One thing I should ask if anybody knows. But When TMP was made, and the Enterprise was redesigned for that, did anybody complain? If not, Why?
From what I've been told via Youtube, many fans moaned and groaned about the redesign. About as much as fans do today when it comes to the JJ Abrams design. I guess some things never change.
I would've liked to have seen the Phase II design as well. We still could. Who's to say it couldn't make an appearance in later episodes as a newer ship.
I don't recall a lot of moaning and groaning. It's hard to be too nostalgic for the TOS Enterprise when the FX shots in TOS are so grainy you can barely even tell what the thing looks like. TOS Remastered, maybe, but not TOS. It's an iconic design but was never showcased in a way that would look epic in a movie.
Along those lines, there's a big difference in how the TMP Enterprise was "sold" to the audiences vs. the 2009 Enterprise.
The TMP Enterprise was "sold" to us in 1979 via the infamous dry-dock sequence, followed by the dry-dock pull-out sequence, both featuring some of the very best music ever written for science-fiction.
People argued over the pacing of TMP, but few if any argued that the TMP Enterprise was a sexy piece of rolling sculpture that was a huge improvement over the 1960s version. The Enterprise symbolized the franchise and the lugubrious rollout in TMP was Paramount's way of saying "here it is, Star Trek reborn, this time with a big budget that will make you feel the size and heft of these ships."
The 2009 film, coming as it does long after audiences have become jaded by FX and demanding quick-cutting, simply rushed through the introduction of the Enterprise. Since the filmmakers didn't communicate to the audience that the Enterprise "meant something, dammit!" by giving it the proper screentime, then it makes sense that the audience would be equally "meh" about it, no matter what it looked like, but it was made worse by it looking like crap.