IELTS Task 1 Writing – Mobile Devices

IELTS Writing Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The charts show (illustrate, depict, delineate, indicate, present, represent) the time spent on two devices according to various categories. Describe the main features and make comparisons where relevant. 

Write at least 150 words. 

*You should write between 180 and 220 words to get a really good band score 


The two pie charts depict the percentage of time spent on smartphones and tablets as per six different categories of software, ranging from games to social networking, utilities and several others. 

(Main feature – focus on the overall picture rather than the detailed information)

At first glance, it is clear that there are three categories for each device that make up the bulk of the time spent using them; the remaining three categories for either smartphones or tablets account for roughly a quarter of their usage. (This is also my “thesis statement”)

(Analyses – make sure to indicate your points of comparison and then write)

In greater detail, gaming makes up about a third of the time people spend on their smartphones while the same purpose accounts for more than a half of people’s time on tablets. However, when it comes to social media apps, smartphone users spend twice as much time with these software than tablet users, at 30% of the total. Furthermore, there is a significant difference in the use of time for utility apps between these two devices, at 20% and 3% respectively for smartphones versus tablets. Conversely, apps for music and videos are used 5% more for tablets than smartphones at 13%. News apps make up a small proportion for both devices at just 3% and 4%. The remaining small amounts of time are made up by using “other” various apps. 

In summary, it can be seen that the majority of time users spend on these devices is for entertainment, gaming, social networking, and music and video. 

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