Since the original Note was released, it's been a niche product, but apparently it caught on (I suspect a lot more than even Samsung was expecting). It's not for everyone, but i def love the series and kinda regret getting into it late with the Note II. The S-Pen has helped me a lot with note-taking during meetings and training sessions. I was hoping that a software update would eventually bring the new features that they added to the Note 3. I am already sold on the phone. Just waiting on VZW to get it (knowing them... November 2013 lol).