Galaxy S 2?

What's the big deal about this phone? I haven't seen very much about it, and yet there are people on these forums who want it over the Galaxy Nexus. Why do people want another skinned phone like this? Is the hardware improvement that much better? On a side note, what about the Galaxy Note? I don't know what's with a phablet that would make anyone excited. I may just be entirely out of touch here, but I haven't heard anything about either of these devices worth getting excited about. Anyone care to fill me in?