8×6 is huge compared to the 4×6 on the markets (They cost the same too) so this is rather ideal. It's priced nicely, doesn't break easily and lasts for quite a while (unless you throw it across the room or use it to hit someone with, which I recommend you don't)
The downside to this is that it's not compatible with Photoshop CS4 even with the new drivers. (I'm not sure if it works with CS3) but it works fine with CS2 and below and other painting programs.
I've had some friends comment that the mouse isn't sensitive enough and after a while of using this, you'll find that other mice are too sensitive so if that's a concern for you, then it might be a con. But the mouse is still fine, it doesn't lag. It's just not as sensitive.
This is easy to install and is compatible with Vista. Sometimes it might not get recognised so you just have to unplug and re-plug it .
The pen doesn't have tilt-sensitivity but for beginners, I don't think that's really a problem. This is a rather basic tablet, after all. (Tip for beginners: You need a few days to adjust to using a tablet. Maybe a bit more. Most people will find it hard to use at first)