It's officially the biggest smartphone in all the land, and now the 5.5in Samsung Galaxy Note II can cast its long shadow on the rest of the contents of your newly refurbished pockets.
Far be it for me to say the Galaxy Note II is too big to be called a smartphone, even if I think it is. And I do. Put it this way: the iPhone 5 is a smartphone, and has a 4-inch screen. The Google Nexus 7 is a tablet, and has a 7-inch screen.
The Galaxy Note II is halfway in between. Should Samsung decide that a third generation of the device also warrants a 0.2in screen size bump (as this one does), would it then be more tablet than smartphone? I await your verbal abuse in the Comments.
As for the Galaxy Note II, it's a serious piece of kit, boasting a faster quad-core processor than the more glamorous Galaxy S III, plus it comes with an S-Pen, which as we all know is in fact just a stylus with benefits.
Sound like the kind of thing to tick your digital boxes? Well, if you're looking at a SIM-free or PAYG deal those pockets of yours will already have to be rather deep as it is, as we're talking the other side of £500 to pick up a Note 2 outside of contract – and that's just the 16GB model, not the 32GB.
If you are going to sign up for a deal you can get the handset completely free, but you're looking at 24 months of paying close to or over £40 a month.
No word yet on whether the Galaxy Note II will be offered on 4G LTE by new high-speed vendor EE. It has the capability, but EE has yet to specify it as one of the chosen ones to get the 4G nod.