Thinking about a Note 2.

I'm a long time iOS user, but I'm getting into software development (Starting with java then moving to other languages) and wanted to broaden my horizons a bit. I had a few questions for android and note users.

How critical is the silly stylus? Can I ignore it and still have the "phone" be fully functional? I feel like I'm just going to lose the damn thing if I pull it out with any sort of regularity.

I still have an iPod touch and an iPad, so I'm not really worried about losing all my apps or whatever. I triple boot my MBP with Windows, OS X and Ubuntu so I'm something of an OS whore.

I'm also taking donations to pay for the thing!