Just picked up my iPhone 5. Black/slate 32gig. I'm still setting it set up but most everything came over from my iPhone 4 backup clean.
I seriously considered the Note 2 but in the end I could not do it. I'm so comfortable in the iOS universe and that thing is HUGE! I would love to have both but since I have to pick one its iPhone 5. Say what you want but it helps me get through my day at work and home. Btw, this thing is fast. Wow!
Is it easier just to get the carrier to send it out or just go directly to the apple store?
I think that might be easier. Verizon/Fedex had issues with my last two phones ending up somewhere else. I might just goto the apple store.
I normally just go through the carrier. This time I went to Best Buy because of the $50 off promo. When the next iPhone comes out I will go to the apple store. My wife bought me my iPad at the apple store and she was amazed at the service. I want that experience next time.
So my point is that I would go to the Apple store if I were you. This way you know you walk out with the phone you want and working the way you want.