New front runner for next phone. And if you want to learn about smartphones, subscribe to Marques Brownlee on YouTube. The man knows his phones, and his background in photography and video production (which shows in the quality of his videos, they're the most detailed YouTube videos I've ever seen) means you're getting the best recommendations for the camera feature, which he always goes in-depth with. So I'll let him tell you why this phone is so great.
I'm still considering the LG V10, but the big con with that one is that it, so far, cannot be rooted. So no ad blocking. No backup/restore of apps and their data. On the other hand, it also has the IR blaster, the memory card reader, and a better camera. But it's Verizon, and I'd be stuck still paying $82 a month for 2GB of data. That's pretty sorry. But there are new Verizon plans to consider as well, so I will definitely give Verizon a chance to keep my business. Another option is to go to T-Mobile, who offer the V10 unlocked, which means it can be rooted as well. T-Mobile has much better pricing than Verizon, but their network coverage is the worst of the big five carriers, though they're probably improving the most.
Meanwhile with Google's carrier, Project Fi, I get unlimited talk/text for $20, and data for 1¢/MB, or $10/GB. And then the 128GB 6P is $27 a month to make monthly payments (it's a $650 phone). Even still, with the data I typically use, that'll take my phone bill down to $52 a month. Fi uses T-Mobile and Sprint, who don't offer the coverage of Verizon, but for $360 a year saved, I think I can deal with a slightly smaller coverage area. And actually, the smaller Nexus just got a $50 price drop, so if this one gets one in the next 5 months, it'll be just 25 a month, bringing my bill to or possibly just under $50. Trying to save money.
Especially with so many of my Android friends preaching Nexus... I hear you, I've been hearing you, but I feel like I need at least 96GB (what I have in my HTC One M8 now) for all the music I use. Granted, I use Spotify now (Spotify is cool) and their songs are much smaller than MP3s. I think they're using something else, like m4a (MPEG-4 Audio) or maybe Vorbis. It's encrypted so I can't tell, but these songs are less than half the size, or smaller, and the quality is great. These are files I've pinned for offline use. So the 64GB may be more than enough, but without a memory card, I'm gonna go with the big one, simply because I can't add storage. So anything I listen to regularly, is gonna be saved offline over Wi-Fi and put in a playlist (easier access until Spotify lets you sort by offline only) and I think I'll end up with a lot of free space... but better free space than not enough.
Don't even care about custom ROMs. I just want root and GravityBox (via Xposed).