You forget, Abrams has no such control over the new Star Wars film. So you can only judge him by his cinematography.
what are you talking about? abrams production complany was handed complete control over the film and abrams was a producer long before he accepted the job as director. he had a heavy hand in what the story turned out to be. because of the viacom split from CBS corp and the deal that was eventually made, the movie side of the star trek franchise was handed over to people who never had anything to do with star trek and had no concerns or care for the franchise as a whole.
the original plan for the movie( before abrams changed it ) was for it to be the prequel to the original series that Roddenberry had wanted to do but never got done. it was going to be all new characters in the timeline after "enterprise" series but before the original series.
it was abrams that changed it from prequel to reboot/reset. and it was abrams who changed it from new characters to ripping off Roddenberry's original characters. why? because he didnt want to be restriced by anything( canon/lore anything from the series ) and it would be to hard from him and his hacks production( including the writers ) company to actually create new characters. also, because he wanted to strip away everything that makes star trek, star trek. just listen to or read interviews from JJ about the movie. he wanted to make a bland fluff action movies that would sell alot of ticked because it was star trek.