IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #48 Describe a useful APP on phones, computers or tablets you know

Describe a useful APP on phones, computers or tablets you know You should say:
What the app is?
How long you have used it? What it is use for?
And explain why you think it is useful.

Sample Answer:

‘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 favorite 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 traveler and hiker like me. It helps me to recognize 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 measures to guide the travelers.

Follow-up questions:

  1. Is it convenient to use an APP?
    Yes, current apps in the mobile devices are definitely user friendly. For example, when you want to take a picture, you just click the icon of that app, point to the people or landscape that you want, and then click the virtual shutter on the display to shot. The pictures will be saved in the devices automatically.
  2. What are the drawbacks about using an APP?
    Well, I think it is fair to say that there are a few negative aspects with regard to these apps. I guess the most unfavorable quality would be that people will indulge themselves into the virtual world, rather than interacting with others in the real world. For instance, there are several social network apps that attract users so much that they are addicted to chat with online friends but neglect to communicate with people nearby. As well as this, an additional limitation may be that these apps would to some extent leak the users’ privacy. On top of that, another shortcoming of using app too much is that it will do harm to people’s eyesight’s, especially for children.
  3. Is using an APP more acceptable for the young people than the old?
    Yes, I feel that young people will find much easier to handle them than the old for a couple of reasons. First of all, young people would like to try new things and learn them very fast. For example, I still remembered that I spent a week learning the computer programme language to draw a Super Mario in my computer when I was in elementary school. As well as that, I believe most of these apps spring up to cater to the young people, such as the social network, mobile games, music; whereas there is a limited range of apps that designed for old people, like news particularly.

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