Honestly, Verge doesn't deserve these hands on exclusives. They are extremely Apple biased and the guy couldn't be less enthusiastic about the Nexus, it took him 3 words to mention Apple. I'd rather a site like Android Police which has done a grea...
There are a bunch of AOSP rom's for our phone, most of them share the same issues since it's the same code, with slight differences based on which commits they've added. I'm hoping we can list the common issues in one thread as a reference.
There is a very tight double embargo on the Nexus 6. A number of sites came out with unboxing and 'hands on' in which they were not allowed to show any of the things you mentioned. The actual reviews will come soon when the 2nd embargo lifts.
Is there any possibility of asking Google for official help on this project. I'd imagine with the help of some Android engineers, things would become a lot simpler. That is of course if Google even agrees in the first place, I don't know their sta...
Even if true, you should unlock the bootloader using tools found on XDA and then donate the $15 to the awesome devs here, thus making the world a better place :)