Really, Tables won. If you want to do tables then use a word processor or spreadsheet. Password protection my files is much more important. It seems that you're getting away from the original Bear intention, a really nice note-taking app. So many companies have had a really good idea then started adding "features" where it gets to the point of not being usable for it's original purpose. Hope this doesn't happen to Bear.
Bob - keep in mind that per the Bear home page, Bear is a writing app based on a markdown editor. Many writers using the app need markdown table support in order to be able to include tables in their documents. Word processors or spreadsheets are no help with that. I suspect that's why tables came in first.
Yup password protection is a must. Most of my notes don’t require protection but there are some personal and work notes that must be locked therefore Bear has limited use for me. Can’t go back and forth between note programs based on features. I need something to easily make a note on any device i’m Using, hold notes, teasily find them and to protect sensitive information. Bear’s biggest strength is the ease of adding and using tags. It’s biggest weakness is password protection.