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Describe an app you use in your mobile phone

IELTS Cue Card Question 9 With Model Answer:

Describe an app you use in your mobile phone.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • how you use it
  • what benefits do you get
and explain why this mobile app is important to you.

[You will have to talk about the topic for 1 to 2 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 1:
'Mobile phone' is one of the greatest inventions of the modern science. It appears that without the mobile phone life would not be as easier as it is today. The use of mobile phone is everywhere and it has become an important part of our daily life. We cannot do without it. I have an iPhone and there is a built-in application named compass. But I have also installed another compass which is more functional and attractive than the built-in one of my iPhone. The compass is a great thing for me. It is used to navigate and get directions.

I use the compass for navigational purpose. The compass is my favourite application on the phone. As I like travelling much, I visit different places in the country but it is not possible for me to know about the directions of the areas I am travelling in. Then I unlock the phone and use the compass to navigate and get the best direction towards my destination.

The compass is highly useful for a traveller and hiker like me. It helps me to recognise the directions to my objective and the most important issue is that I do not get lost wherever I go. I could get a direction to get out of the unknown roads and areas using the compass and a map of the area. It is also helpful to navigate at night times when there are no lights. I could also use the compass with the association of stars and get the right direction even in the darkest night when there is no light or directive measure to guide the travellers.

I have some very important gears to travel from place to place. All of those are necessary for my survival when I set out for a travel. But without a compass, they are nothing. If I fail to get the right direction of my destination, I could not be able to use the gears. The hiking and travelling gears will be of no use if I could not get out of my home and if I have a compass working well, I will be able to start the journey. Earlier, I had a physical compass but I broke that on my last trip. Then I decided to install a suitable compass app on my iPhone despite the built-in one as I cannot do my travelling without the virtual tool.

Cue Card Answer 2: 
I use a Sony Xperia series smartphone which has Android operating system. The Gmail Android application is one of the applications I use very frequently.

As it is an email application I mostly use it to check my emails and to send emails to others. On an average, I check my emails three to four times and send around 5-7 emails per day.

As a senior employee in a multinational company, I have to track the project status I work on and thus communicating with my team members and Chief Operating Officer is essential for me. The nature of projects I work on demands me to keep in touch virtually every hour – be it at office or home. Thus this application has immense importance for me. Our office rule makes it mandatory to use the Gmail as our primary official email address. Hence I am kind of obliged to use this application. Personally, I prefer Gmail over the Yahoo and Hotmail. Gmail is owned by the Google Incorporation and in my opinion, this is the best email client application for email users. The simple and user-friendly design, the ease of access and the convenience of receiving and sending attachments with this email client make it stand out from the crowd.

I use Gmail application for my personal communication with my friends and family members as well. The advanced spam filter of this application filters the spam and junk emails and thus I feel quite comfortable using this email application. The convenient notification system of this application alerts me whenever I get a new message and I can flag them or forward them very quickly. The tab-based email categorising of this application, which was very recently introduced, makes it easier to find out the important emails whereas it is quite hard for other email applications.

In fact, Gmail mobile application has an immense importance to me. Each morning I check my emails and can plan my day ahead. I can update my team members about any important change from anywhere and can keep in touch with my family members and friends. Thus this is an application I cannot do without personally and professionally.


Idea Generation for this Cue Card topic:

This should be a fairly easy topic for you to describe. You can talk about any mobile application you use like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Facebook Messenger, Google Maps, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts or even a simple utility application like 'Super Torch' or 'Alarm Clock'. Make sure you can give some details about the application you are talking about like how popular it is, who is the publisher of this apps and what benefits it has for you and whether it is a free or paid application. 

A web browser like Google Chrome, Opera Mini or Firefox for mobile can also be described. Avoid talking about any games like Angry Birds as they are often treated as a game rather than a utility application. 

You must mention the mobile phone you are using (iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, HTC etc.) and then mention the type of OS it has. 

Here we are picking the Android application "Instagram" and writing down some notes to properly talk about this application, as an example. You are advised to pick one of your most favourite mobile applications and do the same in the comment section.

What it is = Android application "Instagram".
How you use it = For photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking. It enables me to take pictures and videos and then share them on a variety of social networking platforms.
What benefits do you get = I can take and save precious moments via images and videos, I can share them over other popular social networking platforms, It gives various options to add effects to the images I take and finally it saves my photos and videos for later use.
And explain why this mobile app is important to you = I love to capture photos and videos with my handheld mobile phone and this application is one of the best one for taking photos on the go. I can share my photos and videos in a low internet bandwidth, update my profile and get in touch with my friends and family members. The photos and videos uploaded by me are stored on their server and I can retrieve those anytime I want. This application is fast and usages low resources of my cell phone. One of the most popular Android Applications, Instagram, is an application I can't do without.

Part 3: Details Discussion:

Q.  How can technology make our life easier?
A. Technology is the use of invented science and the uses of technological tools and that have made our life easier. For example, we are using watches to get time, watching television for different reasons, and using telephones for communication purposes etc and thus our life is made easier than before. But if there were no clock, television or the telephone are not invented, certainly, we should have stayed in the primitive age. The current advancement would not have been possible. Technology has changed that way we study, work or even spend our leisure time. With the help of the technology, we can have a better life standard with much more efficient tools and devices to help us in every way possible.

Q.  What are some greatest inventions you know about?
A. There are a large number of inventions have been done so far, but the most important invention appears to me is the invention of electricity. Then I should consider the invention of wheels which truly has made the communication system and movement easier for us. Thirdly I should consider the invention of the Internet, which has radically changed the world. Apart from that, the light bulb, aeroplane, penicillin and the telephone are some other greatest inventions of all time in my opinion. 

Q.  Why should we restrict the use of mobile phone in public places?
A. Mobile phone, undoubtedly, is an important invention but it has some detrimental impacts too. Using mobile phones at public places may appear indecent. Mobile phone users talk about countless issues but sometimes the speeches may cause irritation to others existing on the public spots. Moreover, the speakers may also reveal their secrets inadvertently that may hamper their privacy. Moreover, since the public places are always crowded, the chance of accidents is more while talking on mobile phones. 

Q.  Why mobile phones are gaining its popularity?
A. Mobile phones are gaining popularity as those are easy to carry. Moreover, someone can buy a mobile phone at an affordable cost and without any legal complexities. Besides, the tariffs are also economic. It is far more convenient than other means of communication systems and faster to deliver the message. So, the mobile phones are gaining popularity gradually. 

Q.  Can you do without your mobile phone?
A. In the current days, it is impossible for me to do without a mobile phone for a single day. I need the phone not only for communication purpose, but I also use the phone for passing my time by playing games, using internet applications and more other necessary issues. So it would be quite difficult for me not to use the mobile phone.

If you can talk about the cue card topic "Describe an app you use in your mobile phone." you should be able to talk about the following IELTS cue cards as well:  
  1. Describe your favourite mobile application.
  2. Talk about an application you often use in your mobile phone.
  3. Describe a piece of software you think is helpful for you.
  4. Describe a useful mobile application you know about.
  5. Describe a mobile application you can’t do without.

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