Crippled big time. If it follows Verizon's statement about most new phones being LTE capable it will run on the 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 + Adreno 220. That same chipsets powers some SGS II variants which have noticeably more stutter than their Exynos versions, particularly in the messaging app, the pull-down notification menu, and when using the view all homescreens pinch in gesture.p51d007 said:
I've had one (international version) since right before Christmas. Replaced my Dell Streak.
As for the size, it's not a big deal, I use a BT headset 100% of the time. The Note is SUPER fast, and has a gorgeous screen. I went ahead and got a carrier unlocked version because who knows how crippled/screwed up the state side version will be.