Well I am here to say... They are NOT! I got married Sunday. Very small wedding, around 40 people, but just about all of my guests had smartphones. Most were iPhone's, 2 with Moto Droid, 2 with Droid X, 1 with whatever Sprints Galaxy Z line is (Captivate?), and 1 with Blackberry. The rest was a mix of older flip phones. My husband and I both have the Incredible. Of course, everyone was taking pictures. And while I had an actual photographer take "real" pictures for us, I also asked everyone to get me their own pictures. I am pretty sure I have them all collected now. Of course the couple flip phones sucked. But what surprised me most was the quality of pictures from the iPhone (1 was an iPhone 3, 2 were the iPhone 4). They SUCKED! If you make them any bigger than 4x6 they look horrible. And even at the smaller 3x5 they are still very washed out looking. Same with the Moto Droid but I suspected that... Next is the friends with the Droid X. Also a surprise, maybe 60% of the photo's were blurry. In all fairness, one of them just uploaded the pictures to Facebook so I am sure there's some quality loss from that. But still... I expected a lot better and was surprised to see that. One of the friends is really close so I asked him about it. He said that while the phone has the ability to take really decent pictures (and he did get a few) it is VERY hard to use and keep steady. Said he almost always ends up taking 4-5 shots of the same thing in order to get 1 decent shot. Last but not least is our phone and the Galaxy X phone. By far the best pictures. I didn't take any myself as I was too busy running around playing the good bride/host, but my husband took lots with the Incredible and so did the friend with the Samsung. A couple fuzzy shots here and there, but I can honestly say that if I had these pictures printed out at a full 8x10 or even 11x13 they would look great framed. So anywhere, there's my little thought for the day. Clearly this isn't a scientific study of the camera's and there are a lot of factor's to consider. I am pretty sure everyone was running default settings, and with some tinkering you could probably do better. And you do have to consider the person using it, if they have steady hands and the angle they shot at (near light, using flash, so on etc). But at the end of the day, the average phone user isn't a photographer who knows all about lighting and tinkering with settings, so I think it's a good representation of real world conditions.