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This "phablet" (I hate the term, personally, but it is what it is) is getting awesome reviews. Honestly, I have no issues with its size because I'll never use it to make phone calls, so I'll never have to hold it up to my ear.
This one device is seriously tempting me to move to Android, and ditching my iPhone 4S and iPad3.
 

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I am also waiting for it to come out. My carrier releases it Oct 30th.
I have read nothing but good reviews.
I have a berry right now and after 6 years of service its time to upgrade to a much bigger and nicer screen.
I have giant hands and the size of it does not concern me at all.
Really looking forward to picking one up.
Sadly my carrier will only have the 16 and 32GB versions (at this time) and not the 64. With the option of having up to a 64gb micro sd card I was looking forward to having a 128gb phone.

1st one to pick one up share your thoughts.
 

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As the owner of an original Galaxy Note, I feel that the "II" will finally be the one Android device that will finally convert large numbers of owners to finally consider a different OS. Not only are the hardware specs amazing, the Note II's well thought out software is finally mature enough to be a deal breaker. You can do so many (cool) useful things with this device that you can't with other offerings.

I also do not use the term "phablet". I prefer to explain to the curious, "this is a portable mini-computer and muti-media device that also just happens to be able to make phone calls". I've given up calling it a PDA, as that just increases the number of blank looks. :)

Things get even better if you flash a custom ROM. Hehe. :D
 

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I too have the original Note. At first, it seemed like a monster, but now, everything else seems so small.

Not sure if and when I'll gravitate towards the Note II.
 

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I can't justify the cost moving up from the original to the II just yet, although it is a device I covet - a lot! Since I've flashed a custom ROM, I am so much happier than I was with the stock device, and I should be able to hang on for at least another year with what I have. It is still a capable and very 'zippy' device in its new guise.
 

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A buddy of mine has the Note 1 as well and really loves it. I look forward to reading some posts here about the 2. That would be very interesting for some folks to give up an iPhone + iPad for one of these.
 

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{snipped} That would be very interesting for some folks to give up an iPhone + iPad for one of these.
That's precisely what I'm trying to convince my girlfriend to do. I bought her an original iPad from the US, when it was first released. She loved the fact that she had something not too many others had. It still works fine, but I've given her my iPad 2, now that I have a Note. She had an original iPhone as well, and faithfully upgraded to the 4 when it became available. She loves iDevices, but now that "every kid at the mall has one", it's no longer a unique item. She's really liking what my Note does, but I felt it would be to big for her, so encouraged her to consider an iPhone 5, in case she had remorse about switching to Android. She told me last night, that the pilots she works with all have Notes, and even they told her to get the Note II. She doesn't want to carry an iPhone and an iPad when traveling for work, when the Note II can be an acceptable replacement for both. So she's likely going to jump ship when it's available. Her quote, "I'm so tired of Apple! The Note II is so cool."

I can hardly hide my excitement. :D
 

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Well the Note II is available in Canada now. I can only find 16gb versions. Does any know where the 32gb & 64gb models are?
 

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I too have the original Galaxy Note and I love it. Mine is only a few months old, so I won't upgrade it - maybe the Note 3 when they do the next one.

For me, the Note is the "sweet spot." Small enough to slip into my pocket, but big enough to comfortably read web sites, news and ebooks.

My 5.3" Note replaced my old 3.5" iPhone 3G and my old 7" Android tablet with one device.

Now, I can't imagine a carrying a smaller device.
 

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For me, the Note is the "sweet spot." Small enough to slip into my pocket, but big enough to comfortably read web sites, news and ebooks.
Thats exactly how I feel as well. I went from an LG iQ to the Note.... a huge step up in both size and function. At first I was thinking I wouldnt and couldnt get used to it, but that lasted only a couple days. I would love to pick up a Note2 to replace it but I too think I will hold off till the 3 comes out or at least till I see what 4.1 brings to the Note in December. I love the form factor of this series and don't think I could go back to a smaller phone now!:D
 

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This is the phone I am thinking of getting - kind of.

Can't see anything but 16Gb models on Rogers. However, I am finding that having a 32Gb SG3 with a 32Gb microSD card is overkill. Unless you have a specific need, I would suggest saving your $$ and getting the 16Gb Note II and then get a microSD card of whatever size you need for your uses.
 

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Just remember, that you can only put pictures, music, documents etc on the microSD. Apps, games, emails, etc can only go on the built in storage. So if you are a huge power user 16 may seem a bit small after a while.
But for normal use a 16gb internal + a 32 or 64gb microSD will meet all your needs and then some.

I am going to pick up one today. I will report back on what I think about it.
 

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Got mine yesterday. Played with it all night. The screen is awesome, and the S Pen stylus apps work well.
I am already used to the size and weight of it, and after this I can't go back to a smaller screen. As I said in my OP, this one device has replaced my iPad3 (sold when the iPad4 came out), and my iPhone4S.
 

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@Cyclism - Did you get the N7100 or N7105?

@cyclism - I think you can get the N7100 without LTE (international version) for around $580 or less. But I'm actually waiting for the North American version with LTE support. Which phone did you get?
 

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Well I am now the proud owner of a Note II
I am coming off of a blackberry pearl so there is a lot of things that I need to get used to. Its like I have been living in the dark ages phone wise the last 6 years.
While the phone is twice the size of my old one I have no complaints about its size. I have large hands and it fits nicely in my hand. I also have no problem fitting it in my pocket.

I got the 16gb version from Telus, I added a 32gb microsd.

The phone is super fast. It effortlessly goes to media rich websites, apps and games. Even with 50 programs running I still have half of the 2 gigs of ram available.

The 4G LTE speeds are mind blowing. I did a speed test (at speedtest.net) and got 45613kbps down and 23520kpbs up.
Thats 7 times faster then my speed at home using wifi. At those speeds I would go through my 1gb limit very quickly.
Thankfully the phone has a data usage monitor and have set my limit to a 1000mb.

When people say there is an app for that there really is an app for that. Few things I wanted the phone to do, but it didnt do out of the box a couple apps fixed that.

The note 2 is really like a small tablet. I am enjoying it very much. The S-pen is also an amazing piece of tech. I use it all the time now.

My only tiny issue right now is I need to really baby it. The phone is so new there are no cases out for it yet, but that will be solved in a couple of weeks hopefully.

Still lots to learn but so far I give the phone a 8.5 out of 10
 

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I just picked up a Note 2 on Monday in Edmonton for Rogers. A friend and I lucked out and got the only two they had in stock. (for all of 20 minutes apparently)

After years of iPhones I went to a Galaxy 3 in July and loved the phone. Really wanted the stylus though and the pictures and specs of the Note 2 got my attention. Personally I don't find it to be that big. If you're comparing it to iPhone, sure, it's big but coming from a Galaxy 3 it seems more like just a slightly bigger G3.

Verdict on the Note 2 so far... BEST. PHONE. EVER. I am absolutely blown away by this device. My friend who picked up the other unit is equally pleased. Android Jelly Bean rocks along with Google Now and the stylus is working like a charm when I need it. Battery life seems to be really great as well. I pulled the 32GB SDcard out of my G3 (has all my pics and tunes) and just popped it into the Note. Wife is now going to inherit my 3 month old GS3 to replace her iPhone 4.

I've ordered a case already from Amazon that got really good reviews and is only around $15 including the shipping to Canada so hoping to see that next week with any luck. I see ProClip already has powered car cradles for the Note 2 but only with no case installed. Hoping the case I ordered is minimal enough to still fit in the cradle.

I can't seem to get the link to work in this reply but here is the Amazon description for the case if you want to search it:

"[SF Matte Black] Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Ringke SLIM Soft Feeling Premium Hard Case AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Unlocked - Eco Package"

Still waffling on whether or not this phone will be on my belt or in pocket (I prefer belt holster) but we'll see. Anyhoo, anyone on the fence about this phone, don't be. This one's a game changer for sure. Cheers!

James
 

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I just transferred a 4GB 1080i video .ts file and it played back flawlessly using MX Player on the Note 2. The multimedia experience is just great.
 

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Ive been watching videos on it and it looks very nice. Great colour. No lag or pixelation. Built in sound is a touch weak, but its not bad for such a small built in speaker.
Great thing for me with MX player it suports subtitles. :)
 
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