On the 2013 One, you can only make the default desktop something beside BlinkFeed and do something like move BlinkFeed off to the far left, but you can't remove it. Like you said, no huge deal because you can go custom. You just lose the Sense launcher and its visual coordination with everything else.
Just read that in Sense 6 you can remove BlinkFeed if you want.
Then again, if it were my phone, it would wind up running CM11
The camera was/is the deal breaker. I can't believe they made the same mistake twice and actually removed OIS on top of that.