Pros and Cons
- many well-priced performers
- many HD cams
- works on iPhones and Androids
- some expensive performers
- not all performers have free video chat
- no session timer
Im Live is one of the oldest live cam sites. And its interface had been pretty much the same since RabbitsReviews started. Well, 2014 was a big year for them, as they launched a completely new interface, with new functionalities and a long-overdue modern look - and since then they've gone in and tweeked the site even more, making it more modern and a little sleeker. Let me tell you all about it.
Let's start with the navigation. On the live cam page, you're presented with seven ways to browse the site. You can view the performers in a list, gallery or tile view. "List" is reminicent of their old look and is my least favorite. "Tile" is the look of choice for Jasmin.com and a few other cam sites. But my preferred view is "gallery", because it's somewhere between the two. The layout is well-aligned and gives a bit more information on each performer than the tile view.
Then you have "multiview," which is a cool feature, allowing you to peak into six different live chat rooms, free or private. The private option will cost you three credits per minute. Another site to have done this is Flirt4Free, with their super-voyeur feature. The last three views offer you "hot spots" (couldn't figure out what this was, other than their selection of hot-at-the-moment chat hosts), "your list" (self-explanatory) and "party" (a list of participants for their weekly party).
While not all the girls let you see their stream for free, even if they're not in private, the first 20 seconds of each session are free. So feel free to use that to preview the show, although I didn't see a countdown timer while I was in private chat, so I guess you have to keep track of the 20 seconds yourself, which doesn't seem like the best way to do things.
The prices vary, but I randomly clicked on 15 cams and 12 of them were charging a very reasonable $1.98 credits/minute (based on the credit pricing it looks to be 1 credit = $1). And I was impressed with the stream quality. Most performers use HD cams, but even those that don't had great quality cams and some were even better than HD!
Another cool feature is this thing called "sheriff's office" where you can report any performer who didn't provide what was promised, was rude, etc. This is nice because on most cam sites these kind of complaints are a one-way street. Performers will ban and block you as soon as you say something rude, give a bad review, etc.
They also have what they call "happy hour" cams, where the price is much lower because the chat is not exclusive (group). To give everyone a chance to be the "controller" you wait in line (first come, first serve it seems) to be able to chat with the performer and tell her what you want her to do.
Members also get access to over 29,000 short video promos and more than 46,000 recorded shows. The recorded shows cost credits, though, and the quality isn't very good. There are also over 1,000,000 galleries of the performers that are in their own section and easily accessible. These are a combination of profile pics and shots pulled from the webcam shows. You have the option of recording every cam session you're paying for and watching them later for free, but the quality is fairly bad.
Probably one of the best things about the site is that you can use it with your mobile devices (iPhone/iPad included). Use the same login and enjoy one of the few cam sites that works without Flash (for iPhones). The functionalities are much more limited due to size of the screen, but you can still enjoy your favorite performers.
Unfortunately, the first 20 seconds are NOT free on mobiles - you're being charged right away and some of the cam qualities and speeds are just not good enough for viewing on mobile devices. I suggest trying babes in the free chat first to make sure. Text chat on mobiles is a bit awkward and the site in general is not the most stable, but it still beats a lot of the competition that doesn't have an iPhone solution at all.
As far as the amount of cams, categories and performers, the site is quite impressive. Signing up is free, so you can check it out for yourself before making any decisions on buying time. While we hesitated recommending the site in the past due to its limited innovations, that changed with the facelift last year. If you haven't been here in a while, now's the time to give Im Live another try.