The clear gel like edging helps gives grip to the phone in one hand preventing slips and is good shock absorption if dropped. The gel edging also allows for and works well with the 'Squeeze for Google Assitant' function on the Pixel 3. The edging is slightly raised around the screen of the phone to help screen protection without getting in the way. It covers the power and volume buttons but allows their use without any extra pressure needed.
The cut out around the camera, fingerprint sensor, microphone and USB C port are all very good and do not hinder their function.
There is a slim silver outline which adds a little bling and fits in well with the design of the Pixel.
The only negative side is that the gel material does not look as clear as the plastic backing and seems a little ghosted but it does provide very good protection.
I bought this for my daughter to protect her phone and it was all thumbs up from her too as she was able to show off the pink colour of her Pixel 3 without adding too much bulk to the phone either.