Never having ventured into the world of 360 photography before, I was intrigued to see whether the Samsung Gear 360 would draw me in. The device itself is small, fits into the hand very comfortably, stands well on its own (with the option to be fixed to a separate tripod), and has a neat, pleasingly quirky design with two big eyes peering from opposite sides and a small but bright LED menu screen. A sock-like carry case is provided. Setup was straightforward, the microSD easy to insert, and the Gear 360 charges from a type C USB. The device was unresponsive during the initial charge for much longer than you’d expect, but subsequent charging is relatively quick and offers about 2 hours battery life. You can take pictures directly with the device and I guess the thinking is that if you’re taking a picture of everything surrounding you viewfinder functionality is a lower priority. In practice, however, it’s so easy to connect this via Bluetooth to the app on your phone (I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S8) why wouldn’t you use the app? Another reason for using the app is that if you’re holding the device when you take a pic, you’re not only in it but nice and close to the camera. This is also true of using a tripod, actually, albeit much less intrusive. The app is simple to use, very intuitive, and selecting picture, video and live broadcast options is easy. Seeing what you’re taking ensures you have the right ‘starting position’ for your 360 pic, and of course you can make sure you’re not in the shot, or at least not a big part of it. Once a pic is taken, sharing it to social media is a cinch. On the downside, I found it very easy to accidentally take pictures because of the positioning of the button on the ‘grip’ part of the Gear 360. The biggest issue though is the picture quality, which is hugely disappointing for what’s advertised as 4k HDR. Viewed on the phone it’s reasonable, but go to a laptop screen or a Gear VR and its shortfalls are very obvious – particularly in video. It’s clearly aimed at the home market and the technology is relatively new at this level, but perhaps a little better picture quality might be expected. That said, as a way of capturing and keeping moments in a different way it’s capable, and a real experience when photos are viewed through the VT headset. Overall it probably just squeezes into the 'reasonable value for money' category, but don't expect the highest quality output.