I found an awesome tip that makes going into dead zones not so bad. I download offline Google Maps onto my first generation Nexus 7 using my home wi-fi. It saved my bacon last fall when I went to Lake Roberts in southwest New Mexico. Couldn’t find the road to get down to the lake, so I opened the offline loaded image and found the boat ramp road.
Here’s what I did to get the data to my Nexus…
The 12 MB download expires in one month unless it’s updated.
It doesn’t do the street view, just the map and satellite views.
At this moment I can’t remember if, when in offline mode, Google Maps pinpoints where the Nexus and I are located. I think it does.