I actually came on here to post a similar question.

Is there any way to use Google to sync contacts, then remove the Contacts account and leave the contacts on the Pre? I read in one of the WebOS release notes that the polling interval for the Google Contacts accounts is every few minutes. This undoubtedly has a huge impact on battery life.

Basically, I have 235 contacts right now in Google that are synced to my Pre. I want all of these on my phone, but with no Contacts account constantly syncing and ruining my battery life. Is there any way to make this happen?