I specifically drove to AT&T yesterday for another look. The S Pen was missing in action. We all know how careful the public is with demo units. If it wasn't tethered to the display, I would have thought it was run over by a truck.
The manager came over to say hello (the result of my frequent buyer addiction) and mentioned that particular Note 2 had only been on display for days and it's his last, a good sign ours should ship soon.
To the topic, I expect to make very good use out of the S Pen and I've already prepared myself to be patient while getting acclimated. My only concern is its thin diameter. Hopefully I'll adapt.
After all I've read, and the terrific videos I've watched highlighting the pens advancements over last year's I'm completely sold on its exemplary usefulness.