Aria Giovanni (0)
Was a member approx. 3 months prior to this review.
||+Shitload of picture galleries of Aria.
+Because images are the focus of the site, they took special care in organizing images by their type (amateur, glamour, artistic, etc.), and each section has a lot of content - something for everyone who loves Aria (except hardcore, since she doesnt do that, which includes lesbian hardcore, and heterosexual hardcore, unfortunately).
+There are a good number of videos
+Very unique videos listing page - thumb -> links -> associated zip download of the movie.
+When viewing images you get the standard, expected controls - next, preview, gallery.
+Download speeds are good
+Mostly 100% exclusive content (some galleries say they are provided by other sites, like Digital Dream Girls)
||-There is an issue with some video listings. Ones at the top of the page are fine (.MOV under QT, .WMV under WM), but further down some updates are available in WMV and MP4 with WMV under the QT column and MP4 under the WMV column. WMV doesnt work with QT and MP4 doesnt work with WMP.
-Lack of screencaps for videos, just a single thumbnail.
-Video resolution subpar - 400x300 for those without big/small choices, 320x240 for those with big/small choices (yes, both are 320x240)
-All softcore, but that is Aria's nature - she doesn't do hardcore. This is a "Just know what you are getting with membership" point, though.
-Diary last updated in 2006, live appearances in early 2008.
-Update schedule a little suspect
-Archived videos are worthless
-No ZIP downloads for galleries!!!
-Expensive and another site with that ridiculous pricing scheme to prevent drive-bys: $25 for the first month, $20 thereafter.
||This is one of the more disappointing sites devoted to a single girl. Aria Giovanni is smoking hot, no denying that, but the site lacks a lot for what it offers.
*The site prides itself on providing a variety of image galleries of Aria, so what should any normal person expect? ZIP DOWNLOADS! There is not a single zip download anywhere.
*Videos are not the focus of the site, but they do provide them and update the library, so what should you expect for a site that makes original videos and not many of them? HIGH RESOLUTION and HIGH QUALITY! The resolution sucks, and the quality sucks.
I've seen other girl sites and they handle content correctly, providing the ZIP downloads, high quality video encoding, non-watermarked images, etc. Aria's site just lacks these little things that should be expected for this type of site. I can understand underwhelming resolution and DVD sites like VideoBox (although they don't do that) because of hard drive space constraints, and I can understand preventing ZIP downloads for sites like Twistys (although they don't do that) that don't offer 100% exclusive content, but Aria's site doesn't fall under either category. All content is 100% exclusive, and the limited number of videos should never put a burden on HD space, so it is hard to understand the lack of ZIP downloads and HQ video resolutions. Maybe it is because the site is just generally underwhelming...
I give it a higher-than-expected 75 rating because I'm rating the site on a scale for one-girl-focus sites. If I were to put this site in the same genre as VideoBox I would give it a 50 because VideoBox is such a better value. But when you compare Aria's site to other sites that feature a single girl then it is not TERRIBLE, just underwhelming.
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