl US stars; last update in September 2009) and Manuel Uncut (34 scenes and counting supposed to revolve around Manuel Ferrara but it looks like he isn't always at home and other guys have to step in to entertain the ladies).

Molly's Life and Cumfu offer what they call HD (1024x560, in fact) and Manuel Uncut still goes with the usual 720x480 despite the couple most recent updates are labelled as HD. Apart from these recent dozen of so-called HD video scenes, the technical aspects of the network have stayed mostly the same. This new resolution is streaming only but you still get to download the full clip WMV at 720x480, split in parts or at lower iPod-friendly resolution. They've also ironed out some minor flaws in their flash player and now it's even more convenient (they got the thumbnail functionality right, etc). Images stay at 900x600 but they still do a pretty good job. Website design hasn't changed a bit but it was very solid to begin with.

Go for the trial or monthly membership since you'll likely find something that will catch your eye. But carefully consider staying longer than a month because things aren't exactly ramping up.

11-30-09  12:53pm

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Visit Luscious Lopez

Luscious Lopez
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80.0
Status: Was a member approx. 2 months prior to this review.
Pros: -Official site of US porn star Luscious Lopez aka Dasha.
-Exclusive material. Except for solo sites from other models.
-A bit of everything: anal, big tits, interracial, threesomes, ...
-53 main scenes plus their photo galleries and bonus scenes.
-10+ standalone solo Luscious Lopez scenes.
-Max. video resolution: 640x480 WMV, 2000kbps, 20 minutes.
-Interesting BTS content and bonus scenes.
-1600x1200 picture. Zips. 80 per set. 50% landscape.
-Easy access to alternate content from scene (gallery, BTS).
-Release date and small description on most update lists.
-Inexpensive unlimited one week trial.
-ccbill. No regional pricing.
Cons: -Sporadic updates: currently, about 1 new scene per month.
-Good metadata but no search engine or model index.
-Scenes under 4 broad categories: main, solo, bonus and friends.
-No way to find other scenes from models in the scene.
-Pictures' composition is rarely good.
-No interaction with model but an email form and Myspace link.
-No user forum, no webcam chats, no blog, no candids, ...
-Old-looking design even though site is only 2 years old.
-Uninformative free tour: list of 10 most recent updates only.
Bottom Line: I'd been a member a couple years ago and I got a very good impression. I'd been keeping an eye on the update list in the free tour for some time and decided to join when update rate seemed to be catching up speed last summer. Currently, though, it looks like they are back to about one update a month. On a side note, I think it's a mistake that the update list in the free tour is limited to the 10 most recent ones: I'm sure they would make a somewhat better impression if they showed all that's available inside, even if the updates are so sporadic.

The main attraction of the site are the videos. Despite some budget limitations in terms of settings, the cast includes well known models like Gianna Michaels, Kelly Divine, Sara Jay or Sophie Dee to name just 4. There's also a lot of variety in male talent, including top performers like Jack Napier, Marco Banderas or Mr. Pete. No one but Luscious Lopez appears in more than a 3-4 scenes, which is always good. Scenes are also quite diverse. According to some of the BTS scenes and what I've seen around, my guess is that the scenes are only available here or at the solo sites from other cast members. Pictures aren't that well shot on average so, despite the decent size, they serve for little but getting an idea of what's in the video. There are also some somewhat better solo photo galleries without videos.

What stands out the most for me is some of the BTS content. You really get the feel of how they shoot a porno, probably even more than the regular behind the scenes from DVDs. How they care for continuity, how some guy has real trouble staying hard and continuously asks the girls to blow him to get wood, the lengths they go to prepare for a minute of anal scene. Luscious Lopez has an interesting personality and at least you see some of it through this content. Wish the site offered some interaction too.

One thing I liked is that it's possible to find all the related content from a particular scene: video scene, bonus scenes, BTS and various photo galleries are all linked among them. Contrary to similar solo sites which, for some reason, always dump the photos and videos in separate listings and you have to puzzle the pairings by yourself. Even though, it's a pity they have such a broad categorization, listing scenes only under 4 different categories. Scenes' descriptions have an Action section that looks like some quick tagging system ("Anal, POV", "Lesbian, Toys" or "Threesome, Outdoors") but it serves little purpose since they don't have a search engine to exploit that info. At least, they clearly put aside scenes without Luscious Lopez in a friends section.

As far as solo sites of US porn stars that aren't linked to major companies go, this is a pretty reasonable site. If you're interested in seeing interesting never before seen content of Luscious Lopez, going for the trial membership is a no-brainer.

11-16-09  03:03pm

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Visit Live Jasmin

Live Jasmin
(0)

85.0
Status: Current Member for over 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: -100s of models from Eastern Europe and South America.
-Cheap privates: most at 1.99 per minute; few at 0.99 or 2.49+.
-All models state in their profile what's OK for them in private.
-Fast navigation and search. Feeds start almost immediately.
-Very good image quality (above average).
-Forum for users to discuss models and review private shows.
-Most models can be seen for free before going private.
-Any surfer may see free shows and participate in free chat.
-6 payment options though none of the usual adult ones.
-Recurring membership option to access additional features.
-Constantly adding new features to improve user experience:
--Mouseover on model at results page to see show preview.
--3 different results views: compact, big thumbnail, text details.
--RSS feed to notify when favorites come online.
--Facebook-like profile page for performers and users.
Cons: -Regional pricing. 50% more expensive in Europe.
-No indication of time spent/credits left while in private.
-Recent chat history/money spent goes back only 15 days.
-Models often wait some time before starting the show.
-Many creepy rooms: dolls, teddy bears, kid decorations.
-Non-exclusive models; found at the same time at other sites.
-Models seem to be mostly at cam studios, not their home.
-Red background is hideous: looks old, makes you wanna run.
-Almost no models from the US or Western Europe.
-Members chat is pointless: models rarely answer.
-Non-members/guests in free chat produce lots of noise.
-Same model may have several different profiles: confusion.
-No recording options for shows.
-Very impersonal. Maybe new facebook style will help.
-Who is Jasmin?
Bottom Line: A recent review here prompted me to give this site a try. I was a bit reluctant initially because, even though they offer up to 6 different payment systems, none was an adult processor I recognized. Also, the weird name of the site and that impossible red background made me feel the site was some relic from the internet cam scene past.

This seems to be, in fact, a very lively cam site and, leaving apart the site's look, one of the most technically advanced I've seen. In fact, they keep on adding features that make browsing and searching for performers more convenient. They have also very recently given a kind of facebook style to the performers profile, integrating in a "wall" the reviews they used to have in separate forum, the model's pictures and presentation, etc and adding some new model-users interaction features. I personally don't see the point since most models aren't exclusive to this site and I doubt they will participate more than they already did but maybe things will change. Users may now also have a profile page stating their tastes, etc. which, if models are able to see it, might be convenient to speed up private shows.

The main drawback I've found in private chats is that you get no indication of time spent and models often take some time before they start the show. Some times, they use the old trick of typing questions for a while. Other times, they keep on going through the free show motions for up to a minute until they suddenly realize they are in private and start the show; I don't know if it's an act or that, since they are obviously working at the same time at several cam sites, the system they have in place doesn't notify them properly or takes some time to close the connections to other sites. It's not a feed delay issue because there's no delay in chat once she acknowledges your presence.

On a side note, even though I noticed many models at other sites simultaneously, all the multi-site models I found had the lowest price per minute at Live Jasmin, even after taking regional pricing into account.

There's also a recurring membership option available that costs 15 USD/EUR every 15 days and gives you some additional features like messaging to performers, being singled out in chats and lifting the favorites cap to 96 from the 24 that non-members get. It's probably not worth the money unless you're really into this site and want an expanded experience.

11-15-09  04:29am

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Visit Zero Tolerance On Demand

Zero Tolerance On Demand
(2)

89.0
Status: Was a member approx. 2 months prior to this review.
Pros: -Official site of US porn studio Zero Tolerance.
-Top US porn stars at their best and in HD.
-Exclusive content not available anywhere else.
-One new HD DVD per week (5 new scenes weekly).
-Released here as soon as physical DVD hits the street.
-313 DVDs (92 in HD) yielding 2335 scenes (617 in HD).
-MP4 Resolutions: 1080p, 720p, 360p. Plus WMV or xVid at 540p.
-Photo galleries for most of the scenes.
-Membership to Black Ice Pass and Third Movies included.
-Access to 750 DVDs counting those on these other two sites.
-Fast, resumable, hassle-free downloads.
-Free tour works exactly like members area (same info).
-Thought-out powerful search engine.
-Segpay. No regional pricing, no problem canceling.
Cons: -HD files are big by nature: easily, 1 Gb even for 720p.
-Non-HD scenes pale in comparison with HD ones.
-Not all bonus scenes from DVDs are available.
-Some scenes without pictures, including some DVD cover ones.
-Must login again at Black Ice Pass and Third Movies.
-Login through CAPTCHA every time.
-Download images 900x600. Resolution lower than 720p video!
-DVD covers available but low resolution (506x350).
-Wrong scene info when physical DVD hasn't same scene order.
-Metadata is not perfect (no director or male performer info).
-Streaming is a bit too simple: no key frame thumbnails.
-Zero interaction: no message board, no scene comments, ...
-Support pages still focus on DRM but there's currently no DRM.
Bottom Line: I was willing to try some HD and this site seemed the place to start: top US stars, a fairly large collection, decent price and no download limits. I really liked Zero Tolerance On Demand and its twin sites Black Ice Pass and Third Movies. I think other porn studios should follow their example: offer online all the content from their DVDs as soon as they are released physically, couple it with a powerful search engine and a plethora of download options at good speeds. It's a great idea to make the free tour work exactly like the members area; only sites who deliver are able to do that.

Search engine is very well thought-out and it gets you some powerful searches. You can, for instance, easily search for scenes that don't have a particular act you don't give a damn but have those two you wish all scenes had. I only missed that HD was not a keyword once you were in a particular star: you have to rely on a small HD logo on each scene to tell them apart. Metadata, though, is not perfect; for instance, even though you get access to other DVDs in the series, you don't get any info on who the director is so, if you want to find more scenes shot by the same guy, you have to rely on the always handy iafd.

Except for some color scheme and design differences, all three sites work exactly the same. The main drawback is probably that each studio still has its own site and search engine. When willing to watch all the scenes from a particular model, you have to go through three different searches and, likely, three different logins. Perhaps Black Ice Pass all-black scenes are a niche on their own but the differences between Third Movies and Zero Tolerance On Demand are almost non-existent. Maybe Third Movies is a little less hardcore? Zero Tolerance On Demand has a 1% lower percentage of MILFs?

Apart from integrating all three sites once and for all, another thing they should look into are the photo galleries. I'd like to know who shoots their DVD covers and movie stills because they do a terrific job: girls look as good as in any glamour photography site. It's a pity that they end up offering the pictures only at 900x600 and there's no way to get a resolution higher than 506x350 for the DVD covers. It doesn't make much sense to have those pictures at such resolutions when the video scene frame is almost twice as big.

I had no problem opening files in VLC media player but it was funny to see that their support pages don't offer any help regarding how to play HD files and they go to great lengths explaining the intricacies of DRM while there doesn't seem to be any DRM files and, it seems, they went DRM-free several years ago.

If you are curious, I'd strongly recommend that you give the site a try even if it's only the free section. If you are into US stars you'll sure find something that will catch your eye.

11-08-09  05:24am

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Visit Sandee Westgate

Sandee Westgate
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92.0
Status: Was a member approx. 2 months prior to this review.
Pros: -Official site of US model Sandee Westgate.
-Ellaborate shoots at high end locations. Great stylism.
-Solo sets usually include spreads, fingering, dildo play.
-290 solo galleries. 60 girl-girl sets with known models.
-Photos: 40% 1200x800, 60% 1050x700. 75% portrait.
-150 solo videos. 16 girl-girl ("Sandee's Girls" series).
-Latest videos at 960x544, 4800 kbps, 5 minutes.
-Great involvement of the model in the site.
-24/7 office spy cam. Occasional interaction with camera.
-Release date and small description on most update lists.
-No longer DRM. Used to be in the past.
Current Weekly Update Rate
-1 1200x800 photo gallery, 1 video clip.
-1 webcam chat Camz.com. Previous ones are archived.
-Active in the site's free forum and blog/twitter.
Cons: -Site navigation is a bit confusing. Too much categories.
-Color combination is a bit extreme. Too dark colors.
-Big 160x180 watermark on photos.
-No search engine; no metadata for sets.
-Her boy-girl videos are now only available as PPV.
-Model recently got a huge tattoo all over her right side.
-Video editing: slow motion, disco music don't mix well.
-Following her (Twitter, Myspace, etc) is a full-time job.
Bottom Line: I was a member for a couple months about 3 years ago. My enthusiasm for the model diminished gradually but I left with the impression this was a great site. I'd been meaning to join back for some time so, when Sandee Westgate put a very convincing sales pitch for her site at a reality porn network forum, I took the plunge.

In my humble opinion, this site is one of the best solo sites. Since it goes back to my early days of perusing the adult net, I could even say it's one of the few sites that's shaped what I currently expect from a solo model site in terms of update rate and interaction. I'm no longer nuts about the model's looks (her new huge side tattoo is... huge) but she's no doubt a hottie and cares to offer a more than decent product and lots of interaction.

I really like the attention to details in the latest picture sets both in styling and posing but I feel they should do something about the editing style of videos. They make it up in the "Sandee's Girls" series: big names, short candid intro interviews and no music throughout the scene. Unfortunately, there's no set schedule for this series and updates aren't dated.

At some point during this last years, they got rid of DRM. They've also moved to a PPV section some boy-girl scenes Sandee Westgate did with her (former?) boyfriend. Most of the old content shows its age but there are some great classic photo sets although not all are available in zip format.

This site really would benefit from a search engine. Having over 350 photo galleries and not being able to filter out/in those where she is posing outdoors, in a brown bikini, using a dildo or posing outdoors in a brown bikini using a dildo will make you miss the sets you would enjoy the most. There are already some small descriptions in some of the update lists so they have some of the work already done.

06-24-09  04:56am

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Visit Naked Movie

Naked Movie
(0)

65.0
Status: Was a member approx. 5 months prior to this review.
Pros: -Spoofs of movies, TV series. 5 episodes as of Jan/2009.
-Bigger budget and more elaborate settings than usual.
-A respectable effort to try something different.
-Some episodes have 2 sex scenes. Up to 60 minutes.
-Star Trix. Unfortunately, the only passable episode.
-Jayden Jaymes as a green alien.
-The bottom-less party at Farold and Fubar.
-Access through Muffia. Check my review for specs.
Cons: -Too few updates. Only two new scenes since Jan/2009.
-Most scripts are terrible. Probably, non-existent.
-Extremely long non-sex intros with male performers only.
-All scenes are boy-girl only. No threesomes, no girl-girl.
-Female models get very little screen time: sex scene only.
-Too many second-rate male performers in sex scenes.
-Most acting is extremely bad. Over-acting is commonplace.
-Hard to follow: everyone improvises, talks at the same time.
-Scenes in real life settings: bad lighting, bad sound.
Bottom Line: Porn history in one sentence: from features to gonzo to internet reality. If Muffia wants to reinvent the wheel by going back to features, the least they can do is make it round. What I remember from features is that the girls got most of the screen time both on sex scenes and non-sex scenes, some of them were passable actresses and the guys were always the same but did a good job.

At Naked Movie, the girls only show up for the sex scene. In the rare cases they get some lines, it's obvious they weren't casted for their acting abilities. Guys get 99% of the dialog in non-sex scenes but male casting isn't that good. Ramon has proven a hundred times he's a solid performer but his acting is always debatable and he isn't much better here in the Miami Spice (Miami Vice spoof) episode as a latino drug lord. You get the contrary at Farold And Fubar: a couple of unknown guys deliver slightly passable acting but they aren't up to the task when it comes to the sex scenes even though they are paired with Riley Shy and Kaci Starr. Probably that's the reason why you always got the same guys in feature movies: it's hard to find someone who can act and perform.

Some things might be salvaged, though. The pool sex scene with Kitty Bella and Ramon at Miami Spice is worth watching; pity they are such terrible actors in the non-sex part. The guy that plays the USS Intercourse captain in Star Trix (Star Trek spoof) is passably funny and delivers a decent sex scene with Jayden Jaymes; the whole episode is quite OK. Farold and Fubar shows a bottomless party with several relatively known female models (Jada Fire, Louisa Lanewood, Nika Noire, Nikki Rhodes or Ricki White); unfortunately, you don't get a bottomless lesbian scene but two simultaneous and equally terrible boy-girl sex scenes.

From what I see in the free tour, they seem to have released only two new episodes since I was a member 5 months ago. A promising 2-scene spoof of Ghost Busters (aptly titled Nut Busters) with a stellar cast (Gianna Michaels, Rachel Roxxx, Rachel Starr, Shyla Stylez, Voodoo) and a new 1-scene episode of Star Trix, probably to ride on the wave of the recent JJ Abrams' Star Trek. Miami Spice episode ended with a cliff-hanger "To be continued..." but, according to the free tour, they haven't released more episodes.

I'm not saying you should stay clear from this site. They should, at least, be praised for trying. It's unlikely anyone will join Muffia for this site alone but if you enjoyed some of the original movies/TV series, you might catch some of the ironies (if such ironies exist). If you are more fluent in English than me, you will likely understand them under bad sound conditions.

05-17-09  08:48am

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Visit Karlie Montana

Karlie Montana
(0)

69.0
Status: Was a member approx. 3 months prior to this review.
Pros: -Official site of US porn star Karlie Montana.
-Great looks and interesting personality.
-40+ videos. Up to 720x480, 1400 kbps, 10 minutes average.
-Also available in medium and low resolution. All streaming only.
-Lots of behind the scenes content: interviews, goofing around.
-75+ galleries. 50%, 1024x700. 40%, 2000x3000 or higher.
-Mostly solo (non-sex or masturbation) and some girl-girl.
-Model interaction: internal messaging, blog, audio blog, chats.
-Users may add comments to photos, videos, blogs, etc.
-Current update rate: 2 videos and 4 photo galleries per month.
-Fully working trial membership.
Cons: -Videos are flash streaming only: no download option.
-Picture saving nightmare: no zip files, right click disabled.
-Save images only at maximum resolution and one by one.
-It feels like a cookie-cutter social network profile.
-Site is unpolished, ugly-looking, sloppy design.
-No member forum.
-Blog and audio diary are erratically updated (once a month).
-Non-original content seen a thousand times (Matrix Nudes).
-Huge watermarks. 2 watermarks on non-original photos.
-One member chat: back in Jan/09, still announced in April.
-Chat was at Flirt 4 Free: free but requires credit card.
-Password problems: Blocked 2-3 days out of every month.
Bottom Line: This site is unusual. Even though it was launched less than a year ago, it looks extremely old and unpolished. Social network profile is perhaps the best way to describe its home page. There's some emphasis on the sections you'd expect from an adult site (videos, pictures) but they've also crammed into it blocks for blog, audio blog, list of likes/dislikes, calendar, announcements, comment wall, send a message to the model and so on. Members don't get a profile, only the model does.

It looks like the model is in charge of updating the site through some program but Karlie Montana was making little use of it apart from releasing photo galleries and videos at a fairly decent rate. Two months could easily pass between blog entries. The audio blog looked interesting but she didn't make much use of it even though she only had to make a phone call to some recording system. The chat was specially a letdown: after promising it for months, when it eventually came you had to sign up for free at Flirt 4 Free but they asked for your card details. I passed. The only chat was on January 29; it took place but the announcement to "join Karlie in her first members area cam show!!" was still there in April.

Content is hard to categorize. First picture sets were masturbation or girl-girl sets from other sites: Matrix Nudes (seen at many other sites), Misha Online or Micro Babe; that amounts to around 20% of the current content. The rest might be exclusive but there's a lot of different things, usually much tamer and not always of sexual nature: behind the scenes from shoots for other companies, non-nude or topless-only sets in old ugly uncoordinated outfits, blurry self portraits pointing the digital camera at a mirror, making faces to the camera while going out, etc. Resolutions also vary a lot between updates.

Videos fit somewhat more what you'd expect from an adult site. Most include some masturbation, usually filmed by Karlie Montana herself. There are also some Matrix Nudes videos seen all over. But there are also rarities like snippets from a several days car drive with Charlie Laine and her dogs from LA to Wisconsin. Or Karlie Montana touring an hotel suite or her apartment. A 4 part interview while driving (released over a month). If you like her personality, those rarities certainly have some interest.

Trials to other solo sites from this company are pretty inexpensive. I accessed some of them and they are very similar: they share the content engine and have the same ugly ancient-looking design with slightly different equally hideous color combinations. Given the social network flare of all the sites, I feel it would make sense to offer a single membership with access to all the sites so users could interact with all the models.

As it is now, big Karlie Montana fans might enjoy it, maybe even enjoy it a lot, but the site is moving at such slow pace and in so unclear direction it's hard to recommend it to those who only have a casual interest in her.

05-11-09  02:33pm

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Visit Brazzers

Brazzers
(4)

94.0
Status: Was a member approx. 2 months prior to this review.
Pros: -2,000+ exclusive scenes over 25 sites. 2 new scenes daily.
-Lots of well-known porn stars. Elaborated setups, scripts.
-Video formats: MP4, WMV, MPEG. 640x480, 1200kbps.
-Also available in IPOD format and 1 or 5 minute segments.
-Simple flash streaming but easy access to scene key points.
-Very good site navigation and information display.
-Decent search engine; sortable by date, rating, views...
-130 possible keywords, 5-6 keywords per scene.
-Links to other scenes with the same star at scene home.
-Community focus: forum, social network, user comments.
-Easily suggest a scenario or request a model.
-Interaction with some stars through forum or their profile.
-List of 3-4 upcoming scenes with trailer.
-1,000 images per scene. 600x900. Zip files.
-Offer to join Mofos Network at a discount price.
Cons: -Limited variety in female model ethnicity and body type.
-Lots of big fake boobs and tattoos. Big on all site names.
-Videos are not widescreen. Somewhat low bitrates.
-Session timeouts without closing browser.
-Short-lived download URLs. It's futile to query downloads.
-Performer names are sometimes missing from scene.
-Much emphasis on cock size. Small male talent pool.
-Unknown billing provider. Canceling was simple, though.
-Some old scenes have broken video downloads.
-Lots of spam in scene comments.
Bottom Line: Brazzers caters to the big fake boobs getting fucked by huge cocks niche extremely well. Looking at the top 20 stars with the most scenes, all have huge boobs but the only one with natural tits is Gianna Michaels. Perhaps it's because of the very similar makeup but, looking at a list of scenes, I sometimes have a hard time telling apart the stars from just the preview. They all look the same to me.

Site design and navigation left me a great impression. The look is consistent throughout the site and everything seems to be two clicks away at most; I wish, though, that they solved some of the metadata glitches: why on Earth do they have only the guy name in some of the scenes cast list?

Flawless search engine, favorite options, detailed star profiles, plenty of keywords, ... I confess I ran out of space when listing the pros. I found specially cool the request feature: you get to make 10 performer requests per month by the simple click of a button. I don't know how much they'll listen to it but it felt good.

There's also a lot of community options. Not only the extremely active forum (a forum should be a must for any site) but they also recently embedded a sort of social network (a la facebook or MySpace) that lets users and, more importantly, porn stars get a profile, message between them, upload photos and videos, leave comments and so on. Didn't try much of it but, since several porn stars have been active in the forums for a long time, I suppose this Brazzpace / Facezzers might eventually get some traction.

It's weird that Brazzers doesn't release videos in widescreen format and still goes with 4:3. There was even a recent survey in the members area where more than 50% of users answered that they'd rather have videos in Widescreen HD; almost 70% demanded widescreen regardless of quality. Funny thing is 20% answered they didn't care about format as long as they got their porn.

05-09-09  11:27am

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Visit Kayden 420

Kayden 420
(0)

80.0
No Review.
05-07-09  01:56pm

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Visit Porn.com

Porn.com
(0)

73.0
Status: Was a member approx. 1 month prior to this review.
Pros: -4,500 DVDs total. 4 new DVDs added daily.
-40+ exclusive reality sites. But only 3-4 updates per week.
-Both real photos and screen captures from DVD scenes.
-Video high resolution is Divx (xvid codec): 576x432 2000kbps.
-Also available as WMV (480x360 1000kbps) or low resolution MP4.
-Cool and pretty accurate "find similar stars" features.
-Decent metadata: female and male cast, production date.
-Simple search engine but seems to be pretty accurate.
-Free tour shows everything you will find inside.
-Download Pass and Mega Site Pass under a single membership.
Cons: -Very low speed: rarely over 100 Kbytes/s; often much less.
-Download managers, futile: links die fast and are non-resumable.
-DVD scenes renamed to custom scene description in search results: no info on what DVD they come from.
-Featured star hides DVD info.
-Inconsistent page design: featured vs search vs non-featured.
-Too simple streaming: play, pause, skip are the only options.
-Some of the reality scenes may also be found at DVD sites.
-Like most DVD sites, there's a huge overlap with other sites.
-Somewhat small images: longest axis is only 1024px.
-ZIP files have always 25 pictures regardless of gallery size.
-Site design looks outdated compared to similar sites.
-Download Pass or Porn.com watermarks on all videos.
-Gay and transexual content intermixed in search results.
-Case-sensitive CAPTCHA login. Sessions timeout in minutes.
Bottom Line: First time I heard of Porn.com was probably when the domain sold for 9.7 million USD in 2007. I came across it some time ago while browsing for discounts at TBP. I guess people who type Porn.com or just Porn directly on their browser's address bar are the main visitors.

This site tries to be a lot of things but, in my humble opinion, they get it wrong more often than right. Like their new picture search engine: looks pretty cool and well-thought out but, in the end, you get 1024px big photos and zip files with only a sample of the gallery. In general, I feel they should rethink how they display the information in search results and porn star pages.

Porn.com was painfully slow for me. What's worse, you get only one chance to download a video: once you start downloading, the URL is instantly dead for retries so resuming a paused download is not possible. On top of it, querying downloads is neither an option since URLs change every hour or so. Streaming speed isn't good either: you must hit pause and wait for a long time if you want to avoid eating up the buffer. There was an entry at their official blog on 03/20/09 entitled "Porn.com gets porn fast" [sic] that contained a very true sentence: "I urge you to free your porn from slow downloads!!". Roger. Canceling my membership was quite easy.

Another thing I didn't like about Porn.com was the Featured Star option. Good side is they often get some exclusive footage and video interview; bad side is that, once a star becomes featured, her page gets an unusable layout where there's no information on what DVDs her scenes come from, just those absurd scene descriptions that seem to be a trademark of this site. To top it all, streaming interviews of featured stars are non-pausable and, because of the slow speed, it's impossible to view them but in short unintelligible bursts.

Despite all this, if they solved the speed issues (speed for American users is likely better than those I got in Europe) this would be a recommendable site by its sheer amount of content even though, as in any DVD site, there's a huge overlap with what other companies offer; average production date seems to be a bit older than usual and there's not a lot of very recent content but this could easily be a pro for some.

Some of the reality scenes aren't that exclusive since they have been released as DVDs and are available at any big DVD website (Whale Tail 'N, for instance). What I could see of Brother Undercover seemed an interesting politically incorrect twist on the interracial genre.

04-11-09  05:19am

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