All good and valid points but you need to keep in mind that this wasn't intended to be anything more than a book reader with internet access. It is a direct competitor to Kindle not any Android tablets out there. Hence the stripped down OS. Out of the box this is a pretty neat device. Rooted, it opens itself up to a world of possibilities.
I see dead phones, calling around just like regular phones.
My cell phone history: Ericsson GH788, Mitsubishi T200, Sanyo BAM 201, LG V111, Ericsson T28, T39, T68, T68i, Panasonic GD87, GD55, Nokia 3660, 6600, Motorola V525, A360, Panasonic X701, Palm Treo 600, HTC Blue Angel, Wizard, Herald, Kaiser, Touch Pro 2, Doubleshot MT4GS