i have the 9x12 intuos3 and i lubz it, if it would consent i'd sleep with it. my favourite functions from the wacom stuff is the wonderful little shortchut keys and zoom pad on the sides means i can paint with my feet on the desk and not have to touch my keyboard or mouse.
Was definatly weird drawing with it the first time cuz my first tablet was a little Genius one, it did the job but wasnt half as nice to use as the wacom.
Also to you wacom owners, "do you ever use the tablet mouse?" i find i dont use it at all cuz it feels all wrong.
i also found after using the tablets pressure sensitivity for a while when i went back to doing pencil work i had a new found depth to pressure when shading.
"The trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it"