kindle_fire1Five months after Amazon debuted its $200 “game-changing” tablet, the Kindle Fire is feeling more like a McDonald’s hamburger next to Apple’s prime-rib, third-generation iPad.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Since PCWorld’s first roundup of recommended Kindle Fire apps, a cavalcade of new apps, tips, and hacks that breathe new life into the tablet have surfaced.

Now you can tweak the user interface, no rooting required. You can also view full desktop versions of websites, instead of the default–and minimalist–mobile versions that the Kindle Fire normally delivers. And you can add several gigabytes’ worth of music to your device without hogging valuable storage.

Here are five tips to rev up your Kindle Fire and put a bit of that tablet swagger back into your investment.

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