In my opinion, First Contact achieved with ease what Abrams & Co were always talking about with Trek 2009 and STD.
You didn't need to know anything
about Trek to get excited by First Contact. A much faster pace, a completely new visual style, more action, an exciting space battle, that closer-to-earth approach with 21st century characters bouncing against the 24th century characters. And it's LOADED with references to previous Trek without being annoying or contrived. References to DS9, TOS, VOY, previous TNG episodes (like Dixon Hill episodes), Klingons, Romulans, Vulcans, Zephram Cochrane. Holy heck, even Barclay is in it.
First Contact condenses the ENTIRE franchise into one film. First Contact is the very first choice when I want to introduce someone to Trek.
It IS the same as Star Trek 2009 regarding all intentions. But I like the execution of First Contact a lot more.