If you’re considering a Nexus 6, which has been praised for its pure Android 5.0 Lollipop experience, you may want to consider buying it directly from Google or Motorola. Carrier models, at least from AT&T, will temporarily house the carrier’s own applications and won’t offer as “pure” of an experience as you might expect if you bought it elsewhere.
Gizmodo said the AT&T Nexus 6 will actually be free of any bloatware when you first turn it on, but the phone will then call upon AT&T’s cloud to download bloatware to the device. Typically, that means you’ll find applications such as AT&T Smart Wi-Fi, Mobile Hotspot, Mobile TV, myAT&T and Device Help installed. It’s really not that awful for AT&T subscribers, some of whom probably actually use the applications (I take advantage of myAT&T to pay my bill, for example), but it’s definitely not the purest of pure that you’ll find if you buy the device elsewhere.
TechnoBuffalo was able to verify these claims with AT&T, which also said that the apps can be removed by the end user. Again, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s something you should be aware of considering that pre-orders for the Nexus 6 on AT&T open today.