Pros and Cons
- lots of performers online
- session timer/credit countdown
- community features
- mediocre cam quality overall
- expensive private chats
- mostly non-English speakers
Bonga Cams was a newcomer a few years ago, trying to compete against MyFreeCams and other tipping cam sites. While initially I wasn't a big fan of the site, I've been back a few times since, so let's see where it stands today.
First of all, the design and user experience are good and the site is mobile-friendly. Second, there are a lot of online performers (there are currently over 600 online as I write this). While predominantly Eastern European, there are some from English-speaking countries (U.K mainly) and even though English isn't their first language I was able to communicate (albeit on a pretty basic level) with almost every babe I chatted with. Lastly, there are HD cams, though these days they still only represent about 15% of the performers, which in 2016 is quite disappointing.
They've done a slight redesign, but mostly it looks like it did when we were last here. Several tabs allow you to narrow down your selection by females, couples, males, transsexuals, new models and those in "spy mode." There's also a sorting feature and the "search" is actually an advanced engine that lets you check off exactly what you're looking for.
The chat window is very much akin to the one on My Free Cams, with all kinds of emoticons and animations, but I found them annoying and distracting. I mean we're adults, not teenagers. The same goes for the performers' profile pages. It's just overkill on some of them and impossible to read without having a seizure. Remember MySpace?
As far as prices go, just like with other tipping sites, a private chat is extremely expensive. Based on what they charge for tokens and how many tokens per minute it is for private chats, it looks like they'll cost you about $5.50/minute (more if you want a full private chat in which no other members can spy in on your convo).
You're better off trying to get a "group chat" or go into "spy mode." Spy mode is cool 'cause it allows you to preview the action (in a blurry mode) before joining the chat. BongaCams is one of the few live cam sites that shows you the amount of tokens you have left in real time, which is a feature I always appreciate.
The cam quality does vary and needs improvement. Even many of the HD ones I checked out weren't fluid. I think it's due to most of the performers being in Eastern Europe, where connection speeds might not be as fast as North America and Western Europe. I found some girls who were very friendly and more than willing to do anything I asked of them.
The mobile site is simple and easy to use, but the cam motion wasn't fluid on my iPhone and, just like on other sites that use in-line video chats and are forced to stream an MPEG file, the end result is low quality. The community features are nice. For example you can "friend" performers and other users and send them messages, write on their walls, gift them, etc.
Yes, the full private chat is on the expensive side, but chances are that if you're reading this review, you're into tipping and also into free cam sites, so it shouldn't bother you. It's definitely not one of the best, but overall it's a decent site and an alternative to MyFreeCams, but improving the cam quality should be a top priority.