With the iPad mini, Apple continues the aluminum unibody construction idea introduced with new 13- and 15-inch MacBook models in 2008. Unibody gives MacBooks and the iPad mini a solid, sturdy feel and simplifies servicing. The Galaxy Tab 2 is encased within a solid metal jacket, but its glass is surrounded by a thin plastic frame. Both devices are comfortable to hold in one or two hands, and we'd venture to guess that either would likely break if dropped from a height of a few feet onto a hard surface.
As for height and width, the two are nearly identical. The iPad mini measures 7.9 inches high by 5.3 inches wide, and the Galaxy Tab 2 occupies a 7.6-by-4.8-inch footprint. But for thickness, Apple at 0.289 inches wins by more than an eighth of an inch compared with Samsung's 0.41 inches. And despite 35 percent more glass, Apple weighs in at 0.68 lbs. compared with Samsung's 0.76 lbs.