Your First Cell Phone versus Your First Smart Phone

In this advanced English listening video, an American man compares his first cell phone with his first smart phone.

Self Study


Listen to the dialogue in the episode again. Try to write down what they say and then check with the answers below.


My first phone was like an old Nokia.

It was a smaller phone but, it didn't do anything other than make phone calls, and I think I could play (snake), like a snake game on there.

And, my first android device, I guess I bought it maybe six years ago, it was the, it was the google phone at the time, it was the first android device, I didn't get an apple, but I bought the android.

And, it was amazing, I mean being able to instantly check my emails, ah, being able to, all the different cool apps, you can, you know, basically, at that point when I got that it replaced my camera, it replaced my mp3 player, it replaced my GPS, it just, it replaced all these other devices.

And I probably look at my phone at least, at least 50 times a day, mostly for emails, but I mean I play games on it, I mean I do anything and everything on it and I probably use it more than my computer, so it's definitely impacted my life.

Self Study

Use a voice recorder to try to summarize what they said in the episode. You can use the questions and answers below to help.


  • What was his old phone?
  • What could it do?
  • When did he buy his first smart phone?
  • What type of smart phone was it?
  • Why was it amazing?
  • What other devices did it replace?
  • How often does he look at his phone?
  • What does he mainly use his smart phone for?


He used to have a Nokia phone.

He could make calls with it, and play a simple game on it called 'Snake'.

He bought his first smart phone 6 years ago.

It was one of the first Google Android phones.

It was amazing because he could instantly check his email and download cool apps.

It replaced his digital camera, mp3 player, and GPS device.

He uses his smart phone at least 50 times a day.

He mainly uses his smart phone for checking emails and playing games.



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