I picked up a Wacom Intuos3 from a friend of mine from college. It's the bigger model, which is nice. A lot more work space...
I've never used one before, but just from kicking around with it over the weekend I have to say I completely understand the draw (pun intended if you like). It's a lot more intuitive to use. Not to mention the added look and feel of work you can achieve with one.
It's a few years old; since then Wacom has released the Intuos4 - but this thing is still kickin'. And for the price I got it it, no one could beat it.
Loving it! Thanks Jeff : )