I think most people don't understand what the Nexus program really is. The Nexus is built to certain specs to allow for testing the OS etc. It was made mainly for developers to test with. I think what you have to understand is the Nexus is more about philosophy. You get a phone that is developer ready, unlocked that will run the latest version of Android. Most cell phone manufacturers sell a "developer" version of their phones, those phones cost usually around $800.00. and the boot loader is unlocked. What Google is trying to do is put out a phone that is the base standard. They design the OS to run on these devices and push it out to the users. They get feedback from the users and tweak the OS. Then they release stable builds to the developers and the manufactures. I have had each of the Nexus phones and will buy the 4 but I will also have a Note 2. I actually prefer stock Android without the skins but for most of the users out the they wouldn't know the difference. My wife has a GS2 and loves it because it does what she wants it to. She doesn't care about updates she just wants it to work. I on the other hand like to mess with stuff. It fun to put a Mod on the phone and mess with it and the put stock Android back on it. I guess it really depends on the user and that is why Apple still sells phones...Sheep buy iPhones because they really haven't changed that much. Why do you think the GS3 and Note are selling so well?