Eh, I can't give you advice on other tablets, but my Wacom Bamboo Splash was only $60 on Amazon and it's been lovely to draw with (and bamboo dock has a lot of fun tools to play around with, like their doodler, a program that converts your written letters to text, and a few games like paper cakes)
I like Wacom best. If you want something cheaper from Wacom to start with, try one of their Bamboo tablets. I have the Intuos 4 and it works like a dream. But if you're planning on getting an Intuos, I'd highly recommend getting a medium size or larger. It's worth the larger price tag, trust me.
I have a brandless Tablet, and it served me well the last 3 years. It is starting to get a little inconvenient, but man it did serve me well. I heard that people complain about their Wacom after a few months, so I guess I won't have to think about getting one for now...
Though I'm dreaming to have the awesome Wacom Tablet with the screen display, that one that costs like 2900 dollars
They sell genius tablets here. At first, I was tempted to buy one, since it was a quarter (locally at least) of the price of wacom tablet.
So, I tried one out in the store.
I couldn't even write my name with the damn thing. The pen was writing even if the tip was half a cm away from the tablet. There was no pen pressure, despite the sales guy fiddling with it for 15 minutes. I was assured that there would be.
Last month, I bought a generic $35 tablet. Looking at reviews, the tablet I bought was inferior to a wacom in all respects, but it still performs better than the piece of garbage that was a Genius tablet.