Okay so Android Studio seems better now:
The gradle plugin documentation and android studio documentation is playing catch-up. But, for now most of the time you can hand edit the gradle build file and get it set up as the gradle sample zip has hints. The main thing is the project stuff as the UI wizards in the IDE or not finished/enabled yet.
BTW, if migrating from eclipse in the global settings change the compiler setting to ecj as it android studio and Intellij come bundled with it and it decreases your build time by about 45%.