Kellen on Droid-life posted an article in which is inspiring the thread (I Didn't Buy a Nexus to Flash All the Things Droid Life and I have to ask do we still see the Nexus as the phone for tinkers and does Google still see it that way? If you were to poll people about why they are buying a nexus does rooting hit the top of the list? I know for me rooting, unlocking the bootloader, and flashing factory images are a factor but not the main reason. For me I like the look and feel of stock android and feel that it have really improved over the years since Doughnut and Eclair. I have also passed on a few nexus devices, like the nexus 4, for a Samsung product because it was a better device. I do feel like we want a great product that performs high end with the ability to tinker being the cherry on top. Those buying a nexus what are the make or break decisions that have you put it as the device of choice and where does rooting and unlocking the bootloader fit in the picture?