IELTS Cue Card: Describe something you have bought recently

Describe something you have bought recently

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 235 with Model Answer:

Describe something you have bought recently.

You should say:
  • what you've bought
  • where you've bought it from
  • how much it has cost you
and explain why you've bought it and how you use it.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
I am a trendy girl here in India and want to keep pace with the modernity. So, I do not miss the chances to be in track of the modern age. Recently I have bought a smartphone for my personal use by replacing the old mobile phone set I had.

Recently, mobile phones have become one of the most important companions for us. We cannot do a single moment without the mobile phone. It has happened as the time has been advanced to a great extent. People need to be in touch constantly and at the present time this is highly important. Hence, the need of mobile phones emerged. Earlier, people did not have so much urgency to maintain a close interaction but for the need of time, the close association has become important. The interaction is maintained by communication and mobile phone is the tool that helps people to keep connected with all. In line with the trend, I also used a mobile phone but the handset was old. So, I have bought this new handset.

In Delhi, there are a wide number of shopping malls and stores who sell mobile phone sets. I bought my HTC 626G+ dual sim mobile phone from a local mobile phone selling store in Delhi. The shop is named as The Mobile Store. The store location is at Abhishekh Tower in Alakanda in New Delhi. The store sells mobile phones of different brands and I preferred HTC for some specific reasons. The first thing is that I needed a clear and high-resolution camera to click pictures. Moreover, I needed to browse the internet on the mobile when I am out and for that, I needed a handset that will provide me a good speed with the internet. Budgeting was another important issue. Since I am a student, I could not afford very expensive mobile phones like the latest iPhone or Samsung. So, I picked the HTC from the store to meet my needs.

HTC is a renowned brand and the price range varies based on the phone set features. The phone that I bought cost me rupees only 12999. They have less pricy phones for use but I picked this one based on my budget. In fact, I had rupees 15,000 as my budget and planned to have a phone set within this range. So, when I found that I could get it within 13,000 rupees, I decided to get the phone. The phone is excellent and I could also use double sim cards in a single set. I do not need to carry a couple of mobile phones with me for each of the sim cards. Besides, the phone owns some special features like 5 inches touch screen display and the display resolution is 720*1280 pixels. Besides, the mobile has a camera of 13 megapixels while the front camera belongs to 2.2 megapixels. Moreover, the screen feels smoother when I touch it either to make phone calls or browse the internet. The internet speed is much faster than I expected.

I bought the phone considering several aspects and having the best use of the phone. Firstly I needed a mobile phone that will serve all of my purposes and the battery should last longer. HTC 626 G+ is the same as I expected. The battery backup is satisfactory and I could use it easily without charging for at least two days. My friend, who took me to the store, advised me to take HTC as he is also using the same phone. Besides, the phone looked smarter than the other phones to me and the colour was gorgeous. Pricing was another important dominating factor here and considering all the issues, I have bought the phone. Now I use the phone for different purposes. I use it mostly to click pictures and often I take ‘selfies’ with my friends and upload them on the social networking site – Facebook through the mobile phone. Moreover, I use the phone for browsing the internet when I am out of my home. Since I do not have any laptop or modem, I have to rely on my cell phone for the internet. Since this is an android device, I can easily install my preferred apps or games and often play the games in my leisure. I am happy indeed with the phone.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe something you have bought recently." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards topics as well: 

  • Describe something important you have.
  • Describe something you want to purchase. 
  • Describe a gift you gave to someone. 
  • Talk about a gift you bought that took you a long. 
  • Describe something you were given by a friend or a family member. 
  • Describe an electronic gadget you have.