It would be great if Google maps offered you the option to download cities for offline use. These bells and whistles are nice-but they're just that. Being able to use the maps without an active connection though, that would be a feature!
[citation][nom]SillyAmerican[/nom]Google Maps 5 looks like yuck. I prefer satelite because, well, that's what it really looks like. Not some weird 3D effects.[/citation]
Silly American, both modes offer different perspective for exactly that: That's what it actually looks like!
One has bird eye view and flat, the other has buildings and 3d landscape.
Both to better show you where you are and what you're looking at.