I suggest the mono price 12 by 9 its only 90 dollars (pretty good for the size and 1024 pressure) and its got so many positive reviews. I do suggest buying the 10 dollar pen with it though because the one that it comes with kinda sucks.
My last tablet was a bamboo and that was £40, it lasted me 4 years. When I spilt water on it I could have upgraded but I didn't, I don't think the tools will improve you as an artist, they're not going to be -that- much better, and if you can't draw you're not going to draw with a better tablet.
I think if you want too, sure, but don't justify it because its "high end".
definitely. I have been using a bamboo pen and touch, and it started to feel really small and limited. I just got the Intuos 5 medium, and its awesome. Good size, good pen, wider selection of nibs. Definitely worth it.
differents nibs feel differently. some are rougher, which feels more like using a chalk to write on a blackboard. There is a smooth one which i like, and there is one with a spring, which makes it feel like a real brush. These are the ones i have in mine.