I think Samsung really hit it out of the park with the note 2. Only thing some people won't like is its size. Doesn't seem to be putting a damper on sales though. I absolutely love mine.
I remember thinking my Razr was large. Now it looks tiny when I get on my wife's razr. For a commuter who does work, digests media, ect this phone is perfect. It has absolved my need for a tablet. Just mad I waited 2 weeks to get it.
I have run into a few things, but they are part of the learning curve I think. One thing I keep doing is hitting the unlock button when I put the phone in my pocket. It's just right where my finger goes. Also, I need a case that is grippy because I find myself almost dropping it and that scares me Other than that, the only other thing I'm having trouble with is getting light flow to work without the stupid talkback function. I like being able to use the various colors of the LED notification light, and that's the coolest way to do it I've found.
have you tried settings, language and input, then text to speech? Maybe its a glitch with the driving mode thats affecting the swiftkey flo issue. try turning the driving mode on then off.
just a thought