IELTS Cue Card Sample 486 - Describe an app you use on your mobile phone

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an app you use on your mobile phone.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how you use it
  • what benefits you get from this app

and explain why this mobile app is important to you.

[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.]

Sample Answer 1:
I own a Sony smartphone and it is powered by the Android mobile operating system. One of the applications I frequently use on my phone is Gmail. This is an email application that allows any Gmail user to send or receive emails. This application enables me to check my emails or send an email whenever I need to. Gmail is a free email service provider which is owned by the tech giant Google
Inc.

Both my personal and work email accounts are in Gmail and I have to check for new emails several times and day. I often send emails to my colleagues, friends and family members using this application. The application is quite easy to use and offers an intuitive interface. To use it, I just have to tap on the app icon and the main interface appears. The home screen shows the Inbox, Compose Email, Search and Menu options. The menu brings several other options including the categorised email viewing option along with the 'Label' feature. I can use the 'Label' and 'Tag' features to manage categories of my emails. The emails I sent are saved in the 'Sent' folder and deleting an email takes just a tap of a finger. The 'Settings' and 'Help' options are present at the bottom of the menu. The 'Search' feature helps me find any email quite easily. Furthermore, whenever, I need to open a document,  I can either save it to the local memory or directly open it using Google docs and this is quite convenient for me.

The Gmail mobile application is one of the most downloaded and widely used applications that has more than 1 billion users. Gmail used to offer more than 1 GB storage a few years back and these days Google accounts holders have access to a shared pool of storage i.e. every account holder of Google gets 15 GB of free space, which is shared across his Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+ Photos. It also offers 25 MB attachment option in a single email. I often need to send large files, especially to my colleagues and I find Gmail application a lifesaver for me! This application that I use for accessing my email has an advanced spam filtering feature which keeps my 'Inbox' clean and keeps away the spammers.

I have tried a few other email service providers and their emails access applications before I finally switched to Gmail. In terms of features, storage, accessibility, performance, security, Gmail application is second to none. I have been using this application for more than 6 years and it hardly crashes or cause any problem.

Since email has become one of the primary modes of communications and we cannot do without it in modern days. we need to use a handy email application so that we can check or send emails anytime, even when we are on the streets. The Gmail application perfectly match the requirements and expectations I have for such an application. Finally, I would like to say that this is the most important mobile application to me. 


 

Sample Answer 2:
Recently I have bought an iPhone 7 mobile phone and I am very glad of its features and performance. I installed the Viber application and this is a very useful application for me. Now I will describe the features of this particular application, how I use it and why this is a handy mobile application for me. 

In fact, Viber is a kind of platform that is able to transmit messages instantly to another end where the similar app is being used. Besides, the app is able to transmit images, audios or even videos as well. So, globally a wide range of people use this app for instant messaging. As a direct result, it has become a popular communication app for smartphone users. The platform has been developed by Viber Media, an Israel-based company. Now the app is available for several mobile operating systems like iOS for Apple, Android, BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone and others. The number of registered users is on increase for this app. 

Using Viber is very easy and efficient. There are no complexities of the installation process. At first, the smartphone users are to download the app on their device from their respective app sources like iTunes App Store or Google Play store. Then they are to install the app on the device and set it up. During the installation process, they are to allow the app to use some of the features of the phone like access to the phonebook or photos etc. Besides, the app may ask for permission on some other specific issues based on your device features. Once the installation is done, one can start using the app. But without an active internet connection, the app will not work. The users would not be able to send or receive any messages or notifications. So, an active internet connection is required to use Viber.   

I am glad about this app. It has helped me greatly to cut my phone call costs. In fact, communication through the app is for free. Only some megabytes are used to send or receive the messages. So, I do not need to pay any extra charge for making a call on Viber. Besides, it is easier to send images using this app. Using the smartphone, any Viber user can send images from the device’s image library. The app comes with another special feature using which I can create a group with the other users and may have chats with them where I can share my latest images. The use of emoticons is also another feature that is benefiting me to express my feelings.  

In this age of globalisation, using the internet-based apps to communicate is the best way, in my opinion, and experience. As a student, often I need to share my notes with my buddies and it helps me in sharing the notes and lessons in image formats. Besides, the cost is quite low. Additionally, I am able to share my other important events using the images and emoticons. But such facilities are still unavailable with the ordinary telecommunication system. Though they are present in some mobile platforms, they are available on a limited scale which cannot express the entire emotional state. Besides, Viber has a number of functionalities and the users can also buy credits to make voice calls. The user interface is attractive and allows me to have my image with my contact details. I prefer this application for all the advantages it offers.

More Ideas to talk about this Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card topic:

Topic: Describe an app you use on your mobile phone.

1. I am a businessman here in Hong Kong and a smartphone user. I frequently need to use apps for multifarious reasons. And often I use the Skype on my mobile to communicate with other people. This is an external app and it requires the internet connection to be used. I can make phone calls, video calls and even chat with people who have the similar app. The mobility of the app is the best benefit for me as I cannot sit before a computer always. So, I carry the app on my mobile phone and thus the app is highly important to me.

2. Reading newspaper is my hobby and I have downloaded a newspaper app on my phone. The app is named after the newspaper and I need to use WiFi plans or my mobile data to use the app. The app is highly beneficial to me because I can know the latest happenings in the world through the app. Whenever there is a news updated in the newspaper, it notifies me. So, I check the news and get the latest updates. The app is important because I have less time to check the newspaper and I remain busy round the day. So this is unfeasible for me to collect the newspaper and know everything. Hence, the app is important to me.

3. Browsing the internet on the mobile phone is easy and when there is a light browsing app, the experience becomes smoother. I use the browser often to search important matters on the internet. The app is beneficial in many terms such as this is light and takes less space for installation, browsing is faster and compatible with my mobile phone. The app is also important to me because it allows certain features of the computer. I can make bookmarks too here. Based on the matter, the app is important to me.

4. I am an early riser and use my cell phone app to get up early. I use an alarm application on the phone. This is a very special app for me and I set the alarm for the early morning. I do not need any internet connection to use the app and it runs with the other internal applications. The app basically helps to rise in the early morning and move for the morning walk. The alarm is important to me as it helps to rise in time. Besides, the interface of the app is also attractive and often helps me to remind important things.

5. The ram cleaner that I use on my mobile phone is a hybrid app. The use of the app is easier. I just tap on the app and it starts running. The application cleans all the unnecessary files from the mobile phone and makes it faster. Besides, there are some other benefits as well like it helps the phone battery to get perfectly charged. It also reminds me of the charging time to place the phone in charge. The app is important to me because it helps to maintain the phone’s health rightly.    
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