I think both renderings look nice, but I'll have to see the final form factor, prior to making a decision to get one at full retail price.
I was thinking about how Samsung fit the 5.0 screen into a smaller overall form factor for the S4, than the S3, and realized that the jump was only .2 higher from the S3. All of the rumors about the Note 3 following the same/similar train of thought are a little off base in comparison, as the jump would be double of what was done with screen size between the S3 and S4.
Note 2 is really borderline for me, as far as overall comfort level due to physical size. I'm not willing to risk comfortability, just for screen size.