I wouldn't describe it as a great camera. But I do take occasional short videos with it when the street musicians are worthy and such.
Sometimes one will want to use it in public. Check the map when lost, shoot those afore mentioned videos, maybe look at reviews of a restaurant or bottle of wine when passing by. But I always want to be considerate of the flow of traffic and end up walking some steps away from the crowd before pulling the pad out of my bag. Once removed a few steps from the crowd, I never feel 'magnetic' in any way.
I was in Mexico City with it this year and felt just fine. Even when the metro was at peak congestion, I didn't see any suspicious behavior.
Our last trip was to Ireland. Many locals were leaving their smartphones on the bar as they turned to join a conversation or got up to use the facilities.
You have to take your tablet with you and get a short-term data plan, wherever you go on vacation. Don't you have all your itinerary and accommodation correspondence saved on it?