Yeah, exactly! when I got my first 'smart phone' the sales guy asked me for my gmail account..That happened with me and smart phones. I delayed getting one for a while, and when I finally tried to use one, I had no idea how to do anything. I think that the phone interface has slowly evolved over the years, so if you had one from the beginning you could figure it out incrementally. But it just took one giant leap of development way past me and I can't catch up now.
(I'm referring to lots of little things such as gestures, and the hamburger menu....)
"I don't have one"
Well, you need one to get your phone set up.
I have Hotmail..
No, you need to have a Gmail account
Cuze that's the way it works. Here, let's get you set up with one..
[frantically, in the store, get a google account set up.. I likely have a Gmail inbox full of crap buy now!]
-we go thru a few settings, and I ask about having my e-mail on it.
Well, you now have a Gmail account, it uses that.
But I have a hotmail account.
Yeah, it doesn't use that.. You will need to go and convert it all over to Gmail
I have since figured it out, but wasn't easy.