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Ielts Speaking A product difficult to use at first

I’m going to tell you about the first smartphone that I got a couple of years ago. It was a Sony Xperia, the latest model of the brand at that time. While everyone was craving for an Iphone, I only loved Sony. Perhaps, I had always been a loyal fan of Japanese products, from clothing to hi-tech gadgets.

Actually, as a laid-back, old-fashioned person, I had no desire to keep up with the trend. My Nokia flip phone was still in perfect conditions but my work required a smartphone. More and more customers preferred to stay in touch on social network apps such as Whatsapp or Messenger, which are incompatible with outdated phones. So, after saving for two months, I was finally able to afford one but I have to admit that I am not a tech savvy person by any means. The thrill of having a trendy gadget quickly turned into frustration. I absolutely had no idea how to use it.

I thought it would be a piece of cake but in fact it was quite tricky as I was not used to touchscreen. Sometimes upon receiving an incoming call, I clumsily touched the “Decline” button by chance (instead of the “Accept”) and had to call them back. Moreover, there is no actual keyboard so it took me a while to figure out how to dial a new number. On top of that, I had no clue how to switch it off. I tried pressing the power button over and over but it only turned off the screen. I got perplexed. After touching all possible buttons in vain I went online and google “how to switch off a Sony Xperia”. It turned out that all I need to do is to keep pressing the power button for a little bit longer. How brilliant!

Now I can use my smartphone even without looking at the screen. After all, practice makes perfect. Still, I find it a bit daunting the first time I try any cutting – edge or multi-functional device. Perhaps, I have techno phobia.

IDIOMS: had no idea  /  A piece of cake/   by chance  /  A while  /  On top of that / In vain

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