Comparing two charts

Learn how to write about and compare two pie charts.

Instructions

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.

Reading text



Overall, the two pie charts show that smartphones and tablets are used for the same purposes but to very different extents. 

The first pie chart shows how people spend their time on smartphones while the second pie chart illustrates how time is spent on tablets. For both types of device, the top use is for games, but the figures differ greatly. 57% of the time spent on a tablet is given to playing games, while only 35% of the time spent on a smartphone is used for this. In contrast, smartphone users spend 29% of their time on their gadget accessing social networking sites compared with just 15% of tablet time spent on the same activity.

The third most popular use of the tablet is for consuming entertainment, with users spending 13% of their tablet time watching videos and listening to music. Smartphone users, however, dedicate only 8% of their smartphone time to such entertainment, preferring instead to spend 20% of their time on their phone accessing utilities. These can include maps, weather information and calculators.

There is a clear difference in the way people are using their smartphones and tablets. In general, while tablets are being used more for gaming and other forms of entertainment, smartphones seem to be the preferred option for tasks as well as communication with the world around us.

Please note: This page was designed for writing practice only. Information in the charts may not be accurate.

Tips

  1. Before writing about the detailed figures, give an overview of what the graphs or charts represent.
  2. Say precisely what the data refers to. There is a difference between, for example, a user spending 57% of their time on games and a user spending 57% of their tablet time on games. (You can write % or per cent, but be consistent.)
  3. You don't need to describe all the information in the diagrams. Select the most important things.
  4. Don't repeat vocabulary. Use different words and phrases with the same or similar meanings, e.g. playing games = gaming.
  5. Use similarly, in the same way or also to show similarities.
  6. Use however, in contrast, but, while or instead to show differences.

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Submitted by Rita25 on Thu, 07/07/2022 - 02:47

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I have both devices. I normally use my smartphone for sending email, checking the weather and browsing through social media platform as well as shopping online. However when it comes to doing some studies I prefered to use a tablet since it has bigger screen and it keeps me disctracted from checking messages from time to time. To sum it up I can stay focus doing my studies when I use tablet. Both devices are extremely useful.

Submitted by 100COMENTARIOS on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 13:09

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I have smartphone and I use it to evething that need. I study, play some games, watch series, YouTube, pay accouts. I make all of it with my smartphone and it's fast, give me a practilaty in the routine of day by day. Also this tool, if it can be call that way, is not expensive for the majority of the people, you can make anything that you need with just one device, it's so good.

Submitted by Gizmoist on Thu, 10/03/2022 - 18:00

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I have both of them. I prefer using my tablet in my spare time to entertain and watch some series on digital platforms. Similarly, I also use my smartphone to watch series and entertain while I am travelling.
I spend more time on my smatphone to use for utilities such as maps, calculation and also for social media

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Mon, 14/02/2022 - 23:55

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Yes I have a smart phone and tablet. The tablet can be used as an alternative to a laptop. Yes there are similarities such as, the apps and functionality.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Tue, 09/11/2021 - 17:19

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I don't have tablets. I have a good smartphone. I do everything by smartphone like gaming, listening to music, online shopping,and other things.i don't see any differences in tablets and smartphones.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Mon, 01/11/2021 - 16:08

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I have only smartphone, I never had tabled. Other device which I use often is my laptop. I spend my time more common on my phone in social media, which is waste time :/ I use also for paying bills; watching weather forecast; send it text messages in Messenger; watching YouTube... From other device I teaching; watching movies...its more comfortable because the screen is bigger :)

Submitted by Ehsan on Tue, 03/08/2021 - 06:07

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I just have a smartphone. I've not had a tablet.

Submitted by In on Tue, 06/07/2021 - 00:44

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I only have a smartphone. I never had a tablet in my life.

Submitted by Dibesciak on Thu, 22/04/2021 - 18:27

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I never use a tablet in my life but I am using my smartphone a lot. Usually for social media and entertainment. My nieces use tablet very often for watching some educational videos and fairy tales.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Tue, 15/12/2020 - 15:53

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It's hard to compare for me because I don't have a tablet. But if I had, I guess my usage would look the same as in the text. Tablets have bigger screens so it's good to use them for gaming and watching videos. If I had one, I obviously used it to watch movies (maybe not blockbusters but TV show for sure) and perhaps for gaming. Although I'm not a gaming kind of person. Don't have enough time for playing games. But I used to play a lot before my kids were born. As for my smartphone, I use it almost like in the pie diagram from the text: calling, networking (Facebook mostly), using some applications (weather forecast, traffic situation or calling for a taxi), playing several simple games (like three in a row or so).