On C|Net, someone says "it was the worse [sic] camera ever." Really? You must be a Leica owner. This is not going to end up in anyone's hall of fame, but it's not too bad for what it is. Essentially it's a more recent version of my DC215; it's what Kodak cameras started out as: a simple camera for people who want to take pretty good photos. It's not going to rival a Canon G2, but the people who buy one wouldn't be considering the other.
Now of course it's thrift-shop fodder, but if you can get one that works, I think it would make a good kid's camera. It's small enough to fit in a pocket, it's cheap and it's good enough. You cut your teeth on this thing and if you like it and you want to go further with photography, you invest in a better camera. If not, you use this until it dies and you get something else.