Are you still interested in Palm Pre?

According to recent traffic figures from clicksharing community Compete, yes.Despite no firm release date, no news in two months and a flurry of headlines about Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry and various Google Android devices, the Palm Pre is still on consumers' minds, according to Compete.

According to recent traffic figures from clicksharing community Compete, yes.

Despite no firm release date, no news in two months and a flurry of headlines about Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry and various Google Android devices, the Palm Pre is still on consumers' minds, according to Compete.

Unique visitors to Pre pages have hovered around 100,000 for the last seven weeks after hitting a peak of 400,000 at CES, according to Compete. Traffic has remained steady despite inconsistent promotion on Palm and Sprint's sites, MediaPost notes.

But nothing makes sense in a vacuum. To make sense of the Pre's traffic figures, Compete compared its numbers to Apple's iPhone. Using traffic to Apple.com and ATT.com around the launch of the original iPhone in January 2007, Compete found higher levels (a peak of 600,000 visitors to Apple.com) but a similar pattern.

Compete's Eleanor Baird writes:

"Although the numbers were higher for the iPhone than the Pre, the Pre's numbers are fairly strong in comparison, especially when you factor in how much buzz surrounded Apple's first foray into a smartphone market that was much less crowded in early 2007."

I've previously criticized Palm's decision to keep the device under wraps, but these figures may indicate that the wait isn't significantly hurting interest in the Pre.

"It looks like the Pre may be positioned to have a fighting chance in a very challenging marketplace," Baird writes.

So let's do a little informal poll, shall we?

[poll id="11"]

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