Re: Never had a Nexus
These Pixel phones certainly strike me as very dull. They look like an iPhone 4 with the home button missing... What's the deal with the huge top and bottom bezel, those are horrid... A bit of bezel on the sides is preferable to allow for squashy hands (are you listening Samsung Edge - stop it, it's silly!).
And I'm a self confessed Nexus boy too!
Guess I'll be sticking with the Nexus 6 for another year... And hell, why not, it's still a superb phone (QHD Amoled, NFC, Wireless charging, 64gig, surprisingly good camera)... It's big, and I love it (as the actress said to the bishop!). It's got stereo front facing speakers too, and still smaller top/bottom bezels than this new iPixel thing!
As for Nexus (vanilla) phones being boring, that's all down to you... It's Android, you customise the crap out of it! I didn't like the new launcher with it's odd application scrolling, so I've got Nova launcher, and it'll act in any way I want it to.