My experience with this kind of zoom has been best described by using a Swiss Army knife as an example - it can do all these different things - but none of them well. On the other hand - $5.50!!! Who cares!!! It will make a neat paperweight if nothing more.. and you know, I have a horrible wide angle lens - it does nothing well, but I found that I actually had a few picture ideas that were quite well served by its quirky shortcomings - and I paid $12 CDN for it. I say again:
Its defintely better than what you paid for it!