Buy one... you will not regret it.
Amazing stunning super bright HD OLED screen that's perfect for watching video, playing games, web browsing to name a few. The S-Pen is not only good for writing/drawing and selecting text, but is great on games where fat fingers are in the way! It has a really good camera, great battery life and is light, slim and beautiful.
My only criticism is the lack of a notification LED. Samsung don't seem to like these on any of their phones.
If you Google reviews on the Note, you will see 95% positive conclusions of how awesome this phone is. I think the only negativity that comes through is about how big the phone is which sounds backwards - but basically some might find it too big for one reason or another. But I can tell you after owning mine since November 2011, I have become so accustomed to how much of an advantage the size is, that I cannot see myself ever buying a device with a smaller screen.
For the record, you DON'T look dumb holding the phone to your ear on a call. I have tested it out on many people who state they don't notice it and certainly don't think I look foolish.
As for price.. depends where you are in the world. There are excellent comparison websites purely for mobile phones and I got mine on contract, unlocked and free for a £35 a month inc 1Gb data.
What you waiting for? Go get one!