My intrepid friend Mohamad Amirizzuan Ramli (@amirizzuan on Instagram) was lamenting about how poor a shot he got with his phone. It wasn't too bad, actually. He was at the Ampang Lookout Point on top of Bukit Ampang. My shot from the same location, on a different night, is shown on the lower half of the pic.
He noted that he wished he carried a spare camera as I do. The problem wasn't just the limitations of a phone. The phone camera's auto exposure algo probably saw it as a night scene and kept the blacks black while maintaining the highlights.