The cell phone camera has the advantage of being available to you at all times, if you are like most people.
If you want to get more involved with photography, an advanced camera is very satisfying.
If you can attend some type of camera training, or join a camera club, it will hasten your journey.
You need to understand the interaction of shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Until you do, you can leave the camera set on Auto.
A DSLR camera with a kit lens will be a good start. The larger sensor will let you produce clearer photos under low light conditions.
A tip: with any camera, turn off the digital zoom. Digital zoom degrades the picture quality.
Optical zoom is all you want.
I love photography and I take a lot of aesthetically pleasing photographs with my phone camera. I always considered buying a professional camera (DSLR or SLR) to take more artistic and crisp shots. Most of my work as a hobbyist is taken on my phone and I always tend to be an in a perfect place to capture a scene. Should I purchase a new camera or keep using my phone as my main camera?