READING – Technology

Key words

Guess the topic

2- Look at the following key words from the text and write what you think the text is about:

Mobile phones






The Evolution of Mobile Phones

In the late 1990s, something big happened in the world of technology: mobile phones came into our lives. These early phones were quite different from today’s sophisticated iPhones and similar gadgets. In this article, we’ll talk about how mobile phones have changed from the late ’90s until now and how they affect our lives.

Back in the late ’90s, we had mobile phones, but they were huge and heavy, often called “brick phones.” They were mainly used for calling and sending text messages, so these phones were not like the trendy ones we have today. Despite their limitations, these mobile phones were seen as a modern gadget that made us feel we belonged to the contemporary age, as we were able to communicate with friends, family and colleagues while we were outdoors, which was unthinkable with landline phones.

As we moved into the early 2000s, mobile phones started to become more useful. They became more than just things to talk on. We got black-and-white screens, basic cameras, and slow internet. People began using them for taking pictures, playing simple games, and looking at basic websites. Although these mobile phones provided a better entertainment, the best was yet to come.

The big change in mobile phones came when Apple introduced the first iPhone in 2007. This phone was different. It looked good, had a friendly screen, a powerful brain, and an App Store where we could get all sorts of cool apps, marking the moment when smartphones took over. Nowadays, these pocket-sized marvels serve as our communication hubs, photography tools, entertainment centres, productivity aids, and shopping portals. They connect us to social media, health and fitness apps, among others.


Look at these two sentences:

  • Despite their limitations, these mobile phones were seen as a modern gadget
    A pesar de sus limitaciones, estos móviles eran vistos como un aparato moderno
  • Although these mobile phones provided a better entertainment, the best was yet to come.
    Aunque estos móviles proporcionaban un mejor entretenimiento, lo mejor estaba por llegar

Las dos oraciones tienen algo en común: las ideas en ambas oraciones están conectadas de la misma manera. En las dos tenemos un conector al comienzo que concede/acepta una idea, que es superada por la siguiente idea. Si te fijas, “despite” va seguido de un sustantivo, mientras que “although” va seguido de una oración. Así los vamos a usar.



Let’s take a closer look at how the ideas in the text are organised, so you can organise the ideas in your articles better.

First paragraph: The author tells us that something happened in the 1990s and compares it with today’s situation. Then he/she tells us what the article is about.

Second paragraph: Beginning of mobile phones. Characteristics. Then he describes how people felt about mobile phones at that time, so that the reader can understand it better.

Third paragraph: development of mobile phones. Characteristics. Comparison to the previous phones and to more modern phones. (a bit of suspense with the expression “the best was yet to come” – “lo mejor estaba por llegar)

Fourth paragraph: Emergence of iphones and smartphones. Characteristics.

Conclusion: We don’t have a conclusion. In the next exercise, you have to write a conclusion that is in harmony with the rest of the text. Good luck!



The text lacks a conclusion. Write one.