Compared with other tablets that run Google's Android software, you're not giving much up by getting a Galaxy Note.
Samsung's quoted battery life of nine hours is somewhat shorter than equivalent models, possibly because of the pen-sensing layer or the new processor.
The Note runs Ice Cream Sandwich, the next-to-latest version of Android, and can be upgraded to Jelly Bean, the latest.
It has a fast processor and a big screen.
At $499, it costs $100 more than the pen-less Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which has the same size screen but a slower processor.
For now, and for most people, the iPad is still the better buy.
The main reason is that there's much more, and better, third-party software available for it.
But the Galaxy Note shows that the pressure is building on the iPad, and Apple will have to work if it wants to maintain its lead.