While the world is still mesmerized with the launch of the iPhone 5, Samsung is almost quietly set to launch the Galaxy Note II this week. I only accidently stumbled upon the launch of the Note II on the Samsung website. So I decided to go by the store and have a look. There is no demo model or even a plastic mock-up version of the Note II. But all the salesman said was it was launching on Friday. As many of you know, I’m not a fan of the iPhone 5, but I did love the Note. Going from a large, HD screen (as I’ve had with my last 3 Android devices) to a closed system just doesn’t cut it for me. Transferring your data/info from an Android to an iPhone is a nightmare. Plus, I don’t care how much of pent up demand you think there is, everyone that really wants an iPhone 5 seemed to have gotten one by now… and Apple still MISSED their expected sales target. Hmm. I don’t care how many comments I read that this is the biggest/best/highest/largest launch of a tech device/phone ever – for me, it is a disappointment. I’d much rather get the Note II and be pleasantly surprised. So without a huge fanfare, and massive overhype, I pre-ordered my new Android device. Can’t wait to receive it on Friday. I’ll be the one smiling this weekend (and NOT lost – I have real maps!).