In preparation of a likely underwhelming Nexus 5 release, I have been considering other phones, specifically the G2 and the Moto X. Obviously the biggest selling point of a Nexus is stock Android, but is that even worth it anymore? If you don't like the launcher that comes with your phone, download Nova to simulate the stock launcher. If you don't like the lock screen, download WidgetLocker. And now you can even get the stock Google Keyboard from the Play Store along with just about every Google app. And many third party alternatives are better than their stock Android counterparts. One example that comes to mind is the Messaging app. Get a third party messaging app and you can avoid using SMS/MMS and you can get convenient popups. After seeing what some manufacturers have put into Android, it makes me wonder if stock Android is all that special. It almost seems kind of boring to me now. I have never used a non-Nexus Android phone, and I am curious to get other opinions on this. So what have been your experiences in terms of stock Android vs manufacturer skin? Do you often disable bloatware apps that you do not use? Is it just as easy to disable those apps as it is to disable downloaded apps from the Play Store on a Nexus? I know a lot of people root and flash custom ROMs on their non-Nexus phones, but I am trying to not factor that into my decision at the moment.