striving wrote:The only down side is that it will pause/stop recording if you receive a call.
Or if you make one, too - like calling the Police?
I'll leave it to you to decern the second reason that Trevor was looking for.
There is a third reason that I think is just as critical, which has developed since the common use of a Smart Phone. Consider recording as only half the issue, playback is just as important, and you must gain the attention of the authority sufficently to listen to the recording. Remember the most common scenario - you have been frog-marched out to the curb; the officers have separated you, while one is speaking to the wifey inside, the other is questioning you at the curb. The He-said, She-said
is resolved with the recording.
There is a huge difference in presenting a dedicated device as a prop, as thousands of our successful recordings have proven, it clearly indicates the issue of a false accusation was known and the degree of advance preparation matches the perceived threat.
How do you separate yourself from the unwashed masses who use their Smart Phone (since everyone owns one), how do you demonstrate to the responding officer that the seriousness of the matter was not lost on you - that you understood the possiblilty of arrest, the need for investigation, and created an additional barrier between you and the false accusation.
The separate device is a unique prop, and offers significant symbolic delivery that you understood the gravity of such accusations.
I join Trevor to see if you can establish, with some critical thinking, the second most important reason to carry a separate device rather than using your phone.