Im Live is a huge live cam site where members can view and chat with experts in many fields, both adult and non-adult, from computer talk to marriage counseling. There is also an over-18 section, which is where I focused my attention (for obvious reasons).
The ImLive adult live video chat section is divided into more than 13 categories, from chicks alone to threesomes to fetish to lesbian to gay to couples. In total, there are well over 38,000 cams available, but when I was on, there were about 1,100 online.
While cam sites generally allow free public non-nude chat and then paid private chat, things are a little different here. While some of the chicks have a free video chat, others only offer free text chat with no video. I usually like to be able to see the cam and the performer before I spend my money. Fortunately, there's a way to sort and only show those who are offering free video chat.
One really nice feature is that the first 20 seconds of the chat is free. So if you see that the cam quality isn't good, you can end the session quickly before you get charged anything. But this is still a major negative in my opinion. It is also inconvenient, because when you browse the list of live performers and mouse over the thumb, unlike on other sites where you get instant view of the live cam, here you only get a pre-recorded promo, which won't reflect what's actually going on in her room.
I noticed that for some of the fetish performers and pornstars, the price got kind of high (I saw a few charging over $5/minute), while many of the solo chicks and even some lesbian couples were going with a $2.80/minute price. Although, the most popular was a $1.98/minute price point.
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.
Although it did vary depending on who I talked to, the cam quality was pretty good and there were some that were HD. The motion was fluid, but the image quality was generally average. If you expand the cam screen it gets pretty bad, so you will want to keep it at a more normal size.
Members also get access to over 29,000 short video promos and more than 46,000 recorded shows. The recorded shows cost you credits, though, and the quality isn't very good. There are also over 1,000,000 picture galleries of the performers that are in their own section and easily accessible. These are a combination of profile pics and shots pulled from webcam shows. You have the option of recording every cam session you're paying for and watch 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 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 who don't have an iPhone solution at all.
There's a "hot feature" section, with things like live house cams and group cams (but I couldn't get this to work). They also have a feature called LiveViewer that, at a cost of three credits per minute, lets you peak into six rooms simultaneously. They're free rooms, so I find this a bit too much. They want to make me pay for something that should be free! It also kept crashing on me.
As far as the amount of cams, categories and performers available, Im Live is quite impressive. Signing up is free, so you can check it out for yourself before making any decisions on buying time. Unfortunately, it doesn't score as well as it could due to the limited free chat features, unwieldy interface and overall expensive experience.
On top of all that, the site has not innovated much in recent years. They were the first to launch iPhone-compatible streams, but now that has become a standard. We hear complaints about performers making less money and so it's only a matter of time before the best ones go somewhere else. Im Live still offers value, mostly due to its sheer size and long history, but the site's best years are far behind it.
|By: A.K. Anderson|
|Number of Reviews: 1471|
|Average Score: 65.6|
|Cross Sales: No|
|Total Models: 38,000||Live Models: 1,100||Cam2Cam: Yes|
|HD Cams: Yes||Free Chat: Yes||Notifications: Yes|
|Advanced Search: Yes||Favorites: Yes||Comments: Yes|
|Free photos/videos: Yes||Appealing Design: Yes|
|Independent Biller(s):||CCBill, Epoch|
Pros & Cons
-works on iPhone and Android phones
-some expensive chats
-no free video chat with all performers
12/20/2012- Stays at 76. -Rabbit
10/15/2011- From 79 to 76: Scores adjusted to new criteria. -A.K.
08/03/2011- Stays at 79. -A.K.
09/12/2010- Stays at 79. -Wayne
07/17/2010- From 78 to 79: Some cam quality improvements. -A.K.
10/30/2009- Stays at 78. -Bryce
01/08/2009- Stays at 78. -Peacock
06/02/2008- From 79 to 78: Price per minute went up a little. -Peacock - Initial review: 5/30/2005