John, don't get so caught up on tablets. After reading the mini-essay you wrote on the point of this thread, I think "Who cares?" at the idead of such in-depth commentary on each tablet. Obviously, as stated, Intuos is choice among artist. Im not sure if anyone wants to sit down and write a paper on how the Intuos is better when they can just point to the features list. And it has been discussed many times before, how about learning to do a forum search? Go draw somthing, use whatever tablet you have, and post it.
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