I use maptool because I'm based in a different country from my old gaming groups. However, much of the gaming is done on maps other than battlemaps. An example is the recent adventuyre played in Melvaunt from WotCs Mysteries of the Moonsea. Most of the adventure there was played over a city map. we have a 'party' token that shows where they are and as they explored the city they made notes of what the different regions where using the text tool on the map. We only switched to a tactical scale when a fight, or careful break-in adventure occured.
For face-to-face games I still bring a laptop because the online searchable SRD is a lifesaver for D&D. I also use maptool, but only on my ow laptop, so that I can use quick preset dice-rolls and precisely calculate distance. My players get line drawings on scrap-paper and their imagination. They do just fine.