Restore via icloud or sync with icloud?

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macrumors 6502
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Feb 12, 2016
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When setting up a new iphone, what is the difference between 'restoring through icloud' and 'setting up as new' and syncing with Icloud? I have done both on different occasions and the outcome appears to be the same, other than needing to download apps with the latter approach.