As promised, the Galaxy Note II is now available for purchase on Sprint for $650 less a $350 instant rebate, for a total of $300. Though T-Mobile was first to the punch by a day, Sprint is offering it for a not-insubstantial $70 cheaper.
$300 may seem a bit steep for a smartphone, but keep in mind that this isn't your typical device. It's got a 1.6Ghz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, LTE, 5.5" 1280x720 Super AMOLED Plus display, plus that infamous S Pen stylus to help you get the most from the ginormous screen. And on top of all that, it runs Jelly Bean and packs a massive battery. All told, it's a hell of a phone that managed to impress even Ron, the toughest of critics.
AT&T is next up to bat with a November 6th ship date and November 9th retail availability. Verizon is dead last with an annoyingly generic "by November 27th" ship date.