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[Gallery] The Best Pictures We’ve Taken with a Mobile Phone (So Far)

Over the weekend, Yash went cray-cray and piled up our usual late night twitter feed with his selection of the best pictures he’s taken with a mobile phone so far. After seeing that I figured I totally needed to go back over my Flickr Archives and see what I had in comparison. One thing led to another and well, here’s the best picture’s we’ve all taken with a mobile phone (so far).

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Sorted by mobile phone, Yash’s picks were:

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Nokia N73:

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Nokia N86:

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Through the glass... #N86

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N86 v20 Macro Mode

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Nokia N8:

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Rain, as seen by the N8

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Yeah, Diwali is here!

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Indian Puppets

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Golden Sunrise

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Sony Xperia X10:

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Ganpatipule Temple

Konkan (22)

Konkan (57)

Konkan (36)

Konkan (47)

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Nokia 808 PureView:

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Witch's Hour in Hyderabad

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Splashing Water Drops in Rain

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2012-12-30-0723

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Alvin chimed in with his photos as well. His picks are:

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Nokia N8:

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iPhone 4:

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2012-09-19 11.36.15 HDR

2012-09-27 18.41.02

2012-09-27 18.06.13

2012-09-25 11.31.22

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Nokia 808 PureView:

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Aatif got some very cool and insane long exposure shots with the PureView as well.

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Nokia N82:

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Spider

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Nokia 808 PureView:

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Psychedelic Bikers

Psychedelic Bikers

Psychedelic Bikers

Psychedelic Bikers

Psychedelic Bikers

PV-4

PV-5

PV-6

PV-7

PV-2

PV-3

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Michael Faro-Tusino
Michael’s N9 also managed to get some pretty neat shots.
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And ofcourse, you cant have a gallery of pictures taken with a mobile phone without me butting in with my collection.

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Nokia N95:

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Nokia N82:

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Nokia N86:

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Pretty Flowers !

Ouch

Leaving. On a Jet Plane.

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Yashaswi's Marriage

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Nokia N97 & N97 Mini:

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Mmmmm....Breakfast

Plane's finally here. Geez only 4 hours late.

Horsies ! (Again)

My ol' Maruti Suzuki 800

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Nokia N900:

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Demons

Pretty Flowers ! (Again)

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Nokia N8:

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Diwali Diyas (Candles)

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Apple iPhone 4S:

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Sony Xperia S:

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HTC One X:

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2012-09-30 17.41.37-3

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Nokia 808 PureView:

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A walk in the park - June 18th

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2012-09-02-2610

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Almost like the Sun. But not quite.

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The Lotus Temple, New Delhi

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Diwali DNA

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Flower Power

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The Highway

The Moon tonight

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Nokia Lumia 920:

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Cj's Lumia 920_20130118_008

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So what can you take away from looking at all these images?

Well, over the years, there’s no doubt that camera tech in mobile phones have improved drastically. When Nokia announced the 41 Megapixel 808 PureView at MWC last year, I literally stood there with my jaw dropped for a couple minutes (Nokia even has a video of me being dazed and confused after the announcement haha). Over the years, we’ve also been through a lot of phones. But if anything, this post was just to make you stop for a second and realise, that the camera in your average mobile phone today, is probably not too bad at all.

Someone once told me, that the worst picture you can take, is the one you dont (I think @MsJen said that, but she put the sentence together much better).

My first smartphone was the Nokia 7650, one of the first mobile phones to have a camera. I bought it back in Kuwait before I moved to India, and I’ve taken some very precious pictures with that VGA camera, but when Nokia’s N-Gage came along I sold it because I (a) really wanted the N-Gage and (b) couldnt afford it without selling the 7650. Selling the 7650 was probably the one thing I regret in life, because honestly, the 2 years where I used the N-Gage was probably the only “undocumented” part of my life since I moved to India, and while the memories remain, I still wish I had a camera around to ‘record’ some of them. Since then I vowed to never buy a phone without a camera, and thankfully today it’s not a hard decision, heh. My next phone was the Nokia 6630 which in those days, was the first 1.3 Megapixel camera phone around. Oh the wonders that the slight increase in resolution bought along. That lasted me until I bought an N80, which had a 3 Megapixel camera, but was fixed focus. I took some okay shots with that, but made another vow to never buy a fixed focus camera again, heh.

Then I bought the Nokia N95, which made me fall back in love with mobile photography again. So much so that it made me start ZOMGitsCJ, which at the time was more of a mobile photography showcase-and-news-blog but as you probably noticed, has evolved into what you see here on UnleashThePhones. When the N82 was announced, I thought the keypad was immensely ugly, and noone would use/need a xenon flash, but then after trial-ing one for a week, I very happily proven wrong, and couldnt go back to the N95 again, heh. I was so fascinated with the Nokia N82, that I bought one and backpacked around India using it as my only phone/camera/computer/diary.

Since then I’ve had a fascination with mobile photography and how it teaches you to look at the world around you. And having a camera around is always useful incase you don’t look enough. What’s the best picture you’ve taken on a mobile phone so far?

  • http://www.symbiantweet.com/ Fakhre

    Super Cool :D

    • http://UnleashThePhones.com/ Clinton Jeff

      Thanks man :D

  • http://twitter.com/GexN GexN – Norbert

    The 808 seems to win this competition. Even the simple photo of flowers or lamp using this phone looks great. Photos from other phones are cool too but rather because the interesting object or composition.

    • http://UnleashThePhones.com/ Clinton Jeff

      Oh yeah for sure, the 808 is fan-freakkin-tastic :D I <3 mine and carry it evverryywwhheeree

    • http://www.yashmaheshwari.com/ Yash Maheshwari

      That is why I love the other photos more :P The 808 pics are helped by the mind blowing camera. The other photos took some effort, tries & luck. A more rewarding experience for me :D