With its shiny metallic frame, the Galaxy Note 8 has a handsome look. But if a metal case is a must-have, then Apple and its aluminum unibody wins over Samsung's all-plastic shell. Both feel comfortable to hold with one or two hands, and both are equally vulnerable to damage if dropped. Except for length, physical dimensions of the Galaxy Note 8 and iPad mini are essentially identical. Both are 5.3 inches wide and less than a third of an inch thick. The Galaxy Note 8 is 8.3 inches long to iPad mini's 7.9 inches. Apple's little tablet tips the scales just shy of 11 ounces (10.88 ounces) while Note 8 weighs in around 12 ounces with 3G/LTE or Wi-Fi.