I am in the very same situation. I transferred from a Pixel 2 XL to this, love everything, but this basic AOD is killing me.
I also hate how it obnoxiously changes position every few seconds, instead of how the Pixel slowly moves down a few pixel's every minute. It makes me instinctively look at the screen every minute because I see something move.
I am hoping this phone will permanently replace my Pixel, but this AOD feature really is crucial while running my business.