Percentages of mobile phone owners using various mobile phone features

Percentages of mobile phone owners using various mobile phone features
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IELTS Writing Task 1: look carefully!

It’s really important that you take time to notice and select the main features for your description of a graph, chart or diagram.

Look at the table above and a student’s summary of main features below.

Overall, it can be seen that the people who used mobile phones for making calls were at the top in all three years. However, it is noticeable that there is no record of Internet usage and video recording in 2006.

I told the student that I thought she had missed some of the key features shown in the table. What main features can you see if you look more carefully?

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IELTS Writing Task 1: the main features

Last week I wrote about looking carefully to find the main features before you start your description of a graph, chart or diagram. In the table below, I’ve highlighted my choices for the main features (in purple).

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Here’s my paragraph describing the information highlighted above:

It is clear that between 2006 and 2010 the main reason why people used their mobile phones was to make calls. However, during the same period there was a marked increase in the popularity of other mobile phone features, with the most dramatic increase being seen in the use of mobiles to search the Internet.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: the details

After describing the main features or general trends shown on a graph or chart, we need to describe specific details. It’s important to include some numbers and make some comparisons.

Whenever a chart shows years, I describe the details starting with the first year and the highest figure(s). Here’s an example paragraph about the year 2006:

In 2006, 100% of mobile phone owners used their phones to make calls, while the next most popular uses of mobiles were for text messaging (73%) and taking photos (66%). By contrast, less than a fifth of owners played games or music on their phones, and there were no figures for users doing Internet searches or recording video.

After this, I would write a final paragraph containing a few key numbers for the other two years (2008 and 2010). I’ll show you my full essay next week.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: correct the mistakes

The following sentences were written about the table in this lesson. Try to correct or improve them.

  1. In 2006, make calls was 100% of mobile phone users.
  2. Text messaging was in second place and taking photos was third.
  3. Playing games and music were less popular, they had less than 20% each.
  4. In 2010, the use of mobiles to play games was increased significantly.
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The table compares the percentage of mobile phone functions which phone owners use in their mobile phone between 2006 and 2010.

It is clear that the main reason why users used your mobile phone was to make calls. Although, search the internet function owned the marked increase in the percentage of mobile phone features.

In 2006, 100% of mobile phone owners used their phones to make calls. The next most popular functions were taken photos and send & receive text messages function which was 66% and 73% respectively. By contrast, search the internet and play music functions which were not almost used by mobile phone owners in 2006.

The percentage of users who used their phones to access the internet strongly boomed from no data in 2006 to 73 % in 2010. There was a significant increase in Record video features from 9 % in 2008 to 35 % in 2010. Overall, the trend of mobile phone feature figures was just little change but the top three functions were maintained over four years from 2006 to 2010.

The table illustrates the figure for different mobile phone features that were used by the possessors in three periods of time 2006, 2008 and 2010.

It can be observed that making phone calls was the most frequently used feature over the period. Meanwhile, people used phones for both searching the internet and recording video witnessing an upward trend.

In 2006, the proportion of phone calls usage was the largest, accounting for 100%, while text messaging and taking photos function were a little less common, at 73% and 66% respectively. However, the figures for using phones to play games or play music were just under 20%, and there was no one searching the internet and recording video on their phones.

Over the following 4 years, the top three mobile phone features still remained their popularity, just a little change in their figures. In contrast, there was an increase in the percentage of people browsing the internet on their phone, from 41% (2008) to 73% (2010). Likewise, recording video feature also drastically rose to 9% in 2008 and then 73% in 2010.

The table shows the information about the users’ characteristics of using their mobile phones from 2006 to 2010.
It is clearly that making phone call was the most popular function while at the beginning of the period, there was noone using mobile phones to search the internet of record video but the figures had an upward trend during the rest of the period.
Throughout the period, making phone call was always stood at the top with 100% of the users did it in 2006 and 2008, and 99% in 2010. Next positions were sending and receivng text message and taking photos respectively. The second figure started at 73% in 2006 then increased to 75 in 2008 then 79% in 2010. Number of people using their phones to take photos rose uniformly 5% in each period and reached 76% in 2010.
Under 20% of being used in 2006, playing games and playing music were 17% and 12%, respectively. Both fuctions increased in next 4 years but the figure of playing games was much more than playing music. It was more than twice as many as in 2008 with 42% then decreased 1% in 2010 while palying musics rose slowlier and reached only 26% in 2010. Although no one used their phone to search the internet in 2006, the figure boomed to 41% in 2008 and remarkable went up to 73% in 2010. The percentage of recording video was 35% in 2010, fewer than as one second as searching internet function

IELTS Writing Task 1: mobile phones essay

Here’s my full essay about the table in last week’s lesson:

The table compares the percentages of people using different functions of their mobile phones between 2006 and 2010.

Throughout the period shown, the main reason why people used their mobile phones was to make calls. However, there was a marked increase in the popularity of other mobile phone features, particularly the Internet search feature.

In 2006, 100% of mobile phone owners used their phones to make calls, while the next most popular functions were text messaging (73%) and taking photos (66%). By contrast, less than 20% of owners played games or music on their phones, and there were no figures for users doing Internet searches or recording video.

Over the following 4 years, there was relatively little change in the figures for the top three mobile phone features. However, the percentage of people using their phones to access the Internet jumped to 41% in 2008 and then to 73% in 2010. There was also a significant rise in the use of mobiles to play games and to record video, with figures reaching 41% and 35% respectively in 2010.

Note:
The above essay isn’t perfect, but it’s still good enough for a band 9. You are not expected to write a masterpiece in only 20 minutes.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: more sentence practice

Let’s try another exercise to practise writing sentences. Can you describe the figures that I’ve highlighted on the table below?

Note: I’m asking you to write three easy sentences. Please don’t try to show off; just describe the information as clearly as you can.

  1. For the first sentence, you’re just describing one number.
  2. The second sentence will compare three numbers in one year.
  3. The third sentence should describe a change.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: three sample sentences

Let’s look at some sample sentences that describe the highlighted information on the table below.

1) A simple description of one number:

In 2006, 17% of mobile phone owners played games on their phones.

2) Comparing three numbers in the same sentence:

In 2010, 73% of mobile phone owners used their phones to search the Internet, while 41% of users played games and only 26% of people played music on their phones.

3) Describing a change in numbers:

Between 2008 and 2010, the proportion of mobile phone owners who recorded videos on their phones rose by 26%, from 9% to 35%.

Tip:
These three types of sentence are so important. If you want to do well in IELTS writing task 1, you should practise them a lot!

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The table shows the proportions of cell phone possessors who use different features of their phones from 2006 to 2010.

It is noticeable that make calls was the main reason for using mobile phones of people over the period shown. However, other mobile phone functions witnessed a dramatic increase in the owners, particularly the Internet search function.

In 2006, 100% people owning mobile phones used their phones for making calls, whereas text massaging and taking photos were also common features, at 73% and 66% respectively. On the contrary, no users did Internet search or recorded video, and playing games or music took for only less than 20% of owners.

Over the following 4 years, three mobile phone functions which was the most popular made a little change. In contrast to this, the proportion of people using their phones to access the Internet increased significantly,at 41% in 2008 and 73% in 2010. The remarkable rise in playing games and recording video were 41% and 35% in 2010.

The figures on the table show the percentages of mobile phone owners using various functions during three periods 2006, 2008 and 2010.

As shown on table, the most popular feature which phone owners use was phone calls making. There was tremendous growth recoded in using other functions.

100% of phone owners used phone call function and it ranked at first place for three periods. Text messaging and picture taking took second place (73%) and third place (66%) respectively in 2006. However, gaming and music playing were less popular features in this period, the percentage of users who concerned to them were below 20%. Especially, there was no record for owners using features such Internet searching and video record in this period.

Four years later, top three functions had a slight increase and there was an enormous surge of trending features such as video recording, music playing, Internet searching and gaming. The data of phone users using video recording was 9% in 2008 and then jumped dramatically to 35% in 2010. Music playing and Internet searching boomed to 26% and 73% respectively. The figure for gaming users leapt from 17% to 41% in 2010.

The table gives information about the percentage of mobile phone owners who used different functions on their phones in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

Overall, making phone calls was the most commonly used feature. However, there was a remarkable increase in searching the internet and recording video once they became available in 2008.

In 2006 and 2008, all phone owners used their phones to make calls. This figure dropped slightly to 99 percent in 2010. The next most popular feature was texting, which had a small increase over the period, from 73 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2010. There was also a rise in taking photos, with a 10 percent increase from 66 to 76 percent over the period.

The biggest increases were for the remaining features. Playing games and playing music both more than doubled in popularity. The percentage of people playing games on their phones was 17 percent in 2006 and just over 40 percent in 2010, while playing music grew from about one-eighth of phone users to over a quarter. Finally, searching the internet went from no data in 2006 to 73 percent of mobile phone owners using this feature in 2010. Whereas recording video became a new feature at the same time, only around one-third of people used this feature by 2010.