Personally, I think the Samsung Galaxy Note II is an excellent smartphone for me and my needs. If I were due for an upgrade, I would seriously consider it, assuming it soon receives the multi window feature for all carriers. It’s fast and powerful, with a bunch of innovative features, and the S Pen support is superbly implemented. Sure, it’s big. But my phone usually travels by backpack or jacket pocket, where the added size isn’t an issue.
That said, the Galaxy Note II is not for everyone. Talkers will find it unwieldy, and casual users with likely get nothing out of most of the features. Serious note takers might be disappointed by S Note, as it is not quite ready for primetime, but with an open S Pen SDK, it probably won’t be long before another developer releases a more viable notes app.
Other flaws include a display that is just a little too drab for my liking, only adequate battery life, and the missing HDMI input (though I fear that will be the norm on handsets going forward). The last two are particularly frustrating because it’s not as if Samsung had to limit the battery size and port selection in order to design a more compact device.
None of those are dealbreakers, however. Overall, the Note II is a well-built and well-implemented smartphone. Power users looking for a new handset would be wise to check out the Samsung Galaxy Note II.