I'm really interested to start making my own draws in pc. In general I really want to start seriously in the graphical design. Maybe I'm also so enthusiastic, but I thought that I could buy a tablet as start to channel this positive feeling.
What do you think? Should I reconsider it a bit? If you agree, which tablet you recommend me? or there are any other possibilities...
I bought a Wacom tablet years ago, but made the mistake of buying a large (9"x12" one, thinking I would need it as large as a sheet of paper. That didn't work well - the arm movements for a tablet on your desk (allowing for a keyboard as well) were too great). Go for 8" x6" instead. Drawing on one surface while looking at another is quite a learning curve, and like me you might never master it.
I love using my Wacom tablet. I agree with Richard Grevers about the size factor. I started out with a larger one at work and gave it to a graphic designer and got a new one which is smaller. I opted for the space on my desk and I have not noticed any difference in the pen's responsiveness. I got used to drawing and looking at the screen quite fast, but I do wish I could afford a Cintiq or the likes, since you can draw directly on the screen. I recommend using a tablet if you find yourself drawing a lot of sketches or user interface diagrams and want to be able to sketch ideas and get them digital fast. I work with graphic designers that swear by the larger tablet, but they mainly draw ALL day.
I find the tablet suits me and I recommend buying a simple one that is small enough to not take up too much space on your table, since that will definitely be a problem if you have to use a keyboard. I have used an Intuos3 for about 2 years now and before that a Graphire4. I think that the new Intuos4 is a big improvement and offers a better placement of extra buttons, but I have not tested it out myself. Since Wacom launched their new Bamboo tablets, I think that they offer a good compact solution, especially if you are used to the Mac's multitouch trackpad system. They seem to have solved the problem of carrying around a mouse and pen. If you are able to test out some solutions at a store, I highly recommend it. The smaller tablets are more affordable and I feel that they are a good starting point, if you are not sure if you want to invest too much right at the beginning.
I use a Wacon Intious A5 Wide. I really like the wide-screen mode as it fits perfectly to my screen.
But if you're not going to do advanced illustration and painting I think the new Bamboo Touch is a good alternative. With it you scroll, zoom and rotate the canvas with your fingers. I know I definitely would have use or it, it looks real neat. In the latest issue of Advanced Photoshop reviews and rates it 9/10.