I'm sitting here laughing, catching up on this thread!
I still want a Note. Told my Dad about them and he went and bought one!
His first Android anything, first smartphone . . . . He uses it to "play" the stock market, keep up on baseball scores, and play jazz on Pandora. He's most impressed with its hands-free capabilities.
I'm jealous, but I think I'll wait and see what the new one looks like in October -- assuming there is a new one and it does come out then!
Meanwhile, thanks for all the insights and laughter!!