Yeah, other Trek made more of a point of showcasing the ships and tech. Enterprise and the new movies only use them as a setting, without any emphasis. All the jokes about reversing polarities and "compensating!", but that really made the difference.
Really? The lack of focus on the tech is what made me like it much more. Sometimes shit broke and it couldn't be fixed, they had to scrounge and barter for parts; sometimes they couldn't Treknobabble their way out of a problem and actually had to rely on friends, allies, or cunning. It set things up really nicely with Commander Shran, who went from a foil and adversary to friend and ally of Archer. He even made a jab at Archer and Enterprise in one of the episodes, calling the ship "fragile".
A lot of the tech in Star Trek came out of necessity, the transporter was scripted in because they didn't have the money to show shuttles launching and landing in every episode. One of the points of "Enterprise" was going out beyond the frontier and not being ready, being outclassed, and missing a lot of the things we took for granted in "later" installments of the franchise.
The same report notes that it seems like the show might follow parallel storylines of a Federation Ship and a Klingon Bird of Prey, which sounds fun, if done right (DS 9 had some great Klingon-centered episodes, for example).
They went after Axanar because the producers would not stay within the very liberal boundaries set by the studio. They also kept poking the studio asking for explicit permission, which the studio was not going to grant, had they just stuck with what the studio was letting slide, they would have been left alone.