Congrats on the Note 2 pick up Roy. I just may bite the bullet with this one too. Swapping batteries is just something I have to have. I already pay a fortune for my wifes and my phone so I just might jump.
Let us know if you find any pitfalls with that Note 2.
ive only found one problem - although i went into it with eyes open to it.
the screen size is massive for a phone, so single handed operation is very difficult even with larger hands. but i already knew that and accepted that before purchase. On that note you can set the phone to be handed but all i found was it made the keyboard smaller and shifted to one side so am happy to stick with two handed operation.
the phone is s good solid purchase, ive had 4 updates to the os since purchase, on my old htc one x i got two before i gave up with the phone in disgust.
Ive also just purchased a google tv (new sony model version 20) and it awesome controlling the machine with any of my android devices. as the note 2 is my primary device its usually the one in hand, sending web pages and videos etc is a breeze.
apple really have to play catch up - the gtv will even do airplay now.
using all the main features like plex, google music, or even just web browsing on the note shows how good android can be with good hardware mix. the machine performs better than my nexus 7 which has suprised me, ive yet to see the hang ups i get occasionally with the nexus 7 (report back later as ota update has just hit the n7).
A big problem i used to get on my htc one x was overheating, i do a lot of travelling, be it to work or our almost bi weekly trips accross the country with the family. I was using the one x to perform navigation and play music with google music, (i have unlimited data and dont want to carry cds in the car anymore), all the data and live gps caused the one x to freeze up and overheat all the time.
the note 2 performs these tasks with none of the agro the htc caused.
it just works lol.
if you get one, multiscreen is awsome, you can view youtube and check emails, web search, send msgs, gtalk, navigate etc all on one split screen.