As you’ve already guessed from the title, Amigos.com is a place where people who are either Latinos themselves or interested in such a partner can get together online and develop a relationship. Amigos.com is open for an international audience, although it won’t guarantee a rich selection of members for all countries. Interestingly, on the main page you can start a search without an account to see how many nearby candidates are present on the site.
During the registration process you’ll be greeted by the same steps and option you may know from other members of the FriendFinder network. You can choose your ethnicity, body type, sexual orientation and other personal information from a fly-down list, and set an introduction title that appears for your future dating partners. The registration ends with an optional essay (you even get advices for this part). Then all you need to do is verify your email address, and you are free to start looking for an attractive date-to-be. Still, your first act should be a photo upload, as a nice picture attracts far more people to your profile. The site is pretty straightforward. On the top half, all the important menus are placed, like your mailbox, notifications, blog section and the chat options. On the right side you can see your current statistics, indicating how many people liked you, contacted you, flirted with you etc. The left side is more interesting, as it displays an up-to-date feed of the popular members’ blog posts.
Amigos.com utilizes a complex algorithm that silently monitors the user’s preferences, and after evaluating the data it recommends everyone a matching partner. You can also improve your chances by answering some of the personality questions found in your profile section, or by uploading an introductory video. You can also manage your personal blog on Amigos.com, fleshing out your profile with intimate or funny stories and thoughts. The site also borrows ideas from popular social media sites, allowing people to form specific groups around their favorite movie star or TV series.
If you are willing to explore the landscape of Amigos.com, you can initiate a manual search. The system allows you to sort the results in numerous ways. If you feel so, it shows you the people who were active in the past few days or check out the roster of popular people, adored by many. The advanced search option broadens your possibilities even more, listing people according their age, account status or distance from you.
When it comes to reaching out for your sweetheart, Amigos.com has some nice tricks up in its sleeve. In case you are old fashioned and don’t mind waiting for reply, you can resort to emails, which are the backbone of your communication options. After the initial phase, you and your loved one may continue on live chat, or use the site’s unique Live Messenger feature. This is also a nice way to quickly establish a connection with strangers. Sadly, these are all available for Gold members only.
In the 21st century, smartphones are dominating our everyday life. We use them for all sorts of tasks, like gaming, navigating, recording, texting and so on. We always keep them close to us. Their widespread functionality is a perfect ground for online dating. As the Tinder-craze went down, more and more traditional dating apps started to pop up. These are the extensions of an already popular dating site, but with a more touchscreen-friendly layout and design. Amigos.com is part of this movement, but they lack an app solely dedicated to their offer. All FriendFinder sites converge in one convenient app, available for iOS only. From there, you can easily access your chosen site. In case you long for a mobile service dedicated to Amigos.com only, then check out their mobile-friendly website.
The pricing and approach towards premium content is one of the biggest flaws of Amigos.com. Even though they encourage you to “explore the site”, your attempts are cut short by constantly bumping into paywalls. Restricting all forms of communication is one thing, but you are even stripped from the ability to check out other people’s profile, or enlarge their picture. Basically, you are forced to upgrade your account.
There are two premium plans available: with the Silver plan you are still limited in your actions. You can only contact the newer members, watch the video entries and show up after the Gold members in search listings. You receive this service if you pay $9.99 for one month, or $8.95 per month if you choose the quarterly plan. The Golden plan promises unrestricted communication and all the available features. The monthly plan comes for $19.99 per month, while the quarterly plan bills you $8.95 each month.
Although most parts of Amigos.com are very user-friendly, this cannot be said about their helpdesk. The site tries to keep itself aloof from people by directing them to the FAQ section. This part is well-detailed, and the sheer number of presented topics is admirable, but sometimes pre-made answers won’t solve your problem. In this case, Amigos.com doesn’t suggest a clear method. You can contact them over phone for billing support, or report an abuse via email, but they lack the clear outline for other problems.
All in all, Amigos.com is a competent dating solution, and Latino singles are going to welcome this kind of service. The site handles the matchmaking professionally, and it offers different kinds of communication options, including emails, chat and blogs. The blog section is very helpful for people who are good at expressing themselves, and the group functions are nice additions too. Sadly, most of these come standard with the FriendFinder sites. Amigos.com has little merits on its own, which is made worse by their continuous effort to force you to buy one of their premium subscriptions. The free account is basically useless, as you aren’t even allowed to check out someone’s profile.
- Instant messenger
- Blog and group section
- International presence
- Restricted free account
- Needs some definite extras