Thanks Meter 42
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Somewhere out west
This has been my experience - without a google account, none of the apps that require Google Play Services will function correctly or may fail to sync. Play store, play music, hangouts, keep, gmail, calendar, contacts, wallet, drive etc. The phone should function fine otherwise. Some people prefer to use their phone without a google account and are willing to give up the convenience of their services.
Motorola V620->HTC 8125->HTC Tilt2->HTC Vivid->Google Nexus 4->Moto X