I know this thread is a little old and I don't know what you ultimately decided to spend your money on, but here are a few thoughts:
As with most things, your get what you pay for. While I encourage spending money on a board I hope you are thinking in terms of set up, which you made no mention of, because there isn't a board out there that can compensate for crapy bindings and boots. Secondly, if your have to as the question, " is this board for me", the. Chances are RIGHT NOW it is not..as you are still discovering how you want to ride..for now invest in something a little more forgiving.. At least until you a proficient enough rider..Not only will our ass, but your base and topsheet will thank u for it later.. Alas this comes from someone whose first board was a Ride Concept UL, a higher end board. I love my board, but ended up buying another board that was better suited fr buttering and playing around in the park.