Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has revealed that he uses Samsung‘s Galaxy Z Fold 3 as his daily driver instead of Microsoft’s own Surface Duo 2. Samsung released the Galaxy Z Fold 3 last year as a successor to the Galaxy Fold 2. The device is part of the Galaxy Fold lineup that debuted back in 2019 with the original Galaxy Fold. While that device suffered from multiple reliability issues related to its folding screen, Samsung worked hard on that aspect over the past few years, ensuring improved reliability and durability for each succeeding generation.
With the Galaxy Z Fold 3 becoming one of the most successful folding smartphones in history, Samsung is now working on its successor, the provisionally-named Galaxy Z Fold 4. The new device is expected to largely retain the same design and form-factor as its predecessor, with a 6.2-inch cover display and a 7.6-inch main display. It is also said to ship with an improved in-display camera compared to the existing model. Reports also suggest that the Z Fold 4 might cost less than the Z Fold 3 as part of Samsung’s plans to take folding phones mainstream.
In a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) this week, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said that he uses Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 as his smartphone of choice, largely due to its massive screen that aids productivity. Answering to a question from a fellow Redditor, Gates said that he often switches between different devices, although the screen on the Z Fold 3 enables him to “get by with a great portable PC and the phone and nothing else.”
Following Gates’ revelation, some social media users immediately pointed out his continued preference of Android over iPhone, while others found it funny that he doesn’t use Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 despite using a very similar dual-screen, folding device. That said, the Z Fold 3 is generally believed to have hit the nail on the head in terms of design and practicality, while the Surface Duo has had mixed reviews for the most part.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time Bill Gates spoke about his preference for Android over iOS. Last year, during an interview on Clubhouse, Gates said that he prefers Android over iPhone, largely because Android phones often come with pre-installed Microsoft apps, which he has gotten used to over the years. Samsung devices, in particular, ship with a number of pre-installed Microsoft apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, etc. What’s more, the Your Phone app that allows Android phones to connect to Windows PCs also has several exclusive features for Galaxy phone owners like Bill Gates.