In another (now closed) thread I asked about blocking Contact syncing while still allowing Gmail (email) to sync. The following response was offered:
Even following those steps I still don't see an option to disable Contact syncing. If I go into Contacts and press the Menu button, and then press "Accounts" I get to the screen with "General sync settings", where I can enable Auto-sync, and "Manage accounts". Underneath the "manage Accounts" is listed my one Gmail account. Pressing my one Gmail account takes me to "Data & synchronization", which shows "Sync Contacts", "Sync Calendar" and "Sync Gmail" - but my only options are "Touch to sync now" for each item or "Remove account" at the bottom of the screen. Pressing "Menu" again brings up the "Sync now" button, which presumably syncs all of them. I'm not seeing anything that looks like it will disable Contact syncing, although others have mentioned it is possible.Go into your contacts and press the menu button, select the account (assuming you have more than one) and disable contact syncing. Your email on that account will still sync. You can do this individually for multiple accounts.
Is there an intermediate step I'm missing, or just not seeing it?