IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Mobile Phones: Study the sample answers to the topic questions about smartphones or mobile phones. Learn topic vocabulary, and collocations, and understand how the speaker developed his answers targeting the criteria, Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, and Grammar Range and Accuracy. 


The sample answers below simply provide you with ideas on how to communicate your thoughts better about phones that will help you achieve your target band score. Practice and achieve a band 7 or even a band 9!





What was your first mobile phone?


(Answer 1)


I had a keypad phone (a cell phone with a physical keypad on the device) from LG which I personally bought when I was a high school student. It was a small and basic phone with radio as the only entertainment. I remember I bought it for only $60.


(Answer 2)


My first phone ever was already a smartphone. It was an iPhone 4S which was given by my sister. She gave it to me because she upgraded (exchanged it for a better version) her phone to iPhone 5S. I was so happy at that time because I was the only one who didn’t own a phone in our class. I was 14 years old at that time.



Do you often use your mobile phone for texting or calls?


(Answer 1)


I often use my phone for video-calling. I have a Viber application installed on my phone which I can use for contacting my family and friends. But if I don’t have mobile data or internet connection, I simply call them as I subscribe to a postpaid plan where I can call and text without restrictions.


(Answer 2)


Well, I seldom call my friends or family unless it’s an emergency because it’s costly. More often than not, I use my phone for text messaging because it’s affordable. And since we have access to a wi-fi connection at work, I use my smartphone for video-calling as well, but of course, I only do that during lunch break. 



Will you buy a new one in the future?


(Answer 1)


Absolutely! The phone that I’ve been using is already outdated – when I surf the net, webpages don’t load (to provide information) quickly. Besides, the resolution of the camera is pretty low. I think I’ll buy a new smartphone next month. 


(Answer 2)


Well, I don’t have any plan of buying a new phone anytime sooner because I’ve just bought the latest model of iPhone and I’m pretty satisfied with this new phone of mine. It actually cost me an arm and a leg (a very large amount of money) but I couldn’t be happier (to be very happy) owning the latest model of iPhone. 




How has your mobile phone changed your life?


(Answer 1)


My smartphone has greatly improved my life in a way that I can do online banking at my fingertips  (readily available), interact with my friends or family members who are living abroad in real-time, search for directions with the use of Google Map, widen my knowledge through reading education sites, and more. Well, my mobile phone is a tiny thing yet one of the most useful things I possess (own)


(Answer 2)


Wow, that’s interesting! My phone has revolutionized (transformed) the way I live my life. My phone is my alarm clock, my teacher when I need to learn how to cook a new recipe, my guide when I’m not familiar with the place, my radio when I want to relax, my entertainer when I get bored,  and more. Thanks to the development of smartphone technology as I get to enjoy the conveniences in life. 




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