Our next review is of Solo Sydney. This is a single model teen site. My first impression is this is one of the most awful, busy tours I've ever seen due to terrible, loud colors; tons of text in a myriad of annoying fonts; too many animated blinking graphics; wavy lines; most of the pictures are mishmashed together and hidden under graphic elements; and no vid or pic samples whatsoever... ugh, it's so unbelievably bad, luckily I peeked inside and the members area is nothing like this eyesore. Speaking of which, the tour makes a few references to "sex videos" and the like, but this is actually a solo site. The tour promises thousands of photos, dialup and broadband videos, AOL and Netscape compatibility, bonus webcams, and over 65 bonus sites. Let's see how it stacks up.
The members area is certainly easier on the eyes than the tour if a tad generic and low in personality, but it's fairly organized. Navigation links are found near the top under the header. Ads are found under the main content of most pages, it's a series of 6 thumbnails under "meet my best friends" and isn't clear that these are ad links. One navigation issue is the photo galleries open in a new window and have no links back to the main site, they expect you to treat it like a pop-up window and just close it when you're done, so don't close the OTHER window with the main site in it by accident. On the Netscape issue, the videos don't play for some reason, possibly due to the page calling an incorrect file path for non-IE browsers.
Sydney is a cute, slim, small-titted, raven-haired, 18-year-old girl. She usually talks with the camera guy, strips, and masturbates - sometimes while she's getting dressed, or on the exercise ball, or using a hula hoop, or at the lake. Many episodes are 2-parters, so some episodes fade to black in the middle of the action. Videos are about 6 to 8 minutes long each.
There are 21 videos here, including the "upcoming" video which is actually full-length. There are no update dates listed anywhere, so no idea when or if they add new content.
Videos come in WMV and QuickTime MOV formats. The vids are 320x240; the bitrate on the WMVs is 291kbps. Both versions can be saved to hard drive. Despite the claim on the tour, there are no smaller versions for dialup users. There is no DRM, and playback is smooth.
Video quality is not so good. Part of the problem is that the videos are encoded at a low bitrate so they're soft and digitally chewed-up, but another issue I suspect is a poor camcorder - some of the videos have a "used up VHS" look to the image. Some videos aren't as bad as all that, with middling clarity and detail, but they still suffer from being low quality files. Audio ranges from decent to tinny, some are set to a good volume while others are turned way down, but the audio is there.
There are 90 photo galleries on the site. Sets have about 75 pictures a piece, pics being around 680x1024 and 125kb each. The photos are pretty decent, good clarity and color. They're a little hard in the details giving more of a raw, amateur quality to the images, but more detail is better than less, I say. The sets are mostly posing, stripping, and masturbating for the camera - with which she makes a lot of eye contact.
Bonus content starts with access to 6 other single-model sites in their network: All About Ashley, Hot Haley, Jenny Heart, Naughty Nati, Sara Sexton, and Want Wendy. There's also 36 other sites in the network across various porn categories.
Negatives starts with video that's sub-standard quality, it just doesn't look good enough even for its limited size - it's pretty easy to fake "good" at 320x240. There's also no listed update dates. The tour makes claims the site doesn't have: there aren't 56k dialup videos, there aren't bonus webcams, there's a Netscape incompatibility with the vids, and there aren't over 65 bonus sites. And the members area has ads that are misleading.
Solo Sydney has 21 videos in WMV and QuickTime MOV format, 90 photo galleries, and 42 bonus sites; however, there are no listed update dates, the video quality is mediocre, and there are misleading ads. Ultimately, like most single-model sites, you'll probably want to join if you like the girl no matter what, but I cannot recommend Solo Sydney due to its numerous shortcomings.