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, my latest visit made me rethink my opinion.
First of all, the design and user experience were completely revamped. The site is now much more user and mobile friendly. Second, there's a TON more performers online. While predominantly still Eastern European, there's many more amateur performers as well as those from English-speaking countries (U.K mainly). Lastly, they added HD cams, although these still only represent about 20% of performers.
When I signed in there were 420 performers online. 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 sort feature to further filter by HD, various performer attributes and view options. On the left there are a few predefined categories you can select.
The chat window is very much akin to the one on MyFreeCams with all kinds of emoticons and animations possible. I find it annoying and distracting. I mean we're adults, not teenagers. The same goes for performer profile pages. it's just design overkill on some of them and impossible to read without having a seizure.
The prices for tokens are pretty much in line with what other sites of this kind charge. The only snag is that this one bills in Euros, so the price will fluctuate for those of us with non-Euro credit cards. Recently it's become more expensive due to the EUR/USD exchange rate. Needless to say, just like with other tipping sites, private chat is extremely expensive. Your better bet would be to try and get "group chat" or "spy mode." Spy mode is cool cause it allows you to preview the action (in a blurry mode) before joining the chat. Bonga is one of the few cam sites which show you the amount of tokens you have left in real time.
Cam quality does vary, but needs improvement. Even many of the HD ones I checked out were not fluid. I think this is due to most performers being in Eastern Europe where connection speeds may not be as fast as North America and Western Europe.
The mobile site is simple and easy to use, but the cam motion was not fluid on my iPhone and, just like on all sites which use in-line video chat and are forced to stream MPEG format, the end result is low quality.
Community features are nice, for example you can "friend" performers and other users and send them messages, write on their walls, give gifts, etc.
The design and navigation were smooth and simple and I found some girls who were very friendly and more than willing to do anything I asked of them. The full private chat is on the expensive side, but chances are if you're reading this review, you're into tipping and the "free" type of cam sites, so this shouldn't bother you. Overall a good site and good alternative to MyFreeCams.
|By: A.K. Anderson|
|Number of Reviews: 1423|
|Average Score: 64.2|
|Cross Sales: No|
|Total Models: 1,975||Live Models: 420||Cam2Cam: Yes|
|HD Cams: Yes||Free Chat: Yes||Notifications: No|
|Advanced Search: Yes||Favorites: Yes||Comments: Yes|
|Free photos/videos: Yes||Appealing Design: Yes|
|Independent Biller(s):||Epoch, SegPay|
Pros & Cons
-lots of performers online
-session timer/credit countdown
-mediocre cam quality overall
-annoying chat features
-mostly non-native English speakers
12/06/2012- From 68 to N/A: No review updates forthcoming; scores voided. -Adam
- Initial review: 10/31/2012