Originally Posted by garybeck
thanks, but how do I do the last step, without getting the tablet logged on to gmail?
The thing about Gmail is that it serves two purposes on Android.
1. The obvious use, is an email address. Use of this is completely optional. No one needs to send email from it, or use it to receive email either.
2. It also functions as a person's log in credential. So like you said OP, any apps purchased are tied to that particular Gmail account. As a log in, it goes deeper than that. The calendar is tied to it, the contacts that will be imported will be linked to it, Google Talk is tied to it, and so on. This way, if the tablet is ever replaced, you log in using the same gmail and password, and all those other things just mentioned shoot back onto it, so they aren't lost.