We have a big family and everyone has a phone so we get like 4 upgrades a year. Being the dad and tech geek I usually use all of them and give my wife or kids my old phone. Im only saying this because I've used all the latest and greatest phones of the past couple years. I just gave my wife the Galaxy s3 and used her upgrade to get the note 2. This phone is awesome.
Better battery life than my Maxx. I've used it for almost 2 days on a single charge. Better screen then the s3. Big enough for my huge hands. Great reception on wifi and 4g. Super fast for apps and games. The only phone I see myself getting in the future is the next note even though we get a few upgrades a year.