The kit lens does a good job, IMHO, for what it is...it's an inexpensive kit lens. I don't have any issues with software correction, it helps keep the cost down. Now, I do wish camera manufacturers would go back to the old days and bundle a relatively fast prime instead...probably not going to happen.
I use it pretty much at 14mm for a 28/3.5 equivalent as there aren't any other options for that at the moment. The only other option is the CV 15, which is slower. The focal lengths on the kit lens above 14mm are too slow.