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Comparing two charts

Learn how to write about and compare two pie charts.

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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.


  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.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I have a smartphone and an Ipad, but I don't use this any more, because it's getting very old and it doesn't work well. I could buy another, but I prefer the smartphone, which is up-to-date. After all I have a notebook also and I use it when I do things that need a bigger screen, as, for example, learning a language, reading or writing some long texts.

I have only a smartphone which I use daily. I think it is one common consumption for people of technology. Most employees own, and they want to use more their smartphones than their tablets because smartphones are a good communication form. In contrast, tablets are good entertainment for teenagers so they want to spend to listen to music or to download any video streams on their tablets.

In the same way, you can use also your smartphone to watch on any video or to listen to music but smartphones are designed more for communication than entertainment.

In conclusion, smartphones are the leader in our life. This can be facilitated our communication form if you have been contracting a new company which is located abroad, then it is considered on the first communication tool.

Teacher, could we use the :
The percentage is 57% of the time for those who use the smartphone while the tablet users spend just 35%.

Hi mxoubi0,

It's a good description but a correction is needed: ... for those who use a smartphone.

Also, I recommend making the subject (The percentage) clearer by stating what you are describing. For example, you could say:

  • The percentage of time spent playing games is 57% ...

(But this might not be needed if the topic is already clearly mentioned in previous sentences.)

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I use my smartphone to do everything from talking to my friends and family, surfing in internet and using social networking, however the tablet is for the kids to play ,and learn .

Yes. I did. The differences I noticed is that I has preferences for usage between the two device. Actually, there are some similarities.

Unfortunately I have only a smartphone . But I think that the tablet if more useful because it is bigger and it is easy to use more the smartphone.

yes l have both smartphone and tablet , most of usage for smart phone is for contacting with family and friend , while quarter of tablet usage is for working . however both device are using for entertainment and social media .

I do not have a tablet because I constantly use my smartphone for everthing and he's responds to all my requirements, but my sister owned it once and she enjoyed it. I think to have a tablet you might need to use more space in your bag and it is not pratice at all, so that's probably I will never buy one.

I only have a smartphone, but I wish to have a tablet in the future. As I work with drawing an ipad would be perfect in comparison with the Wacom I own. However, while I don't have enough money I'll keep doing my best with my current work set.