It depends on the person. I don't care what anyone says, the Nexus line is lagging behind. The only thing that separated it from other OEM flagship phones was the fact that the OS was 100x better. But we are starting to see companies improve on Android, whether it be Motorola, HTC or even the questionable TouchWiz from Samsung. So who do I recommend the Nexus line to and those that I don't?
If for some reason you can't get a good plan. A lot of the times there is only 1 network in a certain area, and they force higher prices on the people. Especially if you sign a contract. The Nexus price tag gives you some leverage; then again the Moto G also gives you the same leverage.
If you are really into the update as soon as possible, I can understand the joy my fellow Nexus users get when there is a new update waiting for them...but for a lot of smartphones it really isn't needed. I only say this, because it is fully recognized that Google has started to detract from updating Android as frequently so there is less fragmentation. So there is no real added benefit from being in the Nexus program anymore for this reason...but some people still choose to focus on that point.
But the majority of the time, I don't suggest the Nexus line to most other people. Why? For the vast consumer base, rooting and what not is really not that fun. So why wouldn't I suggest it?
1. The camera. Google is not a "hardware" manufacturer. So the camera implementation and any other hardware implementation tends to be half baked and not as good as any other smart phone out there. [Even with the new updated camera]
2. There are no features. Yes...I said it. If what you want is a media consumption device...you don't look at the Nexus line. You look at HTC with boom sound speakers. If you want a good camera, look at the Lumia or S5. Each suggestion is based on what someone really wants.
Honestly, I love my Nexus 5. But it does feel like Google focuses on the software [which is understandable] tells and OEM to put a low budge phone together and throws that software into the phone. It feels like OEMs with flagship smartphones put more effort and thought into their phones and it translates over. So yes and no. I would suggest it...but only to a very few people, lol.
At the moment, just from experience...with mostly touchwiz and the moto x.....the moto x is my go to recommended phone.
Sent from my N5, N7, Moto X, G Tab 3 or S2.....