, it's worth noting that much of what's in @weightlifter
's "Standard Evidence Post" thread was written w/ Sony VARs in mind.
The ICDPX333 is a good bet. You can get smaller, thinner, etc, but that may mean giving up some of the other features (micro SD slot, ability to swap batteries in and out vs charging the VAR itself, etc). Plus it's not terribly expensive.
If you want to pick up a VAR from Best Buy, do this...
1) Open new email account. Don't name the account in any way similar to any existing email accounts.
2) Browse over to bestbuy.com and open an account there. Link it to your new email account.
3) Purchase VARs -- along w/ lithium or rechargeable batteries -- via bestbuy.com. Select the "ship to store" or "hold it for me" (can't remember the option name, and that's assuming that it's in stock) option.
4) Pick up VARs at your convenience.
Oh, and don't forget to pick up some Velcro.
As for seeing texts, calls, etc, once your wife's phone is on your account, you'll be able to see the numbers that she's calling, the numbers that are calling her, length of calls, etc. You'll see similar info for texts but not the texts themselves.
And that's only for texts sent/received via SMS. Anything sent/received via iMessage, WhatsApp, SnapChat, Kik, Viber, Line, FB Messenger, etc won't show up at all.
Also, you realize that's she's going to have to sign off on having the phone moved over, right? Posted via Mobile Device