I ran out yesterday and bought a small and inexpensive graphics tablet, the Wacom Graphire 3, A6 size. I've been wanting one for years, and now that I'm doing some quick sketches for various kinds of work, I wanted to try to have them digital rather than on paper. I chose the Wacom 3 from the review in Macworld ("too good a deal to pass up").
The tablet came with a pressure-sensitive pen with eraser and a two-button-and-scroll-wheel mouse to be used on the tablet.
It's fun! Takes a bit of practice to get accurate, of course, but I was able to doodle in Photoshop right away:
Then I did a quick storyboard for a stretchtext experiment. It worked fine, and is exactly what I wanted the tablet for.
Apple's handwriting recognition software Ink started as soon as I mounted the tablet, but I couldn't make it recognize anything. Might be me, I found it very hard to write properly on the plastic surface, as you can see on the doodle. Perhaps because I'm a leftie?