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Re blocking off customization, you can add any app, game, book, magazine, personal doc, newspaper to 'Favorites' which is an area below the top carousel of most-recent activities.
Then you can access - from anything you're doing - one of your favorites, whether an app, game, or a book, etc., by pressing the Star that's a part of the menu that opens up with a press of the edge "||" icon. When you're through with the other activity, you're placed back where you were, before you interrupted it with one of the favorite activities.
You might want to reset the tablet one time by pressing the power button for about 20 seconds and then letting it go. When it turns back on, it'll have cleaned memory and reorganized things, and this generally takes care of the initial slowness.
I use Dolphin HD browser with mine, which is considerably faster for me than Amazon's 'Silk' web browser. I also use Google Maps, Street View and Google Earth (and the voice feature), getting non-Amazon apps from other app stores like Mobile1 or apknew. To be able to use apps from other appstores, you press Settings/Device and check the box for allowing the tablet to install apps from "unknown sources" - an Android feature Amazon kept.
Awesome. Thanks, Andrys.
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