New Review (January 13, 2014 - after 3.0.2 release):
Finally, after 40+ back and forths on the support forum the plugin developer has come to his senses to add a failsafe to the plugin instead of just letting sites fall apart if the main Jetpack plugin has not been installed.
We will probably always wonder why Samuel decided to change the original plugin from standalone to an extension of Jetpack (which now has to be installed too), but he is the developer of the plugin, so he can do with it what he wants and believes is best. If you don't like that, then you should develop your own plugin!
I am a person who didn't like it and instead of re-inventing the wheel, I have decided to fork Samuel's 188.8.131.52 version (not depending on Jetpack) to ensure future development: SO Jetpack Stats Only.
I also have re-adjusted my star rating to two stars: "Works".
The comments below my review reflect the change from 5 star to 1 star in the weekend of January 11, 2014
Adjusted Review (January 11, 2014 - after 3.0 release):
update to 3.0 crashed my sites, cannot access admin anymore, Fatal Errors all around!
Downloading the error file points to Jetpack Lite and browsing though the changelog shows that now all of a sudden Jetpack itself should be installed too (!!!)
You might have added an update notice to make people aware and not just kill sites if they don't have Jetpack installed. With more than 40K downloads it is your duty to inform your users when you make such dramatic changes to your plugin!
I though that the whole point of your plugin was not to have Jetpack installed? By now making it an Addon, I am seriously asking myself why I would want your plugin? How do I know what kind of impact Jetpack has on my site?
Bad practice this is and I therefore have adjusted my previous 5-star rating.
Original review for WP 3.5.1 and older version of Jetpack Lite:
great simplified version of Jetpack!
I only want the Stats and this little gem solves it all!
Where the original Jetpack is
doing_it_wrong(!!!), Jetpack Lite lets you actually activate the module(s) you want, not turning it on by default.