Yes, it is a big phone but all of us wear those silly Bluetooth wireless devices so it makes it easier. Surfing on it is a dream, editing Word and Excel files is actually doable, the email client is fast with lots of features, very, very fast, camera is comparable to my iPhone 4s, minisd, thin and light enough for my pocket. So I get a tablet/phone that fits in my pocket for 200 less then a iPhone with 1280 x 800 resolution screen. I'm sorry guys but it's a steal at 550 bucks it's a no brainer for a company when you get so much functionality for a fraction of the cost of what the other guys are selling.
Oh sorry I should tell you that here in Switzerland the Galaxy Note is 550 CHF retail where as the Apple iPhone is 750 chf. This is unlocked prices of course. Plus Swisscom/Orange/Sunrise, our providers here, offers deals in bulk purchases for companies for the Galaxy Note, Apple products no, because they don't deal, at least that is what the providers told us. Maybe it is different in the US I hope so for Apples sake if they want to even think about getting into the government sector.
In fact Credit Suisse, UBS, Swiss government offices, Manor, Nestle and Julies Baar are also replacing there Blackberries with Galaxy Notes here. (It was in a news story last month). There really popular here for business people. It was the all those black outs last year that changed the minds of everyone to get rid of their Blackberries. A real shame to as I still like my RIM Bold, there is still no substitute over a real qwerty keyboard.
Long story short, until you see this thing and get to touch it in person I wouldn't pass judgment so soon because if you think the iPhone is king, I have both of them and the Galaxy Note is .... well .... aaahhh .... it's just down right bitchen!
All hail the stylus baby!