I owned a number of Nexus phones over the years, the flexibility and the pure Android experience is delightful. Though it was niche product, it was certainly a phone worth owning. I hate bloat (apps deemed useless or redundant) at least what I consider bloat. With every new Nexus Google was showcasing what their software could do tailored to hardware they had a hand in.
The latest Android P will not be available for the last Nexus phones produced Google offered (Nexus 6P/5X) but hey we do have the Pixel line of phones. I’m planing on getting one at some point.