MrCrowley wrote:My phone isn't even close to top of the line, SE K770i, and it has multiple settings for different depths of field (landscape, focus on background), indoors with flash, indoors without flash, outdoors with flash, outdoors without flash, night with flash, night without flash, beach/snow with flash, beach/snow without flash etc
This phone was released in 2007...I think some people are living in the past when they think of cellphone pictures.
Still, some of what you describe can be done with a variable shutter speed. Only the depth of field stuff requires a variable aperture.
Any phone with a flash probably is "high end", or at least, it's more advanced than the majority of phone cameras.
Looking at the phone camera photos you see in various places on the web the quality is almost universally poor. It may well be that most of that crappy quality is from the user not knowing what they are doing, smudges on the lens, ...