Originally Posted by Crashdamage
One of the main reasons I ordered Nexus 4 was because I did *not* need to root it or run custom ROMs.
Custom ROMs became a necessity for me, rather than something I really enjoyed doing. I have better things to do with my time than reconfiguring my phone after every new flash. Although some were considered "stable", there were always paroxysmal bugs or broken features (like HDCP and MHL, commonly). There's too much custom hardware and closed source firmware, and too little documentation to get everything working 100%. I'm still grateful for the work of the community, but that's been my past experience.
I am also enjoying the N4. It's mine outright. There's no non-removable bloatware taking up storage, no Carrier IQ, and no blocked apps. I control it. That's important to me personally, and others like me. People feel differently about what's most important to them, and I understand that.