IELTS Cue Card 608 - Describe a piece of modern technology you own (like Kindle, smartphone etc.)

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

Describe a piece of modern technology you own (like Kindle, smartphone etc.)

You should say:

  • what it is
  • what you use it for
  • how long you have been owning it

and explain why it 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 are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:

Canon 6D Mark II is a piece of modern technology in the arena of photography. This is one of the latest cameras in the market from the reputed camera manufacturer - Canon. It is an impressive piece of technology to capture both the pictures and videos. The 26.2-megapixel camera was released in July this year. I am very satisfied to own this piece of contemporary technology and it is quite handy for me. I would like to thank you for this great topic.
To tell you the truth, I am an amateur photographer and in fact, I am learning photography for the past two years. So, I needed a quality camera for my practical class and to take photos to enhance my skills in photography. Earlier, I used my mobile phone to capture some photos but there were some resolutions issues. Hence, I decided to get a branded camera recommended by my teacher. Accordingly, I got this wonderful piece.
To be precise, I have been using the camera from January of this year. In fact, I had to wait a few days for the camera to reach my country, Nepal. I ordered the camera from an online store and it took nearly a week for them to deliver the package to my doorstep. It has become a constant companion for me since the day I got it.
This camera is important to me for its extraordinary image taking capability. The full-frame sensor of the camera is outstanding and the DIGIC 7 image processor works beyond expectation. I am glad about the crystal clear images and high resolution that makes the captured picture quite vivid. Besides, the swivel and tilt touchscreen of the camera has brought a revolution in the photography industry. I am in love with the 6D II for its full-frame. The viewfinder enhancement has changed my experience indeed. Due to all the reasons, the camera is of great importance to me.

Sample Answer 2:

They say dependency on technology is a bad thing and that makes me wonder how could I ever manage to go on without the smartphone I have! I would like to thank you for this nice topic and would talk about the smartphone I proudly own and use.
To give the details of this piece of technology - this is a smartphone by Samsung and the model is Galaxy S9. I do not own this particular model for a long as it was recently released but if I consider the time duration for which I have owned a smartphone, that would be really long, perhaps six to seven years at least.
What I use it for? Well - I use it for an array of reasons. The first and most obvious reason is to be able to talk to others and get in touch with the people I care about. The second most apparent reason is to get connected to the Internet where I can check and send emails, use social networking websites and applications, chat with friends and family, share my pictures, listen to music and browse different websites. But the utilisation of this handheld device is really large. I would try to give you some examples which would depict how widely this device is used. Well, it has a built-in alarm clock that I use daily to wake up on time, I capture stunning pictures in bright daylight and super low light with this camera, I listen to my favourite music or watch a YouTube video on it. I even hail a taxi using the application installed in it and pay my bills using the online wallet I have. For all these reasons this has become more than a phone to me.
I guess something becomes essential when it serves important purposes for us. The smartphone is irreplaceable for me, and for many others who use it daily for sending emails, hiring a taxi or paying bills - to mention a few utilisations it offers. The range goes on and the smartphone is more than a phone now, it is a serious device for many serious purposes in our life.


Your preparation for the cue card topic "Describe a piece of modern technology you own (like Kindle, smartphone etc.)" would qualify you to talk about the following cue card topics as well:

1. Describe something useful you own.
2. Describe something expensive you own.
3. Describe one of your important possessions.
4. Describe something you use daily.
5. Describe something you cannot do without.
6. Describe a device or tool you have recently purchased.
7. Describe something you want to purchase soon.

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