Because contact records don't just contain email addresses
Someone on another forum suggested Companion Link with Deja Office. The only thing is that I will still use the gmail capability of the android device (no point hiding my gmail stuff). I'm just unsure whether that exposes all the data on the device to legal access by Google. I suspect that regardless of whether the EULA allows them to, it won't happen simply cuz Deja Office is a 3rd party app.