I remember starting a thread here a few years ago rallying for us to get a Nexus on Verizon. Now that I have owned a few Nexus devices, I have noticed a trend of quality control issue(s) that have become an annoying pattern. I was in line waiting for the Galaxy Nexus a few years ago and finally got a Verizon Nexus in my hands only to run into a batch of issues. Some I overlooked because the dev community produced fixes (ie volume). I went through 5 Nexus devices because of radio issues being unbearable. I finally gave up and bought an HTC Rezound (much better radios) but ended buying the Galaxy Nexus again.
As much as I loved my Galaxy Nexus, it was frustrating to see my signal drop constantly; I even swore off Samsung because of the radios only to buy a Note 2 which has been solid for me in every category. Still, even though I was disappointed in the Galaxy Nexus, I was more on the side of blaming Verizon and Samsung than Google so when I had the chance to get a Nexus 7, I jumped on it only to find out it had sleep of death and charging issues (charging issues was from the battery cable not being plugged in and sleep of death from powering off the device while still plugged into the computer).
We go to the Nexus 7 2013 and there are issues with the multitouch panel. Here we are with the Nexus 5 and I was so excited about it that I put in my order through Google via play store on day 1. If it was not for my gut telling me to cancel and make sure the first batch on Nexus 5s do not turn out to be plagued with issues I would have my Nexus 5 now. My eyes have been glued on various forums waiting to see every one say "this is the best Nexus ever I have no issues", sadly I saw issues (Nexus 5: Common Problems Users Have and How to Fix Them | Digital Trends) that ranged from dead pixels, vibration motor, and low speaker volume and on XDA a member believed the issue to be a result of glue. (How to Fix the Low Speaker Volume on Your Google Nexus 5 ? xda-developers)
So this brings me to the title question: Because the Nexus devices are being sold for cheap, have manufacturers given up on providing proper quality control?
I understand that nexus devices are sold at a cheaper price but $400 is not pocket change (at least not for me) and if I spend my hard earned money on a product I expect the build to be up to standard. Now I am ok with Google deciding to go with cheaper parts but cheaper should not mean poorly assembled.
Am I scrutinizing Google too heavily or is this a fair assessment?