There's no problem pocketing the Note 2! I'm a regular sized guy, and my Note 2 fits in the front and back pockets off all my trousers without issue and (importantly) without looking like I've got a canoe in my pocket! :) I don't have to remove it when I sit down if it is in my front pockets either.
It only really works if you are in the States anyway and can bring it back with you in your luggage. Of course, you don't want to bring it back "as new", because you can still get clobbered for VAT/duty etc, so you'll have to ditch all the packaging and receipts (post the receipt back home if necessary!), and maintain that you took the item out with you originally.
If you do this, you should also bear in mind that depending on where in the US you buy the device, you may end up having to pay sales tax on the price anyway which varies from state to state.